The Bandits - interview

08 November 2002

The Bandits interview:
Contact music spoke to The Bandits
How's it going?
I'm alright I've just woken up off the bus but I'm sound, all I have to do today is sit around and wait to sound check … like we always do, it's been quite tough at the moment being the support band because you don't get the same rights as everyone else but it's ok.

Are you enjoying the tour?
Yeah yeah the crowds have been good, Glasgow was brilliant their was a couple of people who bought 50 tickets outside the venue just to see us, they were saying that they had only come to see us so the was great, unbelievable! Their isn't much of a life style to it, there is a lot of driving around in vans and turning up at bad hours and things but it is going really well.

How did the band come about?
It was about 2 years ago now, me Gary, Scott and Tony were playing together and started playing songs together we got most of the songs together a few mouths ago Richie the guitarist& Swee the drummer joined and we since then it has just been all systems go, we went into record with John Leckie and then we got signed, Over the last 6 months or so we haven't had a moment to spare but it's good that is why we are doing it, we are embracing it with open arms.

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For people who haven't Heard The Bandits music how would you describe your sound?
Rock a Billy, I dunno really rock & roll with reggae, funk, blue grass you know roots music really but with rock, we just try and taken influences from all over the place and we don't stick to one sound or one genre we try and include as many as possible into one song. It's such a hard question to answer because the way I see my music is as my music and what is natural to us, it's just what comes out when we play our instruments and we stick with what sounds good to us and fortunately it sounds good to other people!

How do you take to other bands in today's music scene?
Well we have liked all the old 60's Garage rock stuff for a while, There is a band called The Bellrays who I haven't heard any of their stuff but I have heard they are great and im interested to hear what they are like, the Libertines aswell we are going on tour with them and they seem alright they are quite punky we have seen them live and we thought they were good. The Coral are a brilliant band and the Zutons and all these other bands that are about.

How did the your name the Bandits come about?
It was actually Garys nan who used to live around the corner from Peter Beardsley the old Liverpool and Everton player and Gary used to carry around a little toy Smith & Westen and Peter used to call him the Bandit and when he told us this story the name just seemed to fit and because we were all Liverpool or Everton supporters we were all happy with the name. I think it brings a lot of imagery to your head when you hear the name.

Do you have anything to do with your website?
Well I personally don't but Scott who plays bass does, he's completely immersed in it, he takes care of the website with another guy who works on the technical side of it but we all put our ideas up on there, Swee our drummer is going to write us all our own story and they are going to go up, we're also going to put up some live rehearsal sessions on there. We are really into the idea of websites, Scott is working on it constantly sorting things out getting photos just keeping it up to date, give people some fresh and new content and that is what we also try and do with our music.

What other bands are you listening to at the moment?
Well last time we had the cd player on we were listening to Bob Marley, The Birds & Doctor John and also the Rolling Stones, let it bleed the album with you can't always get what you want on it.

If someone could walk on stage with you tonight who would you like it to be?
I dunno? For me it would probably be Bob Marley, Captain Beefheart would be lovely Keith Moon but he has been decomposing for quite awhile so he might smell.

When people come and see you live what can they expect?
A lot of energy, raucous energy and good songs Garys fine collection of hats is always there for people to see, they keep on getting robbed off him at the end of the night so he has been wearing mine but we are gonna have to buy him a nice trilby or something so mine doesn't get nicked!

What are your ultimate goals in music?
Just to keep making music that is refreshing and a little but new yet song full and tuneful. We want to make as many albums as possible, We are actually in the in the process of making it, hopefully it should be ready in the New Year but won't be released until spring.

We have an area on out website for unsigned musicians what advise would you give them?
Give up your day jobs go on the dole and work at it day and night and smoke Da Weed!


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