Dayton, Ohio-based songwriter and bassist Mike Bankhead makes hooky modern rock music that expresses vivid stories about life’s delicate spaces and his emotion-fueled journey. His songs feature catchy melodies, inventive chord progressions and energetic rhythms. A natural poet, Bankhead’s bittersweet lyrics explore heartbreak, love, longing, memories and self-discovery.
Mike Bankhead released his debut album, Echo in the Crevices, on July 1, 2017. He recorded the album at Reel Love Recording Company with well-known Dayton engineer Patrick Himes. The album featured a host of seasoned musicians, including Brian Hoeflich (Cherry Lee & the Hot Rod Hounds, Flyaway Minion, John Dubuc's Guilty Pleasures), Tod Weidner (Shrug , Motel Beds), Kyle Byrum (Salvadore Ross), Tim Pritchard (The Boxcar Suite, Shrug), and three-fourths of The New Old Fashioned. Bankhead considers it a privilege that this album reflects the spirit of community and collaboration in Dayton.
Bankhead released a new single, "Little Light", on May 3, 2019, and is currently hard at work recording songs for his second full-length album. In the meantime, he is pleased to participate in the first Local Music Day in Dayton, Ohio, releasing a split album with The Paint Splats titled Defacing the Moon on November 9, 2019. Join his mailing list to get an inside look at his creative process, and be the first to hear new material.