Barefoot Bandit is an upcoming reggae and dub band from Devon. They have quickly established a strong live reputation, including festival appearances at Glastonbury and at Plymouth’s Volksfest. They have played alongside the likes of Professor Green and the Backbeat Sound System and have just released this, their debut EP entitled ‘Call Me a Liar’. The title track is strong melodically, the instrumental sound of the rock band format is simple but powerful, and it rocks along happily enough to its conclusion. Much the same could be said of ‘Polly’, tuneful and unadorned by any superfluous studio gimmickry. ‘Slug Dub’ is a straightforward dub sound based around a simple guitar riff, while ‘World’ opens with a drum and bass sound reminiscent of the Beat and evolves into a dubbish workout. ‘Blue Light Flashing’ features a sparse deliberate reggae rhythm and a nice wah wah guitar. All in all this is a great debut and should ensure that the Barefoot Bandit move on from respected live act to successful recording band.
Barefoot Bandit: ‘Call Me a Liar’ EP, Dubterranean Records, release 2nd October 2015