Banners – ‘All Back to Mine’

Track By Track: Banners breaks down his latest album, All Back To Mine

Banners - 'All Back to Mine'
Album cover for All Back To Mine by Banners courtesy of the artist

All Back To Mine, U.K. pop singer-songwriter Banners’ latest album, marks his triumphant return to Liverpool, his beloved hometown, after a spellbinding journey across North America. Brimming with themes of camaraderie, hope, and affection, All Back To Mine is a jubilant ode to life’s simple pleasures. Recorded over nine months in Liverpool and Scotland, the album encapsulates the sheer joy of Nelson’s homecoming journey.

In the exclusive track by track that follows, Banners takes us through his latest album, All Back to Mine.

“I lived away from home for a little while. Quite a long time actually. Sometimes life is happening somewhere else and that’s where you need to go. Sometimes you need to go so that you can come back. And then being back is the greatest gift you could ever be given. This album is the sound of me being back. Back with my friends and family. The most inspiring people in the most inspiring place. I think mainly this is the sound of me being happy, knowing that I’m in the place that I’m supposed to be.”


1. ‘Name in Lights’

I really love this song so you should know that if you don’t love it too then I’m going to take it really badly. And I think you’re great at your job so….This song is like supporting a football team. Supporting your people and not asking for anything back from them. Just total belief. You’re gonna turn up when they’re doing their thing and you’re gonna be the last one clapping when they’re done.

2. ‘Have You Ever Loved Someone’

The type of love that pulls you in every direction where you don’t know which way is up and which way is down. Where you don’t know how you’re gonna put yourself back together enough to go and be a real person doing real person things. How everything has changed and it feels amazing.

3. ‘Anywhere For You’

Life is a journey and it’s going to have its ups and downs. No relationship is simple and nothing worth doing is ever easy. Sometimes you have to let someone know that you’re going to be there through it all. I decided to do that in a song but feel free to just actually tell someone to their face if you’re not cripplingly shy like me. I’m hiding behind big strings and dramatic drums here but you do you. A phone message might be a nice compromise.

4. ‘In Your Universe’

You know that thing where you’re so intoxicated with someone that knowing they’re in the world makes the world better. The thought of seeing them again is all you think about all day. When they walk into a room it’s like all the lights come on at once and all you could ever need is to be near them? Well…that.

5. ‘There Goes My Girl’

All the best people don’t shout themselves from the rooftops. So sometimes you have to do it for them.

6. ‘C’est La Vie’

I wrote this song and pretty much every day since then it’s gotten stuck in my head. I once had a dream where it was the soundtrack to the dream. So there’s been no escape for me and now i’m inflicting it on you where it’ll be really stuck in your head. I’m so sorry.

7. ‘Best View in Liverpool’

I live in a place that has loads of beautiful bits. Some of the beauty is the stuff you put on postcards and is recognizable all over the world. Some of it is the type of beauty that you’d only see if you were born here. But there’s nothing more beautiful than being with people you love. So the best view is wherever they are.

8. ‘Perfectly Broken’ Duet Version

I wanted to write a song about how our imperfections are what make us interesting. How other people’s imperfections are what make them interesting and when our jagged edges fit into their jagged edges, that’s when we fall in love.

9. ‘Broken Hearted’

When you see “that” someone for the first time and your heart breaks into a million pieces and you’ll never forgive yourself if you don’t go up to them and tell them. The drum fill into the 3rd chorus in this song is so silly, I absolutely love it.

10. ‘Tell You I Love You’

I suppose some songs are the culmination of years of thinking about the world and growing as a person. Declarations of the things that are fundamentally important to you and how you’d like to be remembered and judged down the years. And some are expressions of how you felt in a single moment. Right then. That’s what this song is. That moment you see that person for the first time and everything explodes and you have to tell them you love them. And maybe you won’t even feel like this tomorrow but who really cares? Because all the best things happen in the moment and if you don’t try then you’ll never know.

11. ‘Life’s Just No Fun’

I bought the piano of my dreams. Some strong men carried it up some stairs for me. Then when they went away I wrote this song on it. It’s about how life just isn’t as good when that one person isn’t in it. I really love Regina Spektor so much and I think this song is a bit Regina Spektor-y. I’m listening to it now and I think I might even put a little Regina Spektor accent on in one bit.

12. ‘All That You Made Me’

No one is anyone without other people. This is a song for the people that make you who you are. As a British lad, I find it a bit hard to tell people how much I care about them, so this is my way of doing it. I recorded this in one take which is a fun experience. You get to about 30 seconds from the end, realise you haven’t messed it up yet, and that’s when the urge to really ruin it kicks in. I really like this performance, it feels really honest.

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