PRESS/REViEWS

RENEE iS A CENTERFOLD!
Check her out in this month’s Noise Magazine

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LiVE REViEW: BANDiTS & ANDREA GiLLiS BAND 
“…the [Bandit Kings] mixes up a good selection of covers (the Pretenders seem to be their favorite) and their own catchy songs.  “Find,” “Motorcycle,” “Shirt Off My Back,” and “Epic Hello” have all stuck in my head since the first time I heard them….

…the [Andrea Gillis Band] goes from country twang to ’60s soul, from straight rock ’n’ roll to Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff” disco AND the old gospel tune “Hold On (Keep Your Hand on the Wheel),” and it all makes perfect sense with Andrea’s raspy vocals holding the common denominator…

…These musicians build a set the way a volcano cooks up before it explodes. The lava leaves the room full of sweat.”

—Tee-Max
Read the full review inThe Noise-Boston

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BKs RETURN FROM LA ALL WARM & CALiFUZZY!
The BKs had a great mini tour playing rockin’ venues like Molly Malones in Hollywood, Leo’s in La Crescenta, and Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach. We were joined on stage by some pretty special friends, including Mr. Nelson Bragg (Smile, you’re in the Brian Wilson Band!) & Mr. Danny Graziani (we’re addicted to The Adicts, too).

We had some awesome roadies and would very much like to thank Mr. Skip Hart and Ms. Catherine Gunn for their incomparable company and support. Flying cross country makes you officially part of the crew. And we are quite sure it wouldn’t have been as fun without you.

We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to Ms. Rebecca Edelson with Lovestruck Productions for her help and general amazeballs-ness. And to Austin, for diggin’ it SO much. We dig you too.

Thanks to Molly Malones, Saint Rock and Leos…you all help support weary bands every day! And to Joe Mora, his dad, and Joe’s band for making sure we were there for the tasty naked cake. Oh, and good grief, Dawn drove down from SF and KC and Stacey drove up from San Diego, Janelle brough a pack of wild friends, Andrew, his friends, their music and the magic gong, to all our other friends that made it out to the shows, to all our friends back home who were sending us Gloucester-love, and Julia was so nice…we could go on forever. Thank you all, so much.

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BANDiT KiNGS ON SiRiUS RADiO XM 30
Seminal radio DJ Meg Griffin interviewed the BKs for her new live show Having Words with Meg on The Loft, Sirius XM 30 in December, 2011. Featuring live performances in-studio, never before heard holiday cover, and interviews with the band and special guest, producer Dave Mattacks. Tune in daily to the Loft and listen as Meg spins all her favorites, with the Bandits now in heavy rotation. Thanks Meg!

Hear full interview: Having Words with Meg (The Loft XM 30)

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NEW ALBUM REViEWED BY THE NOiSE
The Kings of Gloucester have developed their own sound. It’s melodic, it bops, rocks, and soothes, it’s subtly unpredictable, and its biggest feature is the double vocal attack of Renee Dupuis and Ann Marie Shimanoski….[T]he title track “Epic Hello” stands by itself as a soothing, sad, emotional journey of desire with a matching melody that is rarely stumbled upon by any rock ’n’ roll musicians...”

-Tee Max
Read the rest of the review in The Noise—Boston

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THE BANDITS ON THE COVER OF THE NOISE 
The Bandit Kings are featured on the cover of the Scorpio issue of The Noise-Boston, along with an awesome story by THE Samantha Goddess:

“…The tracks on Epic Hello feel as varied as ever, but still sonically unified. There’s the pleading ballad title track, a jumpy post-punk number (“Down Cold Razor”), a honky-tonk barnburner (“Blue Sky Sundown”), and a modern sounding new-wave tune called “Black Seal.” “Take Another Look” is a prime example of the Bandit Kings fusing together what they do best, and hitting the sweet spot head-on: straight ahead rock ’n’ roll with a propulsive backbeat and a catchy chorus…”

Read the rest of Mrs. Goddesses article here
Many thanks to Tee-Max, Louise, Mrs. Goddess, and the staff at The Noise for their support!

