The Bandicoots are a four piece from the wonderful world of Canada and this is their newest EP This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things. Predictably we are two months behind the initial buzz for this EP but music is eternal, and songs can still be enjoyable after this much time. This ain’t no Blurred Lines or Moves Like Jagger. This is a record that showcases what it’s like to be able to gather your friends together, hold some instruments strongly and declare that you’re about to tear some shit up, and boy, don’t they tear some shit up.
Just After Dark kicks off the EP with a sweet walking guitar riff that sounds like Artic Monkeys’ Favourite Worst Nightmare era and comes in with just as much force. The Bandicoots use this simple riff to produce a rhythm that’s undeniably catchy, and the way they combine it with additional guitar sounds and drum fills makes for some pretty sweet listening.
No Turn On Red makes you feel like a badass cowboy in a western with its drawn out guitar chords and warm bass contributions. Once again the vocals direct all of the hooks into the listener’s ears, and fortunately dab at them with a frantic drum beat that dashes the airwaves with some disco naughtiness to help it all go down a lot easier.
Our personal highlight comes in the form of Mind Your Manors. This track is a straight indie hit from The Bandicoots, with its upbeat tempo and guitar riffs that trickle in every pocket of air available. The band does a superb job at throwing all kinds of vocal harmonies and guitar melodies and guitar solos to help convert this track from another solid tune into a straight up beefy hit. This is a very enjoyable track, and certainly boosts This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things as an EP everybody should listen to right now.
Closing track ends things on a high note as its sweet guitar melodies, warm basslines and subtle drums adds a wonderful atmosphere to the EP’s goodbye. It reminds us a lot of a song The Libertines could have created in their heyday, and the guitar melodies sound like something that could have appeared in the early episodes of Spongebob Squarepants, which is awesome.
This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things is a very solid EP from The Bandicoots. All four of the tracks included are great indie tunes, making for some easy listening as it delivers some sweet riffs, sounds, twists and turns. Nice one lads. For more music reviews, free downloads and lads lads lads check out Exploding Head Syndrome on Facebook and Twitter.