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We are used to a frenetic hyperactive Bandicoot that romps at a breakneck speed teetering on the brink of a chaotic convulsion, barely restrained and utterly wild. Their new track ‘Early Morning’ completely subverts this trope and shows this is a band with many arrows in their quiver. This is a statuesque and breathtakingly beautiful …

There is always a frisson of heady excitement when Bandicoot are on the prowl. We premiered their demonic video to the track ‘FUZZY’ last year and reviewed a number of mind-blowing tracks that followed, culminating in the news of their debut album ‘Black After Dark’, due out through Libertino Records on 4 March 2022. Now, …

Proving themselves to be in my opinion one of the most dynamic and exciting bands around at the moment, Bandicoot‘s new single ‘Life death and Other Things’ takes them in another theatrical direction, softened by smooth swinging horn toots accentuating the rumbling flow of the track. The slightly discordant, teetering on the brink of chaos, …

Out later today, we are able to bring you an exclusive early listen to the fantastic new Man Without Country EP, ‘Bloods, Side A’. This is an EP soaked in an ambient electronic haze: syncopated beats, a throbbing pulse and waves of layered synths that carry producer and vocalist Ryan A. James’s delicate and haunting …

Welsh-native producer and vocalist Ryan A. James is Man Without Country: a project that sees a perfect marriage between James’s soft expressive vocals and layers of electronic synths that bubble and move like a geyser about to explode. Indeed, ‘UltraNightmare’ has that motion: a burbling electronic opening that starts to coalesce into a driving, haunting …

Bandicoot have an attitude and an impeccable sense of theatre and drama that make their releases utterly cathartic and completely mesmerising. We premiered the video for their last single ‘Fuzzy’ – seductive with all the delicacy of a velvet coated sledgehammer – and the band has released a follow up single ‘Worried Blues’: another blast …

‘Ribidires’ is a slinky smooth and effervescent track from Welsh band BOI with a gorgeous pace and delivery: all plonking pianos, razor-sharp guitars and layers of vocals and harmonies. With doo-wop backing vocals and a transfixing and memorable melody, it really stands out in a crowded field with its gentle ambulatory motion and shimmering tones. …

Welsh indie giants Climbing Trees will be releasing their much anticipated new single ‘Troubling Times’ on 30 April 2021, and we here at Backseat Mafia are very excited to bring to you an exclusive first listen of the single. And it is an absolute delight. The band says: We’re chuffed to share ‘Troubling Times’ with …

There is a wild untrammeled madness to the new single ‘Fuzzy’ by Welsh band Bandicoot that is utterly mesmerising and incandescent. There are no brakes on this particular vehicle – a doo-wop singing style infused with a gritty attitude, reverb-soaked vocals and an arched eyebrow or two: stylistic, cool and unhinged. It’s just brilliant. The …

GWENLLIAN ANTHONY, bassist, keys wizard and more with Carmarthen’s award-winning indie outfit Adwaith has, on and off, over the past few years, been jamming and writing with Matthew Kilgariff, who’s been touring member of Gwenllian’s home band, a little creative side gig; but as 2020 stuck out its viral tongue and thumbed its nose at …