Title - 'Bandits Live at the Power Station' [EP]
Artist - Bandits On The Run
"Hi! We're Bandits, and a few months back, we pulled off our greatest heist yet — sneaking into one of NYC's most hallowed recording studios, The Power Station, and recording a couple of our oldest tunes!"
"This EP is the most accurate depiction of what we sound like when we're in a room (or subway station, or castle) right in front of you and you're jiving along to the mischief before you even realize you're in the midst of a stickup. And we can't wait for you to give it a spin!"
This is the intro from the trio themselves that combine brilliantly to bring forth the sound of Bandits On The Run, a band who forged their collective sound whilst busking in the acoustics of NYC subway stations!
Having released their debut album, The Criminal Record (crafted under the guidance of producer William Garett) in 2017, 2018 took them on various tours, playing to crowds everywhere from grungy bars to LA to living rooms in London and old town squares in France.
Having now released their rather brilliant new EP Bandits Live at the Power Station this past August 16th, 2019, it seems Bandits on the Run's - comprised of cellist Sydney Torin Shepherd (aka "Bonanza Jellyfish"), guitarist Adrian Blake Enscoe ("Roy Dodger"), and player-of-toys Regina Strayhorn ("Clarissa") - signature sound (that veers from shades of Motown to brit-pop to punk-rock to good old fashioned indie-folk) is about to hook a much wider audience.
1. 'Potted Plant'
2. 'Sweet Thing'
3. 'Cowboy on the Run'
4. 'Back to Black'
On an EP that includes several fan favorites, such as the opening tracks 'Potted Plant' and 'Sweet Thing,' which have both captured the attention of their fans for a long time now, but had never been recorded and released before now, once you start this 4-track musical delight you won't want it to ever stop.
'Potted Plant' is a sweepingly deep chorus of vocals harmonizing perfectly as the storytelling trio embrace everything great and original about the band.
The quieter paced, acoustic guitar-led beauty 'Sweet Thing' is just delightfully calming from start to finish and with crisp, clear lyrics and musicianship, means you live the song as much as they do.
With a wonderfully gentle vocal intro that sets the scene for the listening audience by making them aware that they are now not in fact standing where they though they were, but are in actually the deserts of New Mexico; and if they listened closely they might even be able to hear the distant rumble of a train, the old country vibe of 'Cowboy on the Run' is brought forth.
This EP then rounds out with a masterful cover of the late Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black,' which may well follow a similar vocal path as the original, but the cultured, less studio-layered approach to their musicianship most definitely works in its favor here.
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