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, no-holds-barred approach of the band continues with style and panache (see our review of previous single ‘Fuzzy’).
According to singer Rhys Underdown,
Life, Death and Other Things’ is a song about songwriting. It captures the frustrations that come with compressing the whole world and all living experience into three minutes and a few words. It describes the surreality of waking up in unrecognisable nightmarish places, and the impossibility of really saying what you mean. It tries to bridge the overwhelming feeling of distance separating yourself from the world around you, an attempt to understand life, death, and everything in between.
The squealing guitars and motorik drum beat skate across Underwood’s dynamic stylistic tenor vocals and the rolling piano. The horns adding a thrilling veneer to the eccentric pop lilt with weary cynical lyrics. It is a pop treat that recalls the intelligence and songwriting craft of XTC without meds, prowling in the ears like a caged beast. It’s wonderful stuff:
Out through Libertino Records, you can stream through all the usual places. The band has also announced their debut album ‘Black After Dark’ which will be released on 4 March 2022. With the incandescent singles ‘Worried Blues’ and Fuzzy’ already released into the wild, this is going to be a treat.