Released April 14, 2015
I’ve been eagerly anticipating the Bandicoots debut EP, This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, since I reviewed the first single, and the rest of the EP does not disappoint (except that there are only four songs and I want more).
The Bandicoots are an Anglophile’s dream. Although they are based out of Hamilton, Ontario, the influence of Brit-pop bands like Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles, and The Fratellis is unmistakable in their sound. This EP – with its classic rock basslines and gritty-yet-poppy vocals - makes me really nostalgic for these groups while at the same time evoking the fluttery delight of having discovered a new favourite band. I feel like I just heard Pete Doherty for the first time again, and I couldn’t be more excited.
This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things has a slightly fuzzy, vintagey production quality that gives all four songs depth and richness, transporting the listener back in time without taking away from the clarity of the vocals. Lead singer Justin Ross’s voice is so velvety and smooth that it can intermingle with the band’s heavy bass and percussion without being obscured, and when the vocals come to the forefront in songs like Mind Your Manners they just kind of turn you to jelly.
Out of the four songs on the EP, three have been released with music videos. Interestingly, it is the song that I think is the strongest- A Fit of Lovesick Despair, the final song on the EP - that does not have a video. I’m not sure if the band is planning to release a video for this song once the EP has been out for a little while, but I sure hope so, and I hope it’s as good as the video for Mind Your Manners.
This is simply a great EP through and through. With definite roots in both classic rock and newer Brit-pop, The Bandicoots have created a unique sound that is sure to hold them in good stead for the future. I think we’ll be hearing a lot more from these guys in the coming years. This is definitely an up and coming band to keep your eye on!