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SONG CRUSH: EPIC HELLO
“...[On Epic Hello] In much the same way the front-women’s names jangle sonorously together, so do their voices. The vocals twine in and out of each other, occasionally joining forces, occasionally establishing their own paths through the melody. They seem to have an innate understanding between them, like someone you will let wander off at a store/party/show and don’t worry about finding them – simply because you know you will, with no problem….

Read the rest of the review at Boston Band Crush

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NEW ALBUM OUT NOW!
The Bandit Kings’ sophomore album, Epic Hello, is out now—buy it on Amazon, CDBaby and iTunes! Want a hint? Listen here

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NEW MERCH
Bandit Kings new T-shirts are now available for purchase at shows! We also still have our other shirts and bags for sale at our online store here

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HUH-YOOOOOGE….
…[The Bandit Kings] are no ironists, camp followers, or genre clowns; rather than treating country as a bad joke, they take the genre, and their work, quite seriously indeed, enough to make even a jaded connoisseur want to really like them, and the care they have put into their debut collection is proof. I am even willing to stick my neck out onto the chopping block–something I’ve done about half a dozen times in the last twenty-six years–and venture that these guys have the potential to be huge. Not lower-case “h” huge, but Huh-yooooge…

-Francis DiMenno
Read the rest of this STELLAR review in The Noise—Boston

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THREE FULL ALBUMS DOWN
Epic Hello, First full-length album Precious Stones, and Live in Los Angeles, are all available at iTunes, Amazon and CDbaby.

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THE BANDiT KiNGS & pApAs fritAs?!
OH BOY. Did you know that seminal indie pop band PAPAS FRITAS reunited for a short European tour in May 2011? Did you also know that they made TWO American stops and ONE was at the Rhumb Line in Gloucester? Oh, and they asked the Bandit Kings to play with them! Yah, you heard right. The BFs joined the Bandits and Papas Fritas at the Rhumbline on Thursday May 19, 2011. Who’s your Papa?

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ANN MARiE iS A CENTERFOLD!
Check her out in this month’s Noise Magazine

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SHOW CRUSH: GoGoGo
“…The melody and pacing keep this track go go-going for the entirety of its three minutes in your speakers. The thing is, the track builds up enough momentum that you will probably want to come back for seconds, thirds, and so-forths. GoGoGo is like a pleasant breeze that refreshes and gives you a little push all at the same time.”

Read the full article at Boston Band Crush

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THE BANDiTS TAKE LA (TAKE ONE)
The Bandit Kings just celebrated their first full-length CD release, Precious Stones, and, in association with Lovestuck Productions, they recently trekked cross-country to Los Angeles to headline at famed club The Mint on February 4. With a banner turnout, the Bandits easily proved their abilities to wow on both coasts. Their EP andPrecious Stones are currently available at iTunes and CDbaby.

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HAPPY ANNiVERSARY!
March 2011 marked the 1st anniversary of the Bandits as the house band for The Rhumbline’s weekly, infamous Monday Night Open Jamm (the Jamm has been strong for over 15 years!). Every Monday at 40 Railroad Ave in Gloucester, MA. Sign up. Get heard.

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PRECiOUS STONES REViEWED IN THE NOiSE
“…These musicians are no ironists, camp followers, or genre clowns; rather than treating country as a bad joke, they take the genre, and their work, quite seriously indeed…” (more)

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EP REVIEWED 
The Bandit Kings sound like a country band who skipped the whole Garth Brooks and Toby Keith eras and chose to listen to Patti Smith, early Linda Ronstadt, and Heart’s Dreamboat Annie instead in equal doses. The sound of the duo’s female lead vocal is timeless and the songs are memorable. The arrangements are tight and there is enough rocking to make Lenny Kaye reminisce. I am wet for more… or maybe I spilled my scotch. Either way, this EP has reawakened my love of twang and the bark of an old Fender amp. For the love of Gawwwwwd, please keep making music.”

-Joel Simches, The Noise—Boston

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SONG CRUSH: LAREDO 
“I’ve got a soft spot for old timey country rock and roll, so the Bandit Kings are right up my alley. Finding the perfect ratio of old and new is key for a band like this; remaining faithful to the sounds that came before while adding but being original enough to keep people interested can’t be easy. The Bandit Kings have struck that balance…”

Read the full review at Boston Band Crush