|The TestostaTones Story:
Trish and Jacqui Banks grew up near Wembley, North West London. Their father was in the Merchant Navy and their mother was a cousin once removed of Benjamin Britten. In the 70’s they moved down to the fishing town of Lowestoft – the most Easterly town in the UK and birthplace of said composer. 1977 saw the arrival of Stephen - Trish’s first boy. In 1978, Jacqui responded with Bim and two years later followed up with Richard. Finally, in 1982 Paul came into the world and offered a natural symmetry for the aforementioned boys… a quartet if you like.
|Early and teenage years were populated with much of what you might expect from four boys who were peers and contemporaries and whilst there are too many stories to list (and print) here, a few that may amuse: Bim snipped the top of Richard's ear off whilst cutting his hair, Stephen once threw a brick at Paul’s head – making (at the very least) blood appear, Bim attempted to pierce Stephen’s nipple but they both vomited and had to abort the operation, Richard tried to persuade Paul to eat bird poo aged five - insisting it was a logical part of a 'rounded' diet, Paul nearly drowned Richard using a bottle of Cola, Richard tried to bite Paul’s finger off and Stephen once sold all of Paul’s toys at a jumble sale without Pauls permission.|
|Gradually, they all developed a strong interest in performance, and in particular singing, becoming involved in many different projects, shows and various other outlets before going their separate ways into further education and careers.|
|2008 was the year that saw them all gravitate back in to Suffolk...|
| That same year, a forthcoming appearance at the Theatre Royal Norwich saw them cover “Sh-Boom”, an acapella song by 50’s group The Crew Cuts as a challenge for themselves and through a mutual appreciation of vocal harmony music.
The song was a hit with the audience and an agent approached them asking if they could perform at several other functions around East Anglia.
Over the next few months, they crafted together a repertoire and were approached by several other national agents and early in 2009, they were invited to appear on BBC Radio 2 Drive Time with Simon Mayo.