Liverpool is a breeding ground for Indie Rock talent. But I can imagine it will be a while before another up and coming band emerges with the same high-octane energy of the four-piece Bandit.
I didn’t even need their debut track “Waster” to conclude before I knew there was no doubt around their future potential. Not only did Bandit come together and form a powerhouse of talent, but through a rare feat of ingenuity, they also orchestrated an infectiously distinctive sound. There may be faint hints of tamer bands such as Oasis and Arctic Monkeys, yet, the instrumentals move from sticky-sweet anthemic choruses to palpitatingly strident Heavy Alt Rock solos in a way I’ve never heard before.
Nat Waters’ vocals find the perfect balance between abrasive swagger and miscreant charm while the instrumentals cooked up a riotous storm. They’ve moved away from the tediously archetypal time signatures with the guitars, giving Waster a chaotically adrenalized feel, but each of the new progressions in the soundscape is seamless. And I’m pretty sure I’ll never forget the basslines.
You can check out Bandit’s debut single Waster for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Review by Amelia Vandergast