Genres: rock, indie rock
Nov 4 - 10 2002
scent of glue-stick invaded by nose as I opened this jewel case.
Quickly it became apparent that this was not the most professional EP
in the world. I like that. While glossy stuff often has that pleasant
professional "touch," there's something irresistible a nice,
But don't get the wrong impression. Bandit XX's EP does not
sound like a DIY record. With three surprisingly cleanly-recorded
songs, the band does not fit under the lo-fi title. They prefer a more
crisp-sounding approach to indie rock, combining a familiar guitar
sound with infectious melodies and fitting female vocals.
"Autonomy" is a nice example of their sound. Not of cover
of the Buzzcocks classic, the song boasts a noticeable Pixies
influence, with an interesting song structure and a very catchy
chorus. "Ode To The Bandit," meanwhile, is a three-minute
rocker that will get you humming along in no time. And "Got The
Right" is also fun, boasting a little bit of a country influence.
Altogether, Bandit XX's EP is a very enjoyable listen. All
three songs are fairly similar, though they each have their own little
differences and nuances that separate them. While three songs is very
little to judge a band by, Bandit XX already seem to have a
very nice sound. An album is certainly in order.
Note to the band: This CDR came with the band name and track
listing glued to it with a gluestick. Do not do this! When the stereo
spins the CD around, it heats it up, causing the glue to melt and the
pieces of paper to fall off of it. That results in pieces of paper
stuck in the CD player's mechanical parts. And that results in the CD
player's owner being very pissed off. Heed this lesson.
10 tracks; distributed by the