9 April 2021
Band: BANDICOOT (South-Wales)
Who: A Welsh 4-piece reclaiming for a new generation the poetry of
Dylan, the stark beauty and unhinged Rock and Roll of mid-70s John Cale,
and Badfinger’s melancholic timeless songcraft. Their sound flows like post-
industrial blues through Swansea’s rain-soaked concrete streets.
Pick: FUZZY – brand new (second); single
About: “A deranged attempt at seduction which draws on 70s ‘Top of the Pops’,
glam rock and memories of misguided adolescence.”
Score: Two months after this crazed Welsh quartet scored big time with their
rollicking debut jackhammer Dark Too Long they confirm with convincing verve
and punchy puissance that they mean business and came here to stay. New flashy
glam powerstroke FUZZY rattles and rolls, shakes and swings and rushes and buzzes.
Too bad that all those legendary British music shows like Top Of The Pops, Ready Steady Go and The Old Grey Whistle Test disappeared when the video clips, pushed by MTV, became the new way to promote music, if not Bandicoot had made their growing fanbase go loco on that good old TV set.
(Photo credit: @BethanMillerco)
19 February 2021
Who: A Welsh 4-piece reclaiming for a new generation the poetry of Dylan, the stark beauty and unhinged Rock and Roll of mid-70s John Cale, and Badfinger’s melancholic timeless songcraft. Their sound flows like post-industrial blues through Swansea’s rain-soaked concrete streets.
Single: DARK TOO LONG – debut single on Welsh label Libertino Records.
A “frenzied cry of desperation from the depths of excess and loneliness, influenced
by the driving rhythms of NEU! and Can,” says the band.
Score: This steaming foursome storms out of the gates without fear, without overthinking every detail, without brakes. Combine the razor-sharp-cutting bravado of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the blustery impact of leather jacket rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the my generation attitude of Shame and you know that this is it! Sweaty excitement from young hound dogs playing with a hungry heart and a restless soul. Bandicoot show why red-hot-blooded rock ‘n’ roaring roll belongs to the young. Trust me, they won’t be long in the dark!
(photos via Libertino)