Wille & The Bandits return in 2020 with a brand-new line up, further increasing their immense and immersive sound by moving from a trio to a four piece. The band will now feature screaming Hammond organ and second guitar as well as 3-way vocal harmonies.
Wille will be joined by Finn McAuley (drums & percussion), Harry Mackaill (bass, ukulele & vocals) and Matthew Gallagher (keyboards, guitars, percussion & vocals). All three are impressive musicians who have honed their craft with dedication and have been selected for their enthusiasm and songwriting sensibilities. To coincide with the tour the Cornish band released the double A-side single “Keep It On The Downlow” and “Retribution”.
The band will be touring the latest album Paths, which came out last year and encapsulates the excitement and gusto of rock and roll. The album is a breath of fresh air for music lovers trapped in Spotify’s spoon-feeding algorithms and radio’s set menu playlists; challenging the listener, while embracing the technology and instrumental possibilities that are afforded to musicians in current times. Special guest on the tour will be Troy Redfern.
Wille, on his new Bandits: “I’m very excited by the new line up; our music was starting to have layers in it which were impossible to perform as a trio. Now, with a band of multi-instrumentalists, we can take the music even further and make it even more interesting. It’s like having a set of 5 colours to paint with instead of 3, creative times ahead.“
It is that Wille & The Bandits manage to encompass musical diversity, which makes their music so appealing. They adopt the musical essence, nostalgia and discovery of the late 60’s and 70’s and mix rock and roll with a contemporary approach, combining elements of world music and dance music, all of which creates something unique.
WATB have toured with the likes of Deep Purple, Status Quo, Joe Bonamassa, the John Butler Trio and Warren Haynes. In 2014 they were voted in the Top Ten bands to see at Glastonbury. They play festivals across Europe, crossing genres from the pop scene (Isle of Wight), rock scene (Steelhouse), Blues (Peer Blues), surf (Boardmasters) and other sport (the London Olympics – picked to play by being voted one of UK’s best live acts).
Wille’s prolific songwriting means that there will inevitably be new music to enjoy for the die-hard fans, expect some classic ballads, funky grooves and massive riffs.