Branded Bandits, are a newly formed US trio made up of brother and sister John and LuLu Demitro, with the addition of Tyler Sanderson. Very fresh on the rock scene they’re already starting to make waves in their native America, and have now set their sights on breaking into the UK .
So,what are they all about? Well as a young rock band pretty dam good actually! Being so young they have a huge archive of rock influences to study and digest, of which can occasionally be heard in their work. All that said, they have managed to make their own unique sound which is fairy diverse to be honest, ranging from the classic rock sounds of the 70’s and 80’s to the more muted blues rock styles I personally love.
This EP ‘Change‘ which was released on the 16 Mar 2014, consists of six tracks starting with the almost jazz/rocky riffs of ‘Bus Stop‘ laden with some natty keyboard work and some pretty good lead guitar work from John D. With the added keyboard I was taken back to early Black Sabbath memory’s of the ‘Paranoid’ album. But like I said before they have managed to put their own twist on this track. ‘Hang Me High‘ brings to the fore the excellent clear vocals of LuLu Demitro, a real must for me as I don’t like to have to use a translator to understand songs. Again heavy pounding riffs and a great drum beat remind me of so many vintage groups, I just let myself get lost in their songs.
Now one exceptional song is ‘Kity‘. Wow! what a great start to a song, with the deep south sounding riffs combined with a rolling throbbing sexy dirty beat. This is one real foot tapping mother of a song, you can’t just sit there and listen to it, you have to feel it, live it, ROCK with it!! ‘Rolling Thunder’ is a different beastie! Much more relaxed and chilled, mix the 60′ with the 90’s and you might just about get it. Again LuLu sings the lead here, very nice,clear and in perfect pitch. There’s lot of keyboard work on this track which sort of gives it that 60’s sound I was talking of. The only way you’ll find out what I’m rambling on about is to listen to the album yourself!
The next song is the album title song, ‘Change‘. A much faster beat with tons of lead guitar reverb, a little hint of the god of electric rock Hendrix? Tell me what you think! Now for the last song on this brilliant but far too short EP is ‘ You Know Why‘. Almost bursting into the psychedelic styles of old, this young band have it down to a T, and seem to relish in the monster that they have created. If your an old rocker like me, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this track as much as I did.
John Demitro Vocals/Lead Guitar
Lulu Demitro Vocals/Bass
Tyler Sanderson Drums
Hang Me High
You Know Why