speaks to ‘The Bandana Collective’

Hello and welcome to the eighth blog aimed at getting to know some of the bands in your local music scene and listening to their new releases.


In this blog we speak to  ‘The Bandana Collective’ whose Facebook page runs with the description:

bandanaGarage-folk band from Sussex – spit & sawdust songs mixing beauty and noise with heartfelt politics


I was keen to find out a bit more about’The Bandana Collective’ so I asked them a few music and not so music related questions

Describe your music in 3 words?

Political garage folk

Favourite local band?

God, that’s a toughy… how do you name just one?! We’d probably all have different answers, but me (Jon), at this time, I’d say The Indelicates or Pog

Favourite local venue?

The Greys

Analogue or digital?


Your take on the live music scene in this country?

It can be really exciting: some places are really lucky, and there are loads of opportunities for people to try things out and have a go at any sort of performance they want. Some places have lots of untapped potential, though, and are limited to just the big commercial options… There’s always a need for spaces (and willingness) to allow people to get together

Cameron or Corbyn?


Your 3 biggest influences and why?

Again, we’d probably all have different answers! Going for an overview of the things we share: 1. Chumbawamba – especially their acoustic stuff; an exemplar of committed-yet-human politics, beautiful songs, and cheeky humour and energy 2. The Clash – in all their flawed glory, they’re a touchstone for ground-level, socially aware rock – and they were so broad-minded in their musical tastes 3. Robb Johnson – seems odd to say, as he’s actually a member of our band! But before he joined, I think it’s fair to say that his literate, passionate observations of life were a big influence on the rest of us

Sell your music to us?

Albums available for anyone who’d like one!

music review


So to the album ‘Defending’

Its an album full of political satire and intelligent lyrics. At the risk of sounding clichéd Billy Bragg would be a good reference point.

There is light and shade on this album from the upbeat ‘DIO’ to the emotive ‘The end of the line’ the album is full of songs relaying to the listener the political landscape of this country. With the country in such turmoil Defending is particularly relevant. There is an uncertainty in the songs that perhaps speaks to most of us in these tumultuous times. ‘The Banks of England’ tells us of corruption and greed and wouldn’t be out-of-place on a Frank Turner album. ‘Marinas’ transports us to one mans observations of change and the old and the new:

“Sitting in a cafe watching boats I’ll never board

watched over by the houses and shops I can’t afford

where all the pubs are gastros shining lights are bright

where a weeks hard wages not enough to buy a pint”

Stories of the rich and the poor, the fortunate and less fortunate and the changing societies we live in

If you’re into Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, The Levellers et al then this is definitely worth a listen. It’s a relatively well produced album with some good musicianship and nice vocals to boot. The Bandana Collective have put together a collection of cleverly crafted songs with intelligent lyrics and heartfelt sentiment so go check it out!

See if you agree, check out the album ‘I Find Myself Here’ following the link below:



Thanks to ‘The Bandana Collective’ for sending me the album for review, I hope you have found this blog review enjoyable? Please feel free to leave comments below, it would be great to give the band & myself some feedback?

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  • Jon Mason

    Thanks a lot Neil, glad you liked the album and very interesting to hear your thoughts on it!

  • Neil Collins

    No problem Jon and thanks for sending me the album for review. Very topical with all the political unrest we’re currently facing. Plenty of inspiration for the next album!?