Bandana Splits

Bandana Splits

by The Bandana Splits
     
 
With a sound which harks back to both the post-wartime jazz-pop of the Andrews Sisters and the girl group doo wop of the '60s, Brooklyn trio the Bandana Splits' self-titled album situates itself between fellow jukebox joint revivalists the Puppini Sisters and

Overview

With a sound which harks back to both the post-wartime jazz-pop of the Andrews Sisters and the girl group doo wop of the '60s, Brooklyn trio the Bandana Splits' self-titled album situates itself between fellow jukebox joint revivalists the Puppini Sisters and the Pipettes. The vintage red petticoats and deliberately retro record sleeve indicate that the newly formed band can certainly re-create the look of the era, but luckily, with producer Sam Cohen (Apollo Sunshine) on board, its 13 tracks also prove that there's substance to their style. The steel pedal-laden reworking of the Caravelles' Brill Building classic "You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry," a faithfully melancholic rendition of contemporary U.S. troubadour Benji Hughes' "All You Gotta Do Is Fall in Love," and a playful cover of Bette Midler's cabaret number, "Hawaiian Love Song," show that the band's musical knowledge extends far beyond the usual '50s and '60s standards, but the original compositions achieve their authentic, pastiche ambitions just as effectively. "Lavez Vous" is a tongue in cheek tale about learning French via various beauty products, which starts out with some gentle ukulele chords before turning into an appropriately cutesy slice of Gallic lounge-pop; "Sometimes" and "Ricky Dee" are gloriously infectious bubblegum pop anthems which combine a Spector-inspired Wall of Sound with breezy West Coast harmonies; while there are convincing attempts at seductive bossa nova ("Stay if You Wanna"), hippie-ish Americana ("Desert Love"), and old-fashioned rockabilly ("Choo Choo"). While there was always a slight raised-eyebrow knowingness to their counterparts' output, the Bandana Splits is an unashamedly affectionate and genuine homage which, for the most part, manages to sound fresh and classic at the same time.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2011
Label:
Tummy Touch
UPC:
0881626942925
catalogNumber:
18
Rank:
314898

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bandana Splits   Primary Artist
Josh Kaufman   Lap Steel Guitar
Wynne Bennett   Organ

Technical Credits

Bob Merrill   Composer
Terry Shand   Composer
Dawn Landes   Engineer,Instrumentation
Sam Cohen   Producer,Instrumentation
Benji Hughes   Composer
Steve Salett   Composer
Annie Nero   Instrumentation
Lauren Balthrop   Engineer,Instrumentation
Aaron Rutledge   Engineer
Bandana Splits   Composer
Allison Michael Orenstein   Cover Photo
Bernie DeChant   Back Cover Photo

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