Comprised of Fraser McCallum, Roger Carter, 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 and charted across the country this fall with their third independent release Close Your Eyes. The album was featured on several Best of 2015 lists, including Mixtape Magazine‘s top-9 East Coast albums and Top-45 Canadian records of 2015. More recently, the album picked up a 2016 East Coast Music Award nomination for Rock Recording of the Year.
The 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 early winter, RB toured 11 dates throughout Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes with Dylan Menzie, presented by Upstreet Craft Brewing. More recently, their arrangement and recording of Dick Blakeslee’s protest song ‘Passing Through’ (which is included as the closing number on Close Your Eyes) was again included for the opening theme of Season 2 of the award-winning Canadian web series Just Passing Through. The gents will perform showcases at the 2016 ECMA’s in April and and 2016 Music PEI Week in May.
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