Birmingham/Nashville roots rock ensemble Banditos gathered in late 2016 outside of Austin at the Plum Creek Sound Studios in Dripping Springs, TX and produced their upcoming sophomore album Visionland, which releases on June 23rd via Bloodshot Records. Banditos are truly a Southern band, blending classic Southern genres like country, soul, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll while adding in a bit of garage rock stomp and punk energy. For this latest album, the group stretches their wings as they explore the nature of reality versus altered states, so naturally, pyschedelic rock is making its way into the Banditos’ sound.
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Jedd Beaudoin: If we could get Chris Stapleton and Zakk Wylde to make an album together that might the ultimate. This has a great deal in common with the last Black Label Society record. It’s mellow but not depressingly so. The emotions are never overstated and it’s refreshing. You might wait for it to take off in some big way but that never quite comes. It’s surprising that this is a single. Seems more like a deep cut but good for him. [7/10]
“Too Young to Fall in Love” is the latest from OWEL, pulled from their lush sophomore record, dear me. Over a lush arrangement of keyboards, vocalist Jay Sakong teases out images of restlessness, of inaction, of the torpor of being young and longing for something you can’t entirely name. The song ebbs and flows on a tide of strings provided by multi-instrumentalist Jane Park; it is underpinned by a tight drumbeat, locked in with guitar and bass. It’s a hell of a song.
Rolling in with a moody synth and the melodic clanging of keys, Scott Ruth’s “Are You There” evokes a hearty roots rock vibe right from its opening moments. Lyrically, the song contains undertones of a melancholy yearning and sadness for a love that once shone bright, culminating with a soaring bridge where Ruth repeatedly pleads with the subject of his song, “Are you still there?”
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