Stream Bandit Of Life (Stereogum Premiere)
Bandit are from Nashville, and given the way Angela Plake’s vocals swoon atop the band’s dramatic waves of sound, you could also peg them as the chopped-and-screwed version of fellow Nashville residents Paramore. But their music has a distinctly Pacific-Northwestern feel, too — specifically, debut Of Life carries the unmistakable scent of turn-of-the-millennium emotive indie-rock giants Pedro The Lion (think Control) and Sunny Day Real Estate (think How It Feels To Be Something On). Then again, the album also includes a piano-led cover of the Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind” that functions as both a curveball and a palate-cleanser, so it’s not so easy to pin Bandit’s inspirations down to any era or area. Here’s the important thing: Whenever, wherever, whatever they remind you of, they’re a force of nature. You’ve heard the grandiose “Losing In A Sense“; now stream Of Life in full for the first time.