Without a full band they invited friends Randy Wade (drums), Jeffrey Salter (guitar), and Mary Beth Richardson (vocals) to join them. Salter and Wade studied together at music school learning classical/jazz techniques, while Richardson’s background was mostly singing in church choirs. After some apprehensions from Richardson about taking the stage with an unrehearsed band, a last-minute trip to New Orleans with the group (which resulted in a stolen hotel Bible inscribed with the band’s lyrics) seemed to cure a case of the cold feet. The ensuing performance was raw and electric, and an ecstatic crowd response further cemented the members’ convictions to become a full band.
The addition of bassist Danny Vines made the group complete. The members soon moved into a house together in Birmingham, and after repeated tours through Nashville, decided to move the band there instead, where the music scene was bigger and more diverse. The sextet has since developed their unique and airtight sound, culminated through several years of enduring friendships and a roaddog touring schedule that has, at their count, numbered over 600 shows in the last three years. Back in March 2014 we saw Nashville-via-Birmingham, AL group Banditos at one of those fly-by-night, hole-in-the-wall bars that sprout like skunkweed on Sixth Street in Austin, TX during the height of SXSW crazy. The only other patrons were Bud Light-swilling bros watching a blowout college basketball game; the sound system at this place was a painful mix of all treble and reverb; and the noises oozing out of the PA during another band's set were not unlike the distorted echoes of the soundtrack to Suspiria (and not in a good way).
We wish we were kidding. Then the six-piece Banditos took the stage, and even though they themselves were a little intimidating - all hair, denim, and stoic determination - the sounds they managed to conjure from two overworked speakers were fresh, raw, and spectacular. We were instantly blown away and are thrilled to announce Banditos have signed with Bloodshot Records and are releasing their self-titled debut album on May 12th, 2015. 2. Pierre-Emmanuel Braux and Sebastien Atoch joined forces in 1999 to form Association Ponctuelle De Banditos a party organisation concept where they could express their musical taste.
Soon after that (after their second party), it became just Banditos. From then onwards they have been producing rousing electronic music, mixing in samples of films, voices and instruments that make each of their appearances a mind capturing (boggling) experience. The mutual understanding between the two musicians is reflected in the way this hypnotic duo musically communicates with the crowd........character, warmth and passion. Their live performance blends Electro, Breakbeat and (Minimal) Techno influences, bringing strong vibrations on the dance floor. In time their sound has become more round and basses have become deeper.
The Banditos duo have produced many records on labels such as Ozore Age, Absolute Rhythm and as well as on their own label Quadbyte. In 2008 they released their new album Head Cleaner available on Quadbyte. After many gigs performed mainly in France and Canada they're expanding their network in Europe and Northern America Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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