It’s never been enough for me, a band just producing excellent music; there needs to be more for them to make it onto my ‘favourites’ list.
In the case of Bandaid Brigade, the first criteria is easily fulfilled. Just listen to their latest offering, ‘Break the Grid,’ and their debut track, ‘Travel Light,’ (both below.)
But why are they my new favourite band? Their debut album is not due until the turn of the New Year, and they certainly haven’t played here in Glasgow.
I’ll tell you why – it’s precisely because I can’t put my finger on what they offer! There’s an air of mystery about them, but a real punk attitude, harking back to the fun punk of the early 2000s. The music seems based on punk, but then isn’t what you’d call ‘punk.’
Their music and attitude makes me smile. They make me wanna dance … though you really don’t wanna see that.
Heck! Who cares what label is put on Bandaid Brigade. They have fun – we have fun. Everyone’s a winner.
Bandaid Brigade are a new band out of somewhere, USA. The press bio doesn’t say. Not that it matters. But given the band’s instigators are Zach Quinn, of hardcore punk band PEARS fame, and Brian Wahlstrom (Scorpios, Gods of Mount Olympus) then I’ll take a punt on New Orleans and California.
The band’s makeup is completed with Paul Rucker (Street Dogs) on drums and Chris Fogal (The Gamits) on guitar.
Now, given the pedigree, you, or at least I, would expect any such collaboration to result in something, well, punk based.
But see, that’s the trouble when writing of bands with connections to the American punk scene of old – and especially any who have had connections to Fat Wreck Records and worked with the likes of Lagwagon. They just didn’t seem to take life too seriously. You could never be sure what to expect next.
And so it is with Bandaid Brigade. With the release of their debut single, ‘Travel Light,’ the band seem determined to laugh in the face of genre convention. See? Even with something serious like releasing the lead track from their forthcoming album, ‘I’m Seperate,‘ they’re still laughing.
Details of the album are scarce at the moment, and given what I’ve written so far, I hesitate to suggest the following video is typical of what to expect.
The humour of the video, yes. Song style? Who knows?
‘Travel Light’ is about as far removed from the hardcore punk of PEARS as you can get, but you don’t have to listen too hard to pick up on some delightful pop punk vibes mixed in amongst the 80s disco beats.
The video is of course, both fun and excellent. But I listened to the track a few times without the ‘distraction,’ and you know – this song is catchy as f***!
I do tend to think Bandaid Brigade are more making some kind of ironic comment on the state of mid-80s, commercial music than seriously hinting they are headed off in that direction.
But if they are going that way, I think I’ll join them. It could be a right laugh.