Sleepover Show #46: Banditas
It almost felt like we were members of a secret society when on a chilly night we were beckoned inside 40 South St by Hayley Thompson-King. That night, the Jamaica Plain vintage clothing store became a playground for Banditas featuring Thompson-King [who also works at the store. Don’t worry. We did not break in.] Molly Maltezos. Drummer Alec Tisdale was sadly absent, but the women of Banditas persevered, trying on silly clothing and finding the perfect backdrop for their songs.
Donning a hat and plaid shirt respectively Maltezos and Thompson-King tucked themselves into a clothing-racked corner. HTK’s southpaw guitar jutting out at us, just as her voice soon would be.
First up was Harmony Glass. Frequent visitors of Sleepover Shows have no doubt seen the performance of in our South by Southwest preview, but the song is so catchy and ominous it is certainly worth reposting.
Next was When He Comes Home Late At Night, another moody, brooding ballad. Hayley Thompson-King’s spoken-word bridge in the song is eerily reminiscent of an old timey country torch song, particularly with Maltezo’s swooning vocals behind it.
Last is a song so new that it did not have a name. For this fresh cut, Hayley and Molly changed costumes and found themselves in front of the fitting rooms at 40 South. The new track, which we’ve just gotten word is called Dope Sick, is the type of song for which the guitar slide was invented. It fit perfectly with the rest of Banditas’ music, like it was plucked from the same tree. Songs of love, scorn, loss and pain with a delightful southern twang.
They certainly won over our hearts, and we’re sure they will win over yours as well.