Sun, October 9, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

If Banditos have not managed to catch your attention yet have no doubt that everything we believe bands should aspire to be, the skill hidden behind pure appreciation, nice guys not always finishing last and the whole bit, this band out of Birmingham, AL via Nashville, TN are all of that but better. Most bands you can feel out before they ever take the stage, there is a certain arrogance in demeanor, especially the venomous confidence which most Nashville bands seem to convey. Still it is the bands not fitting within that mold who always seem to find their own way; it is a rare find but damn it is fulfilling when you do. I knew a fighter years ago who would always say, "when I walk into a room it's the quiet guy in the corner who makes me nervous, the guys who can destroy you have no need to bark like a dog on a chain." Banditos remind me quite distinctly of those words. The difference between the group of dudes chain smoking with awed face appreciation and the dancing flames of country madness which appears for their fleeting forty minute set is unreal. They may easily be the tightest and most relaxed band on the road right now. There are sparks but this is far from a flashy band so, to some extent, even when in their element, they are humble because those flashes of energy, the swells of emotions which keep the crowd edging forward, are controlled with precise restraint. When they do go off though it is hard to remember where you are for a few minutes.

Viewing their videos, there is something which makes them seem somewhat flat in comparison to being there sweating in the crowd with one of the last remaining remnants of those glorious outlaw days of country; not being able to feel just how tide-like their overall set is factors into this quite a bit. It is how they can have a jazzy feet-along-the-pavement stand-up bass line, then there is the backwoods banjo contrasting the soul vocals shattering the universe in a homage to the glory days of Etta James and Janis Joplin, the absolutely defining precision of breaks and stops, the presence of calm regret destroyed in a raging fury of lead guitar, and not to mention their facial hair which, without a damn doubt, has a presence all its own. These guys have it all and just happen to be selfless enough to reign all of the mad cruel passion into this ruse of Honky Tonk perfection. These guys are down home rock & roll the way we always hoped it would be.

If you find yourself rooting for the heroine imminently friend-zoned before defeating all odds and capturing your heart sort of characters then Banditos are all you have been waiting for. Regardless of that, even if these guys were complete assholes they rule live, this is a band you need to catch when they are in town.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014