Comprised of Fraser McCallum, Roger Carter, and brothers Scott and Adam Gallant, Racoon Bandit show a knack for warm folk-rock arrangements that hide an anthemic bite. Equal parts roots, pysch-rock, and indie, the Bandits turned heads across the country this fall with their fourth independent release Close Your Eyes. In November and December they’ll head out on a 10-date album release tour presented by Upstreet Craft Brewery and supported by Dylan Menzie’s Ghost.
The four lads’ 12-song recording is co-produced with Colin Buchanan (Paper Lions; producer for Coyote, the Lions, North Lakes, and Wildcat) and features song-writing and lead vocals from all four members and contributions from guest artists Kinley Dowling, Allison Kelly, Jill McRae, Buchanan, and more. Second single ‘On the Hook’ hit #1 on the East Coast Countdown after climbing for 5 weeks, and the full-length album is currently charting across Canada.
“Their sound has elicited comparisons to such East Coast indie rock peers as the revered Sloan and Thrush Hermit, and their excellent new album Close Your Eyes justifies that.” – New Canadian Music
In the past year, Racoon Bandit has played the Cavendish Beach Music Fest, the ECMA’s, the 2014 Celebration Zone, and Dead of Winter Festival, and arranged and recorded the title theme song for the award-winning Canadian web series Just Passing Through (which is included as the new record’s closing number.)
Winners of 3 Music PEI Awards and two-time ECMA nominees, the quartet has shared the stage with many fine entertainers, including The Sadies, April Wine, Al Tuck, Said the Whale, Two Hours Traffic, Hannah Georgas, and Erin Costelo.
Praise for Racoon Bandit:
“Catchy….moving…I couldn’t get enough of the harmonies, and found myself singing along. 4/5 Stars.” – Canadian Beats
“Soaring harmonies mixed with a blend of folk and rock that find an irresistible happy medium between the two…a band with a killer amount of potential.” – Musicnerd.ca
“Like Joel Plaskett on an ayahuasca binge…Close Your Eyes accomplishes the two things every album should strive for: It leaves the listener wanting more, and wondering where they left their dealer’s phone number.” – AUX TV
“‘Hold On To Your Hat’ is a pure hit.” – Grant Lawrence, CBC Radio 3
Propelled by upbeat folk rock elements and charming pop rock flare, the new single ‘You Got Into It’ foreshadows an exciting and noteworthy indie rock album, once again from the underrated East Coast music scene.” – DustyOrgan.com
“Sprawling East Coast indie rock.” – Beatroute