It’s no secret that we all dig, Banditos. It is all about the music and this band , rocks it big time. Thanks to Stephen C. for setting this interview up before he left for vacation and thank you to Bloodshot Records and Banditos for the Interview….
answers from Corey Parsons of Banditos
For those not familiar with the history of the Banditos could you give us a little back history?
We all grew up on the outskirts of Birmingham, AL. Half of us went to the same high school. Some of us met at an all ages punk venue in the city. We’ve all been friends for at least ten years. Steve and I started writing songs and busking for beer money and eventually we were asked to play some shows. We recruited Randy and played a few as a three piece. We then added a bass player and a lap steel player for a couple of months. The lap steel player decided he would rather graduate college than live in a van with us, so we had to go our separate ways. Mary and Jeff joined soon after. We did a few more months before we split ways with our first bassist and secured the final line-up with Danny. After Danny’s initiation we started hitting the road. Now we’re steadily working our way towards world domination.
How or why did you wait until you had been together for 5 years to put out your 1st Album?
We were too busy playing shows. We’re all very particular when it comes to music. We didn’t want to half-ass our debut album.
Your music seems to be a confluence of influences, can you talk about that a little and how did you decide what songs to include on” Banditos” ?
We have pretty eclectic taste in music, but I think the one common thread in most of the stuff we really dig is the rawness or realness in a song. That sort of rough around the edges sound. Our debut has some of the first songs we ever wrote and some that were written a couple of days before recording them. We just went with the ones that felt the best to us.
How did you decide on Bloodshot Records to put out “Banditos” and how much fun or work was the experience of recording your 1st Album ?
Bloodshot is a no bullshit label and we’re a no bullshit band. We just work well together.
We recorded our album with Andrija Tokic at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville. It took some effort, but for the most part anytime we’re playing music we’re enjoying ourselves. It doesn’t hurt that Andrija is our buddy and a badass behind the console.
700 Shows in 3 years, that’s a real throwback to the way it was. Any plans to slow that down a bit and what are some of the crazier tour stories you can share with us ?
Probably not slowing down anytime soon. I’m more comfortable on the road than off.
I’ll just give you an idea of some of the stuff that happened on this last tour we just finished up. We stayed with a cult in the Pacific Northwest, we partied on yachts in Cannes, we almost died in a Taxi in Istanbul, we put it all on black in Reno and Vegas, we flew over 24 hours in one day, we drove 36 hours in two, we broke down in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming, our brakes went out in Steamboat Springs, we saw the Funky Worm in Kankakee, we lost our luggage, we found our luggage, we lost our luggage again, we found our luggage again, and that’s just in the past month.
Do you stop by roadside attractions if you see it on a billboard while on the road? If so what have you seen?
Yeah, sometimes. It’s usually a let down, though. The Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo is okay. We did stop by the Grand Canyon on the Fourth of July. That was pretty.
I suppose the main question for all of you would be: With so much talent in one band how do you keep everyone happy enough to stick it out for the long haul?
Complete creative freedom. We’re all in this together. It’s not any one member’s band, it’s our band. It’s not hard to stick it out when you’re doing what you’ve always wanted to do.
We all love your Album , any plans for a follow up and are you playing any of the new tunes on your current tour?
Thank you very much! We’re gonna start working on some new tunes this December. We’re playing the majority of the songs off the album every night.
Could you talk about some Albums that you could never part with, and what kind of tunes did you listen to driving around when you were teenagers.
That’s a tough one. Some of the albums I listen to on a pretty regular basis are: The Velvet Underground’s “Loaded”, Ramones’ “Leave Home”, Tom Waits’ “Nighthawks at the Diner”, The Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main Street”, Conway Twitty’s “Greatest Hits (Vol 1 & 2)”, The Stooges’ self titled, KISS, and Guy Clark’s “Old No. 1”. Just to name a few.
I listened to a lot of Modest Mouse, Against Me!, Ramones, and Everytime I Die as a teen.
Any last thoughts that you would like to share with your Fans?
THANK YOU! We appreciate your support more than you know.