Sometimes a song/video just makes you feel good, and in turn, want to dance around with a jug of shine; and that is what “Sweet Thing” from Bandits On The Run does to us here at Pancakes And Whiskey.
The video, animated by Gary Leib, is a fun ride with fantastic animation that highlights the good nature of the song and almost makes you forget that the actual track was recorded live! With dramatic three-part harmonies, wavering cello and jangly guitar “Sweet Thing” is the second single off their forthcoming EP entitled Bandits Live at the Power Station and is due out on 8-16-19 (pre-order/save here). After hearing a sneak peek of the new live-album, we must tell you that it is an amazing effort and look forward to you hearing it. The good thing for all of us is, the band will be having an EP release gig at Mercury Lounge the same day and you can get your tickets here.
The Brooklyn band consisting of Bonanza Jellyfish aka – Sydney Shepherd on cello, Clarissa aka – Regina Strayhorn on toys/accordion/melodica and Roy Dodger aka – Adrian Enscoe on guitar; fancy themselves as modern day musical outlaws and fittingly enough met and formed in the depths of the NYC subway system while busking. Since honing their distinctive sound underground, they have appeared around the city at some of our favorite venues and started to tour extensively. Most recently, their video submission for the NPR Tiny Desk Contest earned a “Top Shelf” designation and was one of Bob Boilen’s favorite submissions of the year.
“‘Sweet Thing’ is one of the first originals we worked on together and might very well have been the first song we sang in the subways. It’s about that special feeling of craziness you get when you start adjusting your life for your loved one, and the insane lengths you’ll go to please them, and the way that infatuation can bring out a playful kind of cruelty in us. We built the harmonies in stacks to introduce our three-part harmony and to conjure a kind of folksy twang, and we took out a beat in the strummed verses to reinforce that sense of precariousness that comes with new love.” – Bandits On The Run