The Bandits have been invited to play in the Evolvement Radio Battle Radical on Thursday April 26! This Battle of the Bands style competition will mark the BKs first live stint at The Grog in Newburyport, Massamachusetts. Need more info? Climb on into our face space. Want to come to the show as our honored guest? Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LATEST ALBUM: EPiC HELLO
The Bandit Kings’ second full-length album, was recorded by Tony Goddess at Bang-A-Song Studio in Gloucester, MA and was realized under the watchful eyes of songwriter/producer Dan King and co-producer Dave Mattacks (who’s worked with likes of Paul McCartney, Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, etc.); with a whole lotta love from Goddess (Papas Fritas, Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents), Nelson Bragg (from the Brian Wilson Band), and Russ Lawton (Trey Anastasio Band). Mixed at Q Division Studios in Somerville and mastered at M-Works in Cambridge, the new album is a collaboratve rock effort with accordian snapsots and heavy reliance on the bands country and folk roots. Full of both twang and rasp, each song is its own story with a common jangle-pop thread that pulls together to form a tight 30 minute ride. Not exactly a rollercoaster ride, but a train ride, with rumbling stops in Lucinda Williams-ville, hard turns in Pretenders-town, and gentle coasting through Heart city.
WHO ARE THE BANDiT KiNGS, YOU ASK?!
The Bandit Kings are an alt. country/rock/pop band with two female lead vocalists, a vintage jangle sound and modern rock rhythms. Originally formed in the Art/Rock/Island town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, they call the North Shore home and Boston/New England are their stomping grounds. Featuring Renee Dupuis on lead vocals and keys, Ann Marie, also on lead vocals (and torpid tambo), Dennis Monagle on drums, Joe Cardoza on bass, and Dan King on lead guitar. Since it’s inception in 2010, the band has found bare-bones musical chemistry, including the rich meld of vocalists Ann Marie and Dupuis, who “both have voices that bring us back to the dawn of country rock, whisky soaked and raspy in just the right places while never crossing into the overpowering.” (Aww thanks Boston Band Crush)
The BKs debuted one melancholy March in 2010, were immediately booked at Boston club, Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square and pretty soon heard their original hits Laredo and Show Me the Stars Tonight featured and replayed on Boston’s 92.5 WXRV The River—both recorded at good friend Tony Goddess’ Bang-A-Song Studios (Papas Fritas). This past December, the Bandits were interviewed and recorded live in studio with Meg Griffin for her new show on Sirius XM Radio Having Words with Meg (Sirius Satellite Radio XM 30).
In the past two years the BKs have multiple clubs in Boston, Vermont, Maine, and much of New England, including TT the Bears and the Plough and Stars in Cambridge, House of Blues in Boston, Funky Red Barn in Maine and Radio Bean in Burlington (for a complete listing of clubs the Bandits have rocked, go here). The band has played stages and festivals and most importantly, has been the house band for two years running for the infamous Monday Night Open Jamm at the Rhumbline in Gloucester, MA. The Open Jamm has seen repeat players, the likes of Kingsley Flood, Nelson Bragg (Brian Wilson Band), Russ Lawton (Trey Anastasio Band), Tony and Sam Goddess, David Brown (Billy Joel), and so many more.
In January of 2012, in association with Lovestuck Productions, the BKs trekked cross-country for the second time to Los Angeles to play multiple venues, including famed clubs Molly Malones and Saint Rocke. See adventure photos here
PAST ALBUMS: EP, PRECiOUS STONES, & LiVE iN LA
The BKs first three albums featured single, Show Me the Stars Tonight, which combines a country twang with rolling guitar and conspiratorial song-play by lead singers, Ann Marie and Renee Dupuis. Call it Alt. Country, Jangle Rock, Cowpunk, Rock/Pop/Indie, their albums are full of surprises and thoughtful originality—from the wild roar of The Jerker, to the steady mantra of GoGoGo. Past recordings also include fan favorites Threads and Over, as well as radio hit Laredo, all emphasizing moody harmonies and honest homages to love, heart-crush, and moving on. The band’s special ingredients are a mixture of Ann Marie’s spine tingling raw rasp and Renee’s dreamy intimate delivery.
Catch The Bandit Kings while you can.
They just might steal your heart.