Says EXCLAIM! magazine:
"Charlottetown, PEI's Racoon Bandit made their debut back in 2011 with Into the Hills, and now the indie-folk four-piece are ready to return with a sophomore record. Titled 'Close Your Eyes,' the album is due out on August 21.
While their inaugural offering heard the band experimenting with folk, country and rock, the last few years have allowed them some time to experiment. The new material is a blend of "sprawling folk-rock, psych-tinged indie, and adventurous songwriting."
Like fellow Maritime-based musical heroes Sloan and Thrush Hermit, Racoon Bandit trade off songwriting duties between all four members — Fraser McCallum, Roger Carter, and brothers Scott and Adam Gallant — without ever letting the album lose its sense of cohesion and warmth.
The record was produced by Paper Lions' Colin Buchanan and features special guest appearances from Kinley Dowling (Hey Rosetta!), Allison Kelly (Sirens) and Jill McRae (the Misled Uke)."
Praise for Racoon Bandit:
(On first 'Close Your Eyes' single, You Got Into It -- "Propelled by upbeat folk rock elements and charming pop rock flare, the new single foreshadows an exciting and noteworthy indie rock album, once again from the underrated East Coast music scene. Groovy riffs, warm-hearted vocals, and toe-tapping rhythms make for an authentic and genuinely fun track." - Dusty Organ
“Into the Hills is an incredible effort, one of those debut albums that obviously comes from a band interested in a long professional career.” – Toro Magazine.
“Sprawling East Coast indie rock.” – Beatroute
“Soaring harmonies mixed with a blend of folk and rock that find an irresistible happy medium between the two…a band with a killer amount of potential.” – Musicnerd.ca
"HAT is pure hit." - Grant Lawrence, CBC R3
“Racoon Bandit show a knack for warm folk-rock arrangements that hide an anthemic bite; something that goes smoothly next to daydreamed campfires and docks at sunset…The lyrics, mood and scope of this band hugs at the very nature of being Canadian.” – Skeleton Crew Quarterly.
Fraser McCallum Voice and Guitar
Adam Gallant Electricity Guitars
Brother Scott Bass-end Guitars
Roger Carter Drums and Keys
Chad Van Gaelen
Cuff the Duke
Boxer the Horse