Today on the podcast we’re featuring the group Bandicoot. This Wales quartet has a rip-roaring rock n’ roll. Learn more about Bandicoot and listen to their debut single “Dark Too Long”
Show Notes and Full Show Transcript
Hey everyone welcome to the podcast. Today we are featuring the group Bandicoot. They are from Cardiff, Wales, and were recently signed to Libertino Records. Which is pretty exciting and I was curious about that band cause I saw I went to their social pages and there wasn’t really a lot of information about them.
So I started doing some Google searches and I came across that Bandicoot is actually the name for a marsupial in Australia and New Guinea which I thought was really cute and there’s also actually a show crash Bandicoot. I think it’s like a TV show or something that I also came across when I was researching the band.
I wasn’t sure if the band was named for that but then I was doing a little bit more research and I came across some other music blogs. It was actually saying how they were named for the mammal. I don’t know if that is a coincidence or maybe they just thought it was a cool name. But I do like the name Bandicoot.
I think it’s cute. They have been known for their live shows and they’ve been getting a lot of following through that. They have also been getting a lot of promotion over the blogosphere.
As I said I was doing some googling and I found like four different articles. Four different publications. There was Circuit Sweet, Zone Nights, East Portland Blog, Americymru, and Eat This Music, and they were also featured on Backseat Mafia and I love, love, love when I do these google searches because I find like so many great music blogs. I think like maybe one day I’ll do a podcast about all the awesome music blogs out there.
Because there are just so many and it’s so cool how people can write about music and talk about music and you know we can find new music that’s the thing I love about the internet. I have been blogging for about 10 years maybe 10 plus years cause we started this blog back in 2008. I think it was and it was even before Typepad was, uh excused me, was even before Worpress like we were using Typepad and I remember my sister was like “we’re gonna use WordPress now” and we got on that bend. But anyway I’m sorry I’m going on a tangent. I”m here to talk about the band.
So let me get back to the music at hand. I really loved this song when I first heard it. The track is called “Dark Too Long” and it’s the first single from Bandicoot off of Libertino Records. Within the first couple of minutes, I was really like digging this one. Personally I”m a big fan of like you know rock n’roll and punk, and those are really the things I gravitate towards.
So I don’t know if I’m being a little biased but I did really like this track and you know a lot of other blogs had given it some great feedback. The melodies are upbeat and fast and you know it’s kind of, I don’t know. It made me happy to listen to it.
Even though it could be an angry song. Like I think you know the refrain and the chorus are very catchy and infectious and You know the lyrics are like talking about being in the dark too long and it could have alternate meanings as well.
For me, it felt kind of, you know how I feel right now about things going on and not really knowing when things are gonna end and if we’re gonna be stuck in quarantine forever or if things are gonna get better. Basically, that is what I took from the song.
Right now I’m gonna take a short break but when I get back we’ll discuss the song a little bit more and then I will play the entire track for you and you can tell me what you think.
Hey everyone, we are back and now we’re gonna jump into the description of the band. When you go to their Facebook page they have a bio that says this:
“Reclaiming for a new generation the poetry of Dylan, the stark beauty and unhinged rock n roll of mid-70s John Cale, and Badfinger’s melancholic timeless songcraft, this is Bandicoot. Their sound flows like post-industrial blues through Swansea’s rain-soaked concrete streets.”
I would definitely agree with this bio. They have that punk rock infusion. It’s a really great song. I love the fact that there’s so much emotion. Not in only the music but also in the lyrics. You know I tend to listen to music mostly. I don’t really pay a lot of attention to the lyrics and I’m trying to get better at that.
My husband, he’s more into paying attention to the lyrics of the songs. Where I like this song because its kind of a sad song but its also kind of upbeat so its got that dichotomy where it’s really interesting and it kind of makes me feel like I can really kind of relate to it because I do feel like sometimes you know we’re in the dark.
And it’s like we’ve been in the dark for too long. And it’s this whole pandemic. And I don’t know if that is really the right way to see the song or to really kind of look at it. But that’s just how I’m kind of looking at it and I think it does have a lot of really great upbeat and frenzied feel and it also has like some like really cool horns and I don’t know if it’s necessary if there are like you know brass instruments in the song. It does sound like that.
I couldn’t find anywhere specifically breaking out like you know what instruments is played by each member but I did think it was a really, really powerful song. And I think all of the promotion that it’s getting on the web is really, definitely on par and they deserve all of it. So now I’m going to play the track “Dark Too Long” by Bandicoot and I’d love to get some feedback from you as to what you think about it. So please feel free to share, comment, and let me know.
Play song track “Dark Too Long”
If you are looking for more information on Bandicoot. Check out their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. at the handle WhoAreBandicoot.
Thanks so much and I look forward to seeing you in the next episode
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