Wille & The Bandits to release new studio album “Paths” on February 1st 2019

Wille And The Bandits Paths cover
Wille & The Bandits will release their new album “Paths” on Friday 1st February, 2019, encapsulating the excitement and gusto of rock‘n’roll.

The album is a breath of fresh air challenging the listener while embracing technology and instrumental possibilities that are afforded to musicians in current times. The new album will be released by Fat Toad Records and distributed by Proper.

To support the release of their new album Wille & The Bandits will tour the UK in March 2019. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 17th October here.

The band will also release “Find May Way” - the first single taken from the new album, on Friday 19th October.

Watch the video for “Find May Way” below.

“I feel that we have finally managed to capture the various soundscapes and unusual instrumentation of our sound on one album without losing the raw, live energy of WATB”, says Wille Edwards (lead vocals, guitars).

Wille & The Bandits manage to encompass musical diversity which makes their music so appealing. The band adopts the musical essence, nostalgia and discovery of the late 60's and 70's and mix Rock and Roll with a more modern approach, combining elements of world music, dance music and hip-hop creating something truly unique.

“An eclectic blend of our sounds and influences that sums up the musical diversity of the band”, states Andrew Naumann (Beats Master).

Pre-order the album here.

1. One Way (3:13)
2. Make Love (3:39)
3. Victim of the Night (4:57)
4. Four Million Days (5:10)
5. Chakra (4:33)
6. Keep it on the Down-low (4:04)
7. Judgement Day (3:44)
8. How Long (5:17)
9. Find My Way (3:22)
10. Watch You Grow (5:13)
11. Retribution (4:54)

Track by Track:

1. One Way:
Features Wille’s bottleneck guitar and Andy’s thundering drums to create a driving anthem that gets your feet tapping and head banging. The theme in the verses is to highlight many western countries’ questionable foreign policies and propaganda. In the chorus various leaders are named who have stood for peace as the “One Way”.

2. Make Love:
This song is triggered by a great groove on the drums and a funky unison lick by the guitar and bass, all the guitars were recorded using 1950’s valve amps and the vocals run through a vintage tape machine to give that real retro feel. The song is a hark back to the flower power days and lyrically questions the “eye for and eye” notion of making War not Love.

3. Victim of the Night:
The song is about someone who is struggling through life and his issues and finds solace in the toxicity of the nightlife. The outro features guest vocals from Alex Hart and soars into epic Blues Rock Banditry with wailing guitars and swirling Hammond organ.

4. Four Million Days:
This is a ballad about someone who is looking for their parents. It starts with a lonely gentle cello played by Matt, accompanied by Wille’s finger picked acoustic guitar. The song then builds into a huge chorus which shows the power in Wille’s vocals and songwriting skills of this trio with the melody circling in your head for days. The song also features an almost Floydesque soundscape with Wille’s signature lap slide solo weaving in and out of the strings perfectly arranged by Matthew Brooks. The sound is reminiscent of David Gilmore’s slide guitar playing on tracks such as high hopes.

5. Chakra:
A song about how the World’s natural environment is so important to our development as human beings and if we don’t act soon we may lose our precious planet. The song demonstrates Andy’s skills on percussion with his use of the Hang Drum and Djembe, giving the track a world music vibe and enhancing the natural element of the song. Wille uses electric Weissenborn for the whole track in a custom tuning with Matt accompanying with his 6 string Bass

6. Keep it on the Down-low:
This song showcases how the band can really groove and brings in more modern elements of hip hop and rap in the vocal style. It features heavy percussive elements, and also has an almost Derek Trucks style bottleneck solo and some serious funk Bass playing from Matt

7. Judgement Day:
Inspired by the TV series “The Wire” where some of the characters come from a religious background and don’t have a choice but to become involved in the street life. They feel that they will be judged on Judgement Day. The song was again recorded using vintage equipment and has a Nick Cave and Tom Waits Vibe.

8. How Long:
This song was inspired by one of Wille’s favourite singers Chris Cornell who took his own life, and the vocal and song is a tribute to him. “I felt very emotional about Chris Cornell’s passing and while sat on my beach in Cornwall I wrote this song which talks about depression and how long it takes to overcome this horrible condition.

9. Find My Way:
Talks about trying to find a way in a world which feels like it is designed to profit the rich. It features Willes vocals run through a 1970’s space echo and super fuzzed out guitar through 1953 valve amplifier. The middle eight features Matt’s 6 string bass playing alongside Wille playing a dobro through a space echo. The use of Indian scales on the dobro and Andy playing various types of drums, including the Udu and Djembe’s gives an almost tribal eastern sound.

10 Watch You Grow:
This was written when Wille first became a father and the verses consider the experiential and existential changes in becoming a parent. The chorus talks about watching his daughters grow up and what a beautiful thing it is. The instrumentation is deeply interesting with Wille using a Weissenborn guitar and flirting with Indian sensibilities in the verses and Andy playing an African tonal percussion instrument called a Tongue drum the track is all held together and driven by a looping hypnotic bass line which gets your toes tapping.

11. Retribution:
Hanging with a theme in this album, this track considers how government have failed us in protecting our planet and have made profit more important than future generations and should be held accountable. The song has an almost retro feel featuring again Wille’s lap slide skills which soar into a huge almost Lynyrd Skynyrd style solo in front of Matt and Andy’s solid foundations.

Wille & The Bandits have toured with bands and musicians such as Deep Purple, Status Quo, Joe Bonamassa, the Jon Butler Trio and Warren Haynes. In 2014 the band was voted in the Top Ten bands to see at Glastonbury. They also played the Isle of Wight festival as well as at the London Olympics, picked to play by being voted one of UK’s best Live acts. Other festival appearances include Boardmasters and several festivals in Europe.

UK Tour Dates 2019:
Wednesday 6 March - Ropetackle, Shoreham
Thursday 7 March - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Friday 8 March - The Junction, Plymouth
Saturday 9 March - Thekla, Bristol
Wednesday 13 March - The Bodega, Nottingham
Thursday 14 March - O2 Academy 2, Liverpool
Friday 15 March - O2 Academy 2, Sheffield
Saturday 16 March - The Continental, Preston
Sunday 17 March - Victoria Hall, Settle
Tuesday 19 March - Fibbers, York
Wednesday 20 March - The Hug & Pint, Glasgow
Thursday 21 March - Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Friday 22 March - O2 Academy 2, Newcastle
Saturday 23 March - Top Secret, Scarborough
Sunday 24 March - Junction 2, Cambridge
Wednesday 27 March - The Waterfront, Norwich
Thursday 28 March - O2 Academy 3, Birmingham
Friday 29 March - O2 Academy 2, Oxford
Saturday 30 March - O2 Academy 2 Islington, London