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    Willie and the Bandits release new album 'Paths'

    Following the release of Willie and the Bandits new album Paths, we spoke to lead singer Willie about their upcoming tour, Liverpool and capturing epic sounds…


    Paths was released to critical acclaim on Friday 1st February 2019. Influenced by bands of the sixties and seventies, Willie explains how the combination of heavy rock and orchestral sounds has been incorporated on the album:


    “My influences go back to the sixties and seventies - Bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles; that songwriting craft and use of strings. Later on I was influenced by bands like Pearl Jam and Sound Garden. It’s across that range; its rock, but we also incorporate different types of percussion and I use different slide guitars. We play a double bass with a bow too; there’s an orchestral sound on some songs. It’s very much played from the heart and very guitar led too”.


    The band are multi-instrumentalists; an aspect that has influenced their sound onstage, which they also wanted to capture on the new record:


    “It’s very achievable with us as musicians; the three of us are multi-instrumentalists. When we play live, Matt might be playing double bass with a bow, but he’ll also be playing keyboards with his feet. I play guitar and slide guitar, switching between the two. We just needed to try and capture that onto record. When we started Willie and the Bandits, this was the record we always wanted to make”.


    Explaining the story behind the band’s name, Willie adds that when he performed solo onstage, he would often ask other musicians to play alongside him. Eventually, this led to the formation and name for the band:


    “It started because I was performing onstage on my own, but I’d invite anyone up to play alongside me - so it was Willie and the Bandits were whoever was around to perform with me. Then it evolved into a core three members”.


    Having performed previously with artists such as Status Quo, Joe Bonamassa and Deep Purple, Willie and the Bandits will head out on a headline tour this March.


    Their tour visits Liverpool on Thursday 14th March, a city that Willie considers a home from home:


    “The first time we ever played in Liverpool was at the Philharmonic Hall, at the Music Room there. That was such a great gig. I love the people in Liverpool; they’re so enthusiastic and really love their music. There’s such a great music heritage there too and lots of really great musicians to have come from Liverpool. My first experience of Liverpool was a really, really positive one and it’s a great city. When I walked around Liverpool after Sound Check, it was good because people just chat to you in the street. That’s what its like in Cornwall too where I live. It was like a home from home”.



    Looking ahead to performing the songs from Paths to an audience on their upcoming tour, he adds that:


    “It’s going to be an epic sound. We’re taking our performance up a notch and playing more instruments than before. We’re playing different styles and trying to capture this bigger sound. It’s a really anthemic, big rock sound. I think people are going to absolutely love it”.



    Willie and the Bandits will visit Liverpool’s o2 academy on Thursday 14th March 2019.


    Their new album Paths is available to purchase and stream now.



    By Sarah O' Hara




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