>> Fans of Arctic Monkeys and Barns Courtney have a new gruff indie-rock act to watch this year! The Bandicoots write catchy, 70s-influenced tunes and with three EPs under their belt, this ambitious band has a host of exciting adventures to share with us in their interview!
What is the origin story behind the band?
We didn’t choose this life, this life chose us. From a young age, we were ushered into a life of music. Practicing anywhere between 15-25 hours a day, under a strict regimen implemented by our towering father, we schlepped away at developing our abilities as artists and entertainers to bring you what you see today.
Late last year you released a single titled ‘Shady Lane’. Can you tell us a bit about the inspiration for this track, and if/when we can expect a new album?
I had been listening to a bunch of Lou Reed around that time. That song Andy’s Chest in particular kind of stood out. It’s filled with these wacky lyrics. The first version of Shady Lane was a lot more down the centre, it had started to feel like a songwriting-parody in a way. I had sort of got into a rhythm of writing a song, pumping out the same kind of phrases and general vibe. Like, “Okay, I put this here, and here’s the big chorus everyone can relate to,” and so on. I remember walking around listening to that Reed song, and I heard the line, “But the funny thing is what happened to her nose/It grew until it reached all of her toes.” It kind of made me realize a song doesn’t need to be any sort of way, you’re free to play with it. Write whatever you want.
We’re heading into the studio this week actually (though we’ll probably have been to the studio by the time people are reading this – time travel exists). The plan is to release a tune every couple months, building up to an album if we can scrape together the funding for it.
What are some of your biggest inspirations?
I’ve moved out to Etobicoke (fake-Toronto), which has allowed me to check out the local Toronto scene a little more. I love Hamilton and the scene there – but it’s been refreshing to see how they operate in the bigger-city. There are some really great bands in the mid-tier/Horseshoe realm right now.
You play a lot of Ontario-based shows. If each of you could pick anywhere to play, where would it be and why?
There’s this venue in LA called ‘The Satellite’. It felt like the Hollywood version of this venue we started out playing in called ‘The Casbah’ in Hamilton. I think that would be cool to play. Nicolai wants to play The Danforth in Toronto, thinks it’s a slick venue. I think Lorant mentioned he wanted to play in Europe or something. Andrew probably would be happy if the band split up and he didn’t have to play any venue at all.
What do you enjoy most about performing?
I’m an egomaniac, so all the lights and attention is great.
Outside of music what are some of your other hobbies? Is there anything you like to do to keep the song writing creativity flowing?
There’s three things you need to do if you want to make it in this world. Read, write, and hang out in bars with your friends until you’ve figured out what it all means.
If you could perform with anyone, living, dead, or fictional, who would they be and why?
Lennon. Because I want to do that thing Yoko Ono did when she screamed into the microphone while he was playing with Chuck Berry.
When writing a new song are there any ‘rituals’ you perform? For example, grabbing a cup of coffee, or sitting somewhere specific?
I grab a cup of coffee, pull a chair over, climb onto it, and hop on my left foot (without spilling the coffee) until the song is finished.
What are you all looking forward to this year? Have any big plans, personally or musically?
We’re all heading to Europe at some point this summer, so I think we’re all pretty excited about that. There’s talk about a little run through the states, which would be our first time doing that. We just want to get some new music out and play them for THE PEOPLE.
Who are you listening to currently?
There’s a man by the name of Mouth Breather who’s based out of Montreal. The guy is writing the freshest pop tunes out there. Do yourself a favour and listen to ‘Crazy Eyes’.