Neon Jungle ‘no comment’ over claims they covered Banks song without artist’s knowledge

Version of 'Waiting Game' appears on girl band's debut album 'Welcome To The Jungle'

BANKS has claimed that Neon Jungle did not ask to cover her song ‘Waiting Game’, which is included on the debut album they released on Monday (July 28).

The song was first released by Banks (pictured right) in 2013 and is set to appear on her own debut album, ‘Goddess’, when it is released in September. However, a version of the song now appears on ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ by the British girl band (pictured above), which was released this week.

Addressing the subject on her Facebook page, Banks wrote: “People keep asking why I let Neon Jungle put my song ‘Waiting Game’ on their album when my album has yet to come out. The answer is I was never asked. I was as shocked as you to see this song made up of my own heartbeats on their album. A song that was born from my real life, my real heartache, my real fingertips when I was at one of the most confusing times in my life.”

She went on to add that the alleged situation “feels really icky”. “I guess I can only hope ‘Waiting Game’ means as much to Neon Jungle as it did to me when I wrote it.”

When approached by NME, a representative for Neon Jungle declined to comment.

Neon Jungle’s album also features a cover of Hozier‘s ‘Take Me To Church’ and is on course for a Top 10 place in this week’s Official Albums Chart, entering the Midweek Chart at Number Six.

Banks releases ‘Goddess’ on September 8. The album features ‘Waiting Game’ alongside singles ‘Brain’ and ‘Beggin For Thread’. She also tours the UK in November:

BANKS will play:

Birmingham Institute (November 17)
Glasgow O2 ABC (19)
London O2 Academy Brixton (23)
Manchester Ritz (25)

To check the availability of Banks tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765.