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Vandoliers – Forever (album review)

by Woody on February 26, 2019

credit: Mike Brooks

Last year when I saw the Dallas six-piece, Vandoliers, slated to pay the Bloodshot BBQ at SXSW; I thought to myself, “Yep, that seems about right.” Described by me as Eliott BROOD, but with a little Tex-Mex flavor to it; Vandoliers are cowpunk through and through.

Led by Josh Fleming, the boys kick out an earnest heart-on-your-sleeve 10 track effort that begs to be heard in a live setting. Like The Old 97s, a band that Fleming cites as a major influence, their tracks beg to screamed at the top of your lungs with no care for tomorrow.

As you listen to these tracks, you get a good feel for their lives. As a band that spends half a year on the road, Miles and Miles with its tasty fiddle is an apt opener. The Tejano flavored Bottom Dollar Boy shows the back end as a touring musician; what you have to do to survive when you’re back in town. The band mixes tracks about being hellraisers (Troublemaker), pensive (Cigarettes in The Rain), Springsteen-esque Nowhere Fast.

All in all, they’ve put out an album that belongs in the Bloodshot catalog. Really looking forward to seeing them at SXSW.

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Vandoliers announce Forever for 2/22/19

by Woody on December 17, 2018

credit: Mike Brooks

Vandoliers are a six-piece from the Dallas area and they are also the latest addition to Bloodshot Records. To say they’re a good fit for Bloodshot is a bit of an understatement. Forever is their third album and obviously their first for Bloodshot. The track below rips. Here’s some info on the band from Bloodshot’s PR team.

Formed in 2015, the self-proclaimed “Converse cowboys” are a group of Dallas-Fort Worth musicians who have each logged more than a decade in their own respective punk, folk and country bands. Vandoliers mix raw, rough-edged roots music with the focused, fiery storytelling of frontman Joshua Fleming. Behind him, the band—bassist Mark Moncrieff, drummer Guyton Sanders, fiddler Travis Curry, electric guitarist Dustin Fleming, and multi-instrumentalist Cory Graves – have honed in on a sound that’s uniquely their own, equally informed by the country and Tex-Mex sounds of their home state and the unbridled music of their youth. With their Bloodshot Records debut, they’ve galvanized these influences to enter into a new frontier of Texas country-punk, one that takes cues from the past, but carries them to refreshing new heights. It’s twang and tattoos, grit and guitars, honky-tonk and horns.

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