The Banyans

Named for the banyan trees that Andy Fitts climbed as a boy in Hawaii, his band The Banyans proffer pared-down indie pop songs just as idyllic as a childhood spent on an island paradise sounds. Fitts and company are currently writing songs for a full-length Banyans album, and have offered six of them online for free download. Of those, the two standout tracks, “Settle Up” and “JC Grenade 1,” reveal Fitts’ vast potential as a songwriter. On the other hand, love ballad “Every Waking Minute” is so saccharine that it’s cloying. (Then again, even in this economy I’d bet money the song’d make a girl less cynical swoon.) Even at their poppiest, though, the Banyans are charming. And Fitts’ affection for his 1968 Brazilian ukulele adds a winsome touch to his songs, which surely distinguishes the Banyans from Seattle’s myriad other pop bands. With Battle Hymns and Pablo Trucker. SARA BRICKNER

Sat., Jan. 17, 10 p.m., 2009

 
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