The Bandicoots
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The Bandicoots

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Alternative Indie





Hamilton, Canada has got it going.

The Bandicoots reminds us of the first time we layed our eyes and ears on Arctic Monkeys: electrifying rock music, perfectly filtered-vocals, and strong electric guitar solos amongst a body of work that is way stong for an independent band.

Today we are premiering their entire EP titled Quarters At The Penny-Arcade, and we couldn't be more excited to unleash this beast to the world. The 4-track release has got it all, some tracks that'll give you the urge to move your body, some tracks that will strike you emotionally, and the whole thing leaving you wanting to bump it over and over again on any occasion.
Since this was our second go at making an album, we felt a bit more free to experiment. The farthest out we probably go is on the last track, ‘Stuck At The Carnival’. We were aping for those airy ‘Because’ harmonies Lennon always did. Plus all that ’step right up’ nonsense. That would have never happened on the first record - and those bits turned out being the most interesting.

Listen to Quarters At The Penny-Arcade in its entirety right here, right now: - IX Daily

"The Bandicoots "Could You Get Me to Tomorrow?" (video)"

The Bandicoots' 2015 EP This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things spawned videos for "No Turn on Red" and "Mind Your Manors," and now they're ready to return with a brand new clip from a brand new EP.

Quarters at the Penny Arcade is slated to arrive later this spring, but before it does, the band have offered up an introduction to the fresh material with the single "Could You Get Me to Tomorrow?" Its accompanying video depicts the action-packed tale of a gangster couple on the road to riches.

Starting from the bottom and working their way up to a glamorous life of sex, booze and Nintendo games, they're like a modern day indie rock Bonnie and Clyde. Follow their law-breaking love story in the clip below.

Quarters at the Penny Arcade is due out on May 13. -

"PREMIERE: Watch The Bandicoots new video "Overnight Innovator""

The Hamilton band contrast breezy pop with spooky shots of masked figures stalking the streets.

Hamilton’s The Bandicoots have been hard at work on their new EP, Quarters At The Penny-Arcade, which the band hopes to have out by early 2016. Thankfully, you don’t have to wait that long: you can check out their video for first single “Overnight Innovator” below.

You might think a music video for The Bandicoots’ brand of ’60s influenced pop would necessitate a sunny, beachside setting… and it might, if The Bandicoots were less imaginative. Directed by the band themselves, their new video for “Overnight Innovator” contravenes their breezy indie-rock by featuring seasonally-appropriate, unsettling masked figures stalking the streets, and even more alarming, some kind of amped up, possibly phantasmagoric auctioneer. Spooky!

Watch “Overnight Innovator” right here: -

"The Bandicoots "Just After Dark""

The Bandicoots acena direto de Hamilton, no Canadá. “Just After Dark” é o primeiro single da carreira do grupo, e já acompanha videoclipe feito totalmente na ética DIY, ou no português bem claro, falta de recursos de uma banda iniciando suas atividades. Porém, como aqui o que importa é a música, acho que deve agradar boa parte dos leitores do blog, pois lembra o Arctic Monkeys, principalmente do começo de carreira. Neste caso, ainda um bocado cru e sem identidade, mas com potencial. Let’s see what the future holds. - 505 Indie (MTV)

"The Bandicoots "No Turn On Red""

Hamilton, ON-based indie rock brigade the Bandicoots pay homage to the rules of the road on their track "No Turn on Red," and now the band have green-lighted some accompanying visuals for the tune. You can get the first look at the new video right here on

The Arctic Monkeys-esque number gets paired with shots that show the band goofing off and spoofing cheesy commercials, movies and old TV favourites from the '50s, '60s and '70s. Watch for references to Happy Days, Monty Python and A Hard Day's Night.

The clip was filmed and edited by the guys in the band, and as for the inspiration? "Really, we think Nicolai just wanted an excuse to throw on a wig," reads the press release.

