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 with 2011’s Into the Hills, and have two other independent releases to their name.
“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
The four lads are set to release their latest record on August 21, Close Your Eyes. Co-produced with Colin Buchanan (Paper Lions; producer for Coyote, the Lions, North Lakes, and Wildcat) this 12-song production features song-writing and lead vocals from all four members and contributions from guest artists Kinley Dowling, Allison Kelly, Jill McRae, Buchanan, and more.
This year, Racoon Bandit has played the Cavendish Beach Music Fest, the ECMA’s, the PEI 2014 Celebration Zone, and Dead of Winter Festival, and arranged and recorded the title theme song for the award-winning Canadian web series Just Passin 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:
“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
“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
“Sprawling East Coast indie rock.” – Beatroute
“Racoon Bandit 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 lyrics, mood and scope of this band hugs at the very nature of being Canadian.” – Skeleton Crew Quarterly.
“‘Hold On To Your Hat’ is a pure hit.” – Grant Lawrence, CBC Radio 3