After the critical success of their 2020 debut album, blues aficionados The Roadside Bandits Project are back with a new single Down Down – an atmospheric blues track that tackles mental health issues while also recognising the idea of hope.
Co-written by Bandits main man Santi Arribas and the track’s vocalist Julian Casewell, Down Down merges classic ‘Morricone’ style blues guitar riffs with analogue electronica to create a dark sonic landscape. Over this, Casewell’s dramatic reverb-laden vocal performance tells of the isolation felt by those locked in the struggle, only to close the song with a hopeful plea to “Come on home and blaze away the pain”. With a rhythm section supplied by Craig David, Amy Winehouse drummer Frank Tontoh and Noel Gallagher’s bass player Mark Neary, Down Down is a taste of what’s to come on The Roadside Bandits Project’s upcoming album due out this summer.
As co-writer, producer and player of guitar, keys and synth on the single, Santi Arribas says “the song talks about mental health and what it can do to those with issues, particularly young people – but it tries to say there’s always a glimmer of hope to be had, the proverbial ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ if you like. It’s a subject very important to me personally so I thought we’d try and talk about it through the music”.
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