"No Turn on Red" is slated to appear on the group's upcoming EP, which was produced by Michael Keire (the Dirty Nil, Wildlife) and mastered by Brian Lucey (the Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys). Until more details of the EP's release emerge, kick back and enjoy the channel surfing vibe of the new video. - Exclaim!

"Bandicoots find inspiration from decades past"

Brand new local band the Bandicoots is young, in many regards, but its sound belies its youth.

The Bandicoots released yesterday (Thursday) its second single of its debut EP, This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things. A video accompanies the single’s release.

No Turn on Red is the band’s second single, following Just After Dark‚, released three weeks ago. The third and final single will be released in January, along with the EP.

The Bandicoots performs tonight at Homegrown Hamilton along with the Ballroom Babies and the Zilis as part of Hamilton’s Art Crawl.

Consisting of Justin Ross, vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Lorant Polya, bass guitarist, Nicolai Kozel, lead guitarist, and Andrew Parkinson, drums, the Bandicoots officially formed six months ago with this current line-up.

With some band members not yet 20, but all studying in post-secondary schools, the band is a first for the members involved.

“We haven’t been in other bands,” explained Ross. “We have all been playing our instruments for a long time but this is the first real band. There is no pressure; we are just having fun.”

The band’s sound, however, shows a maturity beyond its time. Formed of friends, the group found inspiration in music of decades past and added modern influences to create its sound.

“We are all on the same page,” noted Ross. “When the band first started, we all had different influences but nobody wanted a hip-hop album.

Music from the ’60s

“We write the songs together and I’ll fit in lyrics. I’m huge on music from the ’60s, such as the Kinks, Beatles, Dean Martin, and Elvis Presley as I grew up with it around my house.”

Recording this EP proved to be a learning tool for the young band.

“A good thing about recording is we got to hear what our songs sound like,” said Ross. “After we did the recordings, we were always writing. It’s hard to stop once we got going. Next we’ll focus a lot more on drum beats and bass playing a bigger role. I don’t think we’ll ever settle on a sound.

“We can be like David Bowie where the sound always shifts. We’ll try groove driven stuff but who knows.”

For more information, visit - Burlington POST

"PREMIERE: The Bandicoots — "Rocky Horror""

Ontario-based quartet The Bandicoots have been readying their third release for some time now. Ahead of that June date, the band have shared a new video for "Rocky Horror." The clip sees them meandering through a studio set and showing off some spiffy moves as well.

"The video for Rocky Horror was conceived and shot within 24 hours," the band says. "We brainstormed some ideas the night before, and basically left with:'Well, we have to have a dance scene somewhere, and Justin will sing into the camera.' Our only rule was that we had to keep a straight face throughout the entire video, or we would redo it. We had to redo it quite a few times."

Check it out above.

The Bandicoots' latest release is out in June. - PureVolume


Quarters At The Penny Arcade
-Overnight Innovator
-Frank & Stein
-Could You Get Me To Tomorrow?
-Stuck At The Carnival

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things
-Just After Dark
-No Turn on Red
-Mind Your Manors
-A Fit of Lovesick Despair



The Bandicoots are an Indie Rock band from Hamilton, Ontario. The band was formed in 2014 by Nicolai Kozel (Guitar), Andrew Parkinson (Drums and Vocals), Lorant Polya (Bass) and Justin Ross (Guitar and Vocals).

After self-releasing two EPs ('This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things' 2015; 'Quarters at the Penny-Arcade' 2016), the band quickly gained recognition in their hometown, finding themselves playing to sold out crowds.

‘Overnight Innovator’ and ‘Could You Get Me To Tomorrow?’--the singles from their sophomore release--climbed CBC’s Radio 3 Top 30 chart for up to 7 weeks at a time. The former making their year end list, and the latter raking in just shy of 250k plays on Spotify since it’s release.

As the band gears up for their third release (due late June ’17), they continue to appear live in cities across Ontario and Quebec.

Band Members