There is always excitement when a legend like George Lynch announces a new project, especially one like The Banishment. Lynch teams up with Devix AKA and Joe Haze to form a new band that combines his trademark guitar with a more industrial sound and an underground art aesthetic. The band is looking for your help to fund the project through their Indigogo site. All three members recently took some time to talk about this exciting new venture.
Please press the PLAY icon below for the MisplacedStraws Conversation with The Banishment. I apologize in advance for the audio quality, each member was in a different place, including a car:
On how the band evolved – Lynch – Initially, I met Haze through Mandy Lion from World War III, who I knew from working on a record in 1992 called Sacred Groove. He co-wrote an important song with me called “The Beast”. So we decided to get together and start this project. When I started working with Haze it went in a different direction than I think Mandy had anticipated and when he got the material it just wasn’t a great fit. Nothing against Mandy, it just was not a great fit for whatever reason. He wasn’t feeling it and we weren’t feeling it, we just mutually decided this isn’t working and we went our own ways. I liked the way it was working and so did Haze so we kept treading water, did a variety of recording that was really fun, came up with all these beds, then we eventually hooked up with Tommy (Victor) from Prong. Tommy worked on a couple songs with us that we still have and may be released later after the record is finished and released as bonus tracks. They’re really good and Tommy did a great job. He got really busy and his manager was like, “Well, I don’t see a lot of traction with this thing. We’re gonna have to bow out for now”, I was like, “OK”. 5:22
On how the music evolved after Devix joined – Lynch – Once we got Devix on board it was really a matter of re-programming the music. It’s not the simplest arrangements, they’re pretty complex and I think the challenge was to make them digestible for Devix to address and put his stamp across. Of course, we had to deal with the limitations of the pandemic and how we can work, so that was very frustrating. It’s been a long process punctuated by intense periods of work followed by long periods of inactivity. On paper, we’ve been working on this project for probably seven years but we’ve really put about six months of work into it. 11:45