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. Winners of Music PEI’s Group Recording of the Year and Rock Recording of the Year in January, 2012 is looking like a bright year for this rising group.
“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.
Racoon Bandit recently released a vinyl EP,’RacoonBandit/ SisterJack’, their third self-produced release in just over 2 years. Their last album, Into the Hills, came out in 2011 on Collagen Rock Records (Two Hours Traffic, English Words). This full-length collection of folk and folk rock songs that ranges in texture from wistful ballads to punchy pop-rock to alt-rock shuffles.
Nominees in 2011 for the East Coast Music Awards and winners of the 2011 Music PEI Video of the Year, Racoon Bandit has shared the stage with many great entertainers including April Wine, Two Hours Traffic, Hannah Georgas, Said the Whale, In-Flight Safety and Erin Costelo.