steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion

Bandit XX

Self-Titled CDR


Genres: rock, indie rock

Nov 4 - 10 2002

The 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, homemade release.

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.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks; distributed by the band; released 2002]