C.D. On Songs: The Bandit Kings // “Epic Hello”

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Remember when they said, “Remember, remember, the Fifth of November?” It’s sort of the rallying call for those who want to make a difference. I don’t care where you keep your money or who you want to give it to or keep it from. I am only suggesting what to do with a small fraction of it. And here is my suggestion: go to Gloucester tomorrow night. Find the Rhumbline. Once you find it, get inside, and join The Bandit Kings for a listening party/live performance. You don’t need any money to do this. But you may want a few beers. And you should probably buy the band a few beers as well. Why do you owe this band a few beers? Check it out:

band crush - Bandit KingsThe Bandit Kings – “Epic Hello”
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Seeing as you are currently on the internet, I can assume you have heard of Epic Fails. “Epic Hello” is another story altogether, with no cats in bathtubs or goth girls snapping cellphone pics of themselves. Very unlike the bathroom mirror girls, “Epic Hello” is a rather mature piece, displaying poise and posture that inspire confidence in the listener. The Kings’ rhythm section drives the track’s steady beat with unrelenting energy and a firm hand, making it endlessly satisfying to nod/rock/whatever-you-do along with the tempo.

We realize that we can trust The Bandit Kings with our ears, because “Epic Hello” is a complete sounding piece from the five-piece Bandit Kings, spearheaded by the Queens of the Kings (see what I did there?) Ann Marie and Renee Dupuis (see what they did there?). In much the same way the front-women’s names jangle sonorously together, so do their voices. The vocals twine in and out of each other, occasionally joining forces, occasionally establishing their own paths through the melody. They seem to have an innate understanding between them, like someone you will let wander off at a store/party/show and don’t worry about finding them – simply because you know you will, with no problem.

Weighing in at 4:23 (you guys couldn’t have made it three seconds shorter, mannnnn?) “Epic Hello” is slightly more “epic” than your average title track, yet nowhere near as epic as some longer-winded songs can be. When a song is particularly sweet, we say we didn’t notice it was longer than your average song, but this is not the case here. Worry not, listeners: this song is sweet, yet you realize its length and breadth and you sort of stand back and say “Well, that fits just right.” You will realize the epic-ness of this track, but you won’t mind it – you will like it.

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