By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa
Album Review: Wille & The Bandit’s Paths–Release date Friday, February 1, 2019–Fat Toad Records and distribution by Proper
Rocking trio Wille & The Bandits’ new album Paths will be released on February 1, 2019 through Fat Toad Records. After hearing the single “Find May Way”, with its hard-driving classic rock feel, we at Rock At Night were eager to listen to the rest of the album!
Wille & The Bandits appear to have hit exploratory territory in this album, which features blues-rock or classic rock sounds but ventures into alt rock, World Beat, and even hip hop influences—all, with a distinct, infectious groove delivered by electric guitar or slide guitar, courtesy of Willie Edwards.
Political protests are loud in clear in the swampy blues-rock song “One Way”, which discusses hatred, as W&TB’s ask, “Why can’t we treat everyone compassionately?” Another politically-tinged song “Make Love” has a groovin’ rock riff and almost a retro 60s feel, harking to the days of “Make Love, Not War”.
Two songs which had a New-Agey/World Beat feel are “Chakra” and “Watch You Grow.” Possibly one of my favorite songs on the album is “Keep It On the Down-Low” with its swampy blues-rock riffs, sing-along chorus, and almost a hip-hop Millennial feel to the song. “How Long” sounds very alt-rockish and slightly grungey with cool harmonies as it pays homage to Chris Cornell’s passing. Another stand-out song is “Retribution” which features an Allmanesque, Southern rock groove, as it criticizes the short-sightedness of government and corporations in protecting our planet. What is a rock album without an epic ballad—and Paths definitely features a beautiful ballad with gentle cello accompaniment called “Four Million Days”.
Overall, Wille and The Bandits will not disappoint as it solidifies its blues-rock sound and explores other musical areas along the “paths”.
THE BAND: Wille Edwards (lead vocals, guitars, Dobro, electric Weissenborn), Matt Brooks (bass, cello, backing vocals), Andrew Naumann (drums, djembes, congas, Jews Harp, backing vocals).
Victim of the Night
Four Million Days
Keep It on the Down-low
Find My Way
Watch You Grow
Catch Wille & The Bandits on Tour in the UK!
New Breed (2010), Breakfree (2012), Grow (2013), Steal (2017), LIviing Free LIVE (2018) and Paths (2019)
I grew up in a household full of rock music, studied journalism in college, and then became a scientist.Although my science career has served me well, music has always played a major role in my life. I grew up reading "Creem" magazine; I play several musical instruments as a "hobby";and it seems a camera has always been in my hand. Now, I am combining what I love the most--music and photography--serving as editor of Rock At Night. I travel between the US and UK seeking my dream! My motto: life is short...no regrets. Chyrisse