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REVIEW+ FEATURE: surf rock quartet voodoo bandits + their newest single, "yesterday's jam"


If you're looking for your new favorite summer track, look literally not a single step further. "Yesterday's Jam," the latest single from Isle of Man natives Voodoo Bandits is gooey, poppy surf rock goodness, and it's impossible to ignore the song's main message: let. the fuck. go. The more you concentrate on letting go, however, the harder it is to do, so you have to let go effortlessly, which isn't as easy as you'd think it'd be. Having this song as the soundtrack to your summer days makes it easier. They remind me an awful lot of Circa Waves, and we all know how much I love Circa Waves.


Also, not sure if the title is a reference to what I think it is, but if it is, thank god.


Voodoo Bandits also released a single earlier this year, titled "Empty Swimming Pool," which is just as vibrant and dizzying as "Yesterday's Jam." Their entire mantra seems to be that, in order to lose all of your worries, all you have to do is pop your favorite song on concentrate on that.


The band have been hard at work during quarantine; live music may be on hold, but that doesn't mean music itself has to be. They're participated in a couple of livestreams with publications and websites like the Isle of Man's Gigmann, Sucker's Quarantine Fest, and Chalkpit TV. This past April, they were featured on BBC Introducing Merseyside and have earned praise from independent music blogs across the UK. They're quickly proving themselves to be essential indie rock.


If you'd like - and you should - you can stream Voodoo Bandits on your preferred platform, and you can follow them on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Bandcamp to keep up with any upcoming releases and eventual live shows!

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