Nejlepší mejdan se blíží a stále je nač poukazovat. Představu o kapele Los Banditos vám pomůže dosti přesně udělat
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In 1996 the band was founded as a trio in Jena. The Banditos first specialized in Surf, but soon enough line up and musical competence were steadily broadened, so that 4 years later we’re facing a 5-headed gang that is still celebrating its music on a solid Surf base and is unmistakeably inspired by the East-german “Big Beat” bands of the early Sixties (yes, this term did exist already 40 years ago), but is integrating the sexy groove of the Sixties/Seventies Soul into its music, performing classical R’n’B vocal pieces and with the help of the DJ, who is a regular band member, creates an own version of Post Easy Listening Pop. This mixture is produced on original vintage GDR-equipment: Musima de Luxe guitar, Musima Billant 76 bass and Weltmeister T/O 200.5 organ.
The Banditos’ live gigs turn out to be a challenge for your dancing as well as for your laughing abilities. Glamour is served in family packs and the prescribed combination of musical drugs, namely Sixties Beat, Surf, sound tracks of spy thrillers, Spaghetti Westerns and blue movies, Black Soul, Las Vegas Glamour, Shadows melodies and brave postmodern Pop makes even the death move. At the latest with their interpretations of “Je t’aime… moi non plus” and “Oh Tannenbaum” (whose melody is also the state hymn of Maryland) every hall goes wild. But of course the Banditos are not only game for popular party tunes. In the first place elegance and understatement are dominant. In an adequate atmosphere it is not unlikely that an Los Banditos concert takes up to 3 hours. And there’s not one moment of boredom included.
Their own compositions, titled “Fremder Planet” (unknown planet), “Porno Uschi” (porn Uschi), “Unbekannte wilde Frau” (unknown wild woman) or “Zwischenfall im Orbit” (incidence in space) don’t have to hide behind their versions of classics or obscurities.
Self evidently, the Banditos are now all year around on tour, not only at home, but also in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Belgium and Danmark. Their divine “Sex” video clip ran several times on Viva, Arte broadcasted a complete concert and they have been hired to write the music for Karen Finleys thestre play “The theory of total blame”.
Of course they appear also frequently in the radio, in fanzines and the press. Some samples?
Spex: “Best Surf/Instrumental record of approximately the last 18 month.”
Flying Revolverblatt: “Fantastic Instrumental sound between Surf &Easy Listening.”
Ox: “The heroes of Trash Surf Beat … were the only ones who managed to make the 700 lethargic bastards move.”