July 30, 2013

“Banditos are famously eclectic, paying tribute to a little Aretha here, a little CCR there, with a tidbit of Squirrel Nut Zippers packed around the edges. While such a myriad of influences would bury a lesser band in tuneless muck, Banditos use their disparate influences to forge a more assured identity. Though they recall a dozen bands, they sound like none so much as themselves. The instrumentation is as ambitious as it is deftly executed, mingling upright bass with kazoo and banjo while the soul-spangled howl of frontwoman Mary plays counterpoint to a deceivingly sparse guitar, drenched in a quantity of reverb and delay not often associated with “danceable.” All this would mean crap if Banditos couldn’t play, but these mothers can choogle. It’s always the mark of a good band to be able to play the hell out of three chords and a breakdown, and Banditos shake it down like John Fogerty. Honestly, their shows are such burndowns of shimmying shins and stomping heels they should carry warnings for bone spurs.”

Check out the band at their official Website, ReverbNation, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and BandCamp. Continuing today with my coverage of the ongoing Paste 50 States Project, I bring you straight from Alabama, Banditos. This band is infectiously fun and could only imagine their live show. I want to thank Timothy Steven Corey Parsons (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • The first three cassettes I bought were Bob Dylan’s “Greatest Hits”, Johnny Cash’s “Greatest Hits”, and Metallica’s “Ride The Lightning”.
  • Your last album bought?
  • “The World of Johnny Horton” vinyl.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Well, that’s an impossible question to answer, so just name a few of my favorites at the moment “Exile on Main St.” Rolling Stones, “Moon and Antarctica” Modest Mouse, “The Slider” T. Rex and “Leave Home” The Ramones.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Probably, the first album I ever recorded.
  • First concert attended?
  • Aerosmith.
  • Last concert?
  • Last Saturday us and Blair Crimmins and the Hookers at The Earl, ATL.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Most recently, Tom Petty and Stevie Wonder at The Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Our first show in Jacksonville, FL.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • Never been. Would love to come party sometime. Let’s book a show. Go Steelers! Thanks, Corey. Anytime you want to play a show here, lemme know. We’ll see what we can do.