Devendra Banhart: ‘I listened to Ocean Colour Scene religiously’

Singer-songwriter shares his love of Britpop in new interview

Devendra Banhart has shared his love of Britpop bands, singling out Suede and Ocean Colour Scene for specific praise.

The singer-songwriter releases new album ‘Mala’ next week (March 25) and spoke to The Guardian about one song on the album which sees Banhart telling the story about the time he queued up to see Suede live in concert. Explaining how the settings of the song are autobiographical, but the characters are not, he said: “I stood in line. But when I stood in line I couldn’t wait for the line to move so I could watch Suede, the band that I love to this day. I love almost every Britpop band. I’m going deep here.”

Admitting that he had not heard of Shed Seven, Banhart went on to say: “But do you know who else I always loved? Ocean Colour Scene. They were great, man. I listened to a couple of their songs just religiously.”


Devendra Banhart has also announced plans for a short UK tour to support the release of the album, which was recorded in LA. Banhart will play Brighton The Old Market on June 28, Manchester The Ritz on July 17 and London’s Barbican on July 18. Tickets go on sale March 5.

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