Los Angeles indie rock five-piece Banta have released their second single, "I'm Not Yours," off of their forthcoming full-length debut album Dark Charms. The track is the second taste of what fans can expect from the bands new album. "I'm Not Yours" can be streamed on Elmore Magazine or listen to "I'm Not Yours" below:
"My inspiration for this song came after reading Anais Nin's novel 'A Spy in the House of Love,'" singer Sharaya Mikael explained. "The chorus lyric is a nod to the book. I strongly related to the lead character in her struggle to find her identity as a strong independent woman in a mans world. This song is a personal story. It traces a time in my life when I was shedding the expectations society puts on women specifically."
Banta formed in September of 2013 after musician Sharaya Mikael moved to Los Angeles from Nashville where she'd been pursuing a solo career. The band knows that a career doesn't develop overnight - and they're willing to put in the time.
Mikael, who grew up in Portland singing and playing guitar, called it quits on a stable career in 2010 to follow her musical passion fulltime. After moving to Echo Park from Nashville, Mikael realized that her buoyant indie rock songs might be best conveyed with the help of a band. The group unveiled their debut EP in 2014, recorded with producer and Greylag frontman Andrew Stonestreet, and began playing shows around Los Angeles, including the Buzzbands LA Showcase at Echo Park Rising and opening slots at The Satellite, The Echo and The Troubadour. The continuous live shows eventually led to a signing with Highroad Touring Agency and the band toured with Houndsmouth in the summer of 2015.
Banta's full-length debut album Dark Charms will be released February 12, 2016 via eOne Music/Fast Plastic.