Trashcan Bandits is a quartet from Fayetteville, Arkansas. The band was born of a trumpet playing folk collective back in 2011 and has since morphed into a genre bending style that puts a high price on melody and dynamics. They play anything from salty Cajun blues boogie to sleepy folk ballads to soundscapes straight out of Mordor. All members sing. Instrumentation is primarily electric guitar and bass, clarinet, mandolin, a kit of drums, and the occasional trumpet. Be treated to a very diverse show, they are the band of many faces.
Review of Album:
A press review of last album, The Righteous and the Wicked available online.
" The Trashcan Bandits' name speaks of their light-hearted approach to life though the title of their first release, The Righteous and the Wicked. The The bards in this Fayetteville-based band are Dane "Gumbo" Gamble on guitar; Patti "Steel" Richardson clarinet, mandolin, and spoons; Ed Cheek on bass and trumpet; and Nicholas Clark on drums, banjo, and glock. They all sing. Matt Beach adds trombone on "Make Me Wholly". Vocals on most of the album growl alongin a Tom Waits sort of sing speak (Queen of Hearts', "Woke Up this Morning") and a gypsy jazz beat (Devil's Gold", "Hold On"), moving between heavy heavy waltz and straight time (Brown Bear House"). The vocals brings thoughts of pirates ("All for me Grogg"), roaming ("On my Parents Back Porch, Make Me Wholly") and wooden, dusky drinking halls ("What do you do with a Drunken Sailor?"). The rousing Flogging Molly-type anthem ("We Sing") possesses a touch of foot-stomping, beer-spilling Irish drinking music. Grab your copy from the Bandits..."
~Dana Waters, The Currentland.