Fine, Fine Day
(Taken from) Visionland
The Banditos have been one of our favourite discoveries since we created the Rocking Magpie website, so it was a bit curious that, after casually picking up the Banditos 2015 self-titled album and giving it a spin on Saturday night, it’s just been announced that they have just finished recording the follow up!
For much of the last two years, the Banditos have been on the road, relentlessly showcasing their critically acclaimed 2015 self-titled debut album. In late 2016, the six bandmates hunkered down at Plum Creek Sound Studios and democratically poured out sonic influences and emotionally charged personal experiences for their new album Visionland.
Produced by Israel Nash and Ted Young, the Birmingham/Nashville-based group’s second full-length album, released on June 23 – has one foot firmly planted in reality while the other tip-toes in and out of mental complexities, self-perception and altered-state illusions. The results are revealing, exhilarating and profound.
The album’s title track reveals these defining, cohesive thematic intricacies. “Visionland” is named after the now defunct $60 million theme park that was built in the late ‘90s near some of the band members’ childhood homes in Bessemer, Alabama. The park was shut down after only five years and the schizophrenic glimmer of hope it offered local residents connects to a greater overlying optimism for life present at the album’s core, an eerily relevant theme in contemporary complex times. Jeff Salter’s sweeping guitar strums swell at the song’s intro, lifting through the murky haze into the warm and sunny clarity of a duet between singer Mary Beth Richardson and singer/guitarist Corey Parsons.
The pre-order link is here: https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/album/visionland
RELEASED June 23rd 2017