Matthew Bannister (musician)

Matthew Bannister (musician)
Matthew Bannister

Matthew Bannister outside Experience Music Project, Seattle, Washington, during the 2007 Pop Conference.
Background information
Born 1962 (age 48–49)
Occupations Musician, media theoretician
Instruments Vocals/Guitar
Years active 1981–present
Associated acts Sneaky Feelings
Dribbling Darts
The Mutton Birds
The Weather

Matthew Bannister (born 1962) is a New Zealand musician, journalist, and academic. Originally from Dunblane in Scotland he moved to New Zealand with his family when he was 17.


Musical career

After a stint as a teenager in the late '70's playing rhythm guitar in working men's clubs and other unlicensed venues with Gavin Keen (lead guitar), Graeme Dooley (drums) and Spike Quinn (bass) in 60's covers band Feedback, in 1981, while he was a student at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, he co-founded the band Sneaky Feelings, for which he was lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. After the band dissolved in 1989, Bannister moved to Auckland, where he formed Dribbling Darts and worked as a journalist and reviewer. Both bands had music released on the Flying Nun record label. He has also worked briefly with The Mutton Birds. He released a solo album, Moth, in 2007 as One Man Bannister. In 2008 he released an album with The Weather called Aroha Ave.

Positively George Street

In the mid-1990s, Bannister began writing a memoir about his experiences as a musician in the 1980s Dunedin scene. Partly, this was a response to concerns he had over being "written out" of New Zealand's indie music history: "I published a book ... about Sneaky Feelings because I felt we were being written out of the label's history and indeed out of indie history, for example our non-appearance in various articles about Flying Nun, in indie discographies, and in local ... rock polls".[1] This book, Positively George Street, appeared in 1999.

Academic career

In 1998, Bannister returned to full-time study as a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Film, TV and Media Studies at the University of Auckland, graduating in 2003. His thesis was entitled White Man's Soul: Pakeha masculinities in popular music of New Zealand / Aotearoa. A revised version of the thesis appeared as a book, White Boys, White Noise: Masculinities and 1980s Guitar Rock, in the Ashgate Popular Music and Folk Series in 2006.

He now works at the Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC) as Theory/Post Graduate advisor in the School of Media Arts.

Personal life

Both Bannister's parents were academics working at Otago University. Bannister is married to Dribbling Darts/The Weather bandmate Alice Bulmer.[2]


  • Sneaky Feelings 1981-89, 1992
  • Dribbling Darts (originally Dribbling Darts of Love) 1989-1993
  • Mutton Birds (played guitar on tour in 1999)
  • The Weather 2004-2009
  • The Changing Same 2009-

Solo Album

  • Moth (as One Man Bannister) (2007)


  • Bannister, Matthew (1999). Positively George Street. Auckland: Reed Books. ISBN 0-7900-0704-5
  • Bannister, Matthew (2002). White Man's Soul: pakeha masculinities in popular music of New Zealand / Aotearoa, PhD thesis, University of Auckland.
  • Bannister, Matthew (2005). "Kiwi Blokes Recontextualising White New Zealand Masculinities in a Global Setting," Genders Journal, no. 42.
  • Bannister, Matthew (2006a). "'Loaded': Indie Guitar Rock, Canonism, White Masculinities," Popular Music 25, no. 1: 77-95.
  • Bannister, Matthew (2006b). White Boys, White Noise: Masculinities and 1980s Guitar Rock. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. ISBN 0-7546-5190-8


  1. ^ Matthew Bannister, "'Loaded': Indie Guitar Rock, Canonism, White Masculinities," Popular Music 25, no. 1 (2006): 79
  2. ^ Matthew Bannister article by Jeff Neems at Powertoolrecords

External links

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