Jess and The Bandits, a band made up of four Brits and one Texan, have released a new single, ‘World Still Round’, from their 2017 album Smoke and Mirrors. They’ll hope to follow in the footsteps of their last single, ‘White Lies’ which was added to Spotify’s ‘Very Nearly Nashville’ playlist, alongside artists like The Shires, Catherine McGrath and Morgan Evans – a huge feat for any UK/part UK country act.
I first heard ‘World Still Round’ by Logan Brill following her appearance at last year’s Country Music Week and loved it, I’m glad to see it getting more attention from a UK perspective. Jessica Clemmons, the singer-songwriter who leads the bandits described how the song is one of her favourites from the album:
“as soon as we heard it we knew we had to record it”.
And I’m glad they did! Check out the five piece performing ‘World Still Round’ at The Warehouse as part of Bob Harris’ Under The Apple Tree event.
Though not as powerful vocally as Logan Brill, Jess’s voice lends perfectly to the song. The song is catchy and honest, typical country storytelling of looking for love. Jess and The Bandit’s offer a quieter take on the single, with a heavier focus on the emotion than the attitude. Their rendition is different to Brill’s, but is every bit as good. You can catch the band on the road this summer, including a date at The Long Road Festival in September. You should also take a listen to their album Smoke and Mirrors, if you haven’t already.