“I got the pistols, so I’ll keep the pesos, yeah, that seems fair”.
So begins Ryan Hamilton’s ninth single of 2021, but far from considering a pivot to a life of crime in the absence of touring, it’s a track with some history.
Roger Clyne is a longtime hero of mine, and I’m honored to call him a friend. His previous band (The Refreshments) remain one of my all time favorites, and his transition into Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers has been inspirational to watch. To be lucky enough to get to know him, tour with him etc. AND to record Banditos, which was written by Roger, is all pretty damn wonderful. It makes my heart happy.
There’s one helluva guitar solo in this one, I understand from one your U.K. touring band?
It’s true! Ben Marsden is incredible. He goes above and beyond on this face melting barn burner of a solo. Love that dude. Can’t wait to tour
again, and be back on stage with him.
In the video – you’re apparently on the run for your crimes. Where was it filmed? – it’s very cinematic, very Butch & Sundance…
I’ve recently been spending a lot of time in Stephenville, TX. It’s known as the Cowboy Capitol of the World, and its Bosque River Trail
provided the perfect backdrop for the video shoot.
You look quite calm & collected in it, have you ever been on the run for real?…
While I’ve never been on the run, I actually HAVE been arrested and spent some time in jail. A long time ago… in Abilene, TX. While I’m thankful for the life lesson… I never want to go back. Haha.
The song famously proclaims “everybody knows that the world is full of stupid people”…
No comment. Haha.
So are you hiding out in Mexico now?…
Ya know? I love Mexico. When all this insanity is over, we should all go there together and drink tequila.
Cheers to that!
Hamilton has been heralded by Spin magazine as one of the ‘Best Lesser-Known Artists of the Last 35 Years’.
RYAN HAMILTON RELEASES “BANDITOS” 12 SEPTEMBER 2021, VIA WICKED COOL
LINK TO TRACK PRE-ORDER/SAVE HERE: https://orcd.co/1221september