It’s February, which can only mean Valentine’s, Pancake Day and Wille & The Bandits massive UK tour. And there are now more Bandits to accompany Willie, moving from a trio to a four-piece. Which means an even more immense and immersive sound – immenser and immersiver, in fact.
The band now features a screaming Hammond organ and second guitar as well as 3-way vocal harmonies. Wille has been joined by Finn McAuley (drums & percussion), Harry Mackaill (bass, ukulele & vocals) and Matthew Gallagher (keyboards, guitars, percussion & vocals).
Fans are used watching development and growth of Willie and the Bandits. Take, for example, the the progression of tracks such as Angel. Fans witnessed the evolution of individual songs as they become ever more mesmerising. This has included classic tracks venturing into Pink Floyd influenced landscapes and Led Zeppelin-esque riffs.
This month the band are starting the tour of their latest album Paths, with dates throughout the UK, including The Palladium Club, Bideford, Exeter Phoenix, The Junction, Plymouth and Old Bakery Studios, Truro.
‘The album is a breath of fresh air for music lovers trapped in Spotify’s spoon-feeding algorithms and radio’s set menu playlists,’ says the blurb, ‘challenging the listener, while embracing the technology and instrumental possibilities that are afforded to musicians in current times.’
Wille told ArtsCulture: “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 five colours to paint with instead of three, 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 60s and 70s and mix rock and roll with a contemporary approach, combining elements of world music and dance music, all of which creates something unique.
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.
The Wille & The Bandits Paths tour runs from February to April 2020. As well as the South West section of the tour, dates include Manchester (28 February), Glasgow (7 March), Cardiff (14 March) and London (20 March). Tickets are available from www.willeandthebandits.com
|The Musician, Leicester||Wednesday 26 February|
|The Greystones, Sheffield||Thursday 27 February|
|The Deaf Institute, Manchester||Friday 28 February|
|Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool||Saturday 29 February|
|The Robin 2, Bilston||Wednesday 4 March|
|Irish Centre, Leeds||Thursday 5 March|
|The Cluny, Newcastle||Friday 6 March|
|The Blue Arrow, Glasgow||Saturday 7 March|
|Inchyra Arts Club, Inverness||Monday 9 March|
|St Boswells Live, St Boswells||Tuesday 10 March|
|The Grand, Clitheroe||Wednesday 11 March|
|The Flowerpot, Derby||Thursday 12 March|
|Guildhall, Gloucester||Friday 13 March|
|The Moon, Cardiff||Saturday 14 March|
|The Star, Guildford||Wednesday 18 March|
|Elsewhere, Margate||Thursday 19 March|
|The 100 Club, London||Friday 20 March|
|The Palladium Club, Bideford||Wednesday 25 March|
|Exeter Phoenix, Exeter||Thursday 26 March|
|The Junction, Plymouth||Friday 27 March|
|Old Bakery Studios, Truro||Saturday 28 March|
|Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham||Wednesday 1 April|
|The Bullingdon, Oxford||Thursday 2 April|
|The Tivoli, Wimborne||Friday 3 April|
|Thekla, Bristol||Saturday 4 April|