Racoon Bandit are picking up steam in the non-steam era. The folk-rock consortium formed in 2009 in a well-lit porch in Charlottetown, PEI when songwriters Fraser McCallum and Adam Gallant both tumbled back onto red soil.
“Into the Hills is an incredible effort, one of those debut albums that obviously comes from a band interested in a long professional career” – Toro Magazine.
Together with drummer/songwriter Roger Carter and bassist Scott Gallant, Racoon Bandit blend folk lyrics with a driving rhythm section, punchy harmonies, and gripping guitar flashes. Equal parts root-rock and indie, the bandit sound evokes comparisons to early-Neil, Wilco, and Arcade Fire.
The Bandits have released two independent albums, with 2011′s Into the Hills turning heads across the country. Popular new music site, Skeleton Crew Quarterly said, “They show a knack for warm folk-rock arrangements that hide an anthemic bite; something that goes smoothly next to daydreamed campfires and docks at sunset.”
The group are now hard at work on their third full-length recording, expected to be released in the fall of 2014. They’ll also be touring the Maritimes this winter and playing the In Dead of Winter Festival, Music PEI Week, and the ECMA’s in Charlottetown.
Winners of 3 Music PEI Awards and ECMA nominees, the folk-rock quartet has shared the stage with many great entertainers, including The Sadies, April Wine, Al Tuck, In-Flight Safety, Two Hours Traffic, Hannah Georgas, Said the Whale, and Erin Costelo.