ALBUM REVIEW: Bandaid Brigade – I’m Separate

Release Date: January 21st 2020
Label: Unsigned


While Bandaid Brigade might technically be a new band, the two members have definitely been around the musical block a few times; frontman Zach Quinn is in PEARS, and bandmate Brian Wahlstrom has been in Scorpios and Gods Of Mount Olympus.

Given their hardcore punk background, you might think that Bandaid Brigade would be following suit in that vein, but you’d be wrong. On their debut album, ‘I’m Separate’, they show just how separate this project is from their other outlets.

‘Everything’ opens the album, with the fading-in blues-standard guitar lick and driving drums sounding like a weird, but still awesome amalgamation of ‘You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire’ by Queens Of The Stone Age, ‘Silver Machine’ by Hawkwind, and ‘Stand And Deliver’ by Adam & The Ants. Once the vocals come in, the song is definitely comparable to a Weezer song.

Lead single, ‘Travel Light’, opens with a busy intro, introducing piano and organ into the mix. It almost sounds like the theme song to a British mid-day medical soap opera, but that is in no way a bad thing. Once the vocals and heavier guitars kick in, it sounds almost like David Bowie guesting on a Chic song. It’s very funky, but keeps a subtle punk vibe behind it.

‘I Think It’s Going To Rain Today’ features a contemplative electric piano and a mournful voice, with some odd sound effects thrown in the background for good measure. For the entirety of its 3-minute runtime, it transports you to somewhere else in the back of your mind for what feels like hours. ‘Break The Grid’ gets the 80s synthpop out, and with a catchy synth line and punky guitars underneath it, this one is gonna get stuck in your head for hours.

While you’d expect Bandaid Brigade to be a punk band, ‘I’m Separate’ shows their aptitude in several other styles of music, with a slight under layer of punk. You’d expect all of these styles to clash, but instead they all fit together like a musical jigsaw.