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“If I could be in any other band, it would be BMX Bandits”, Kurt Cobain. “Britain’s ultimate cult group”, The Guardian.
“Gentle genius”, Q magazine.
BMX Bandits were formed in the ex- industrial town of Bellshill by songwriter and lead vocalist Duglas T Stewart out of the ashes of The Pretty Flowers, a group that featured Stewart alongside Frances McKee (The Vaselines), Sean Dickson (The Soup Dragons) and Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub).
BMX Bandits' songs mix melodic qualities and humour with, at times, raw and heartbreaking pathos. Duglas describes their songs as being his world put to music.
Starting with the exuberant 'E102' in 1986 BMX Bandits released a series of singles on Stephen Pastel’s 53rd & 3rd label, where they were label mates with The Vaselines and Beat Happening. Later they joined Creation Records, home of Teenage Fanclub, My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream and many others. The group's first Creation release was their most celebrated song, the autobiographical Serious Drugs. Oasis did their first UK tour dates supporting the Bandits as a favour to Creation label boss Alan McGee.
A highly acclaimed feature-length documentary called Serious Drugs - Duglas and the Music of BMX Bandits was premiered in Glasgow in 2011, followed by a series of international festival screenings and an international DVD release. The film featured in Sight & Sound's DVDs of the year list. The band released the album BMX Bandits In Space in 2012 on Elefant Records. In Space was hailed as “a stunning, brilliant and beautiful album”.
The group’s most recent album BMX Bandits Forever was released on 19th of May 2017 on Elefant Records. BMX Bandits Forever is BMX Bandits darkest album so far but ultimately it's still an album full of love and hope. AllMusic.com said “It's one of the best records of their long run, and if Stewart and company keep making them this good, this real and this emotionally fulfilling, one can only hope they keep doing it forever.”
The album features the band's newest member, multi-instrumentalist and singer Chloe Philip. Chloe brings an extra exuberance to BMX Bandits live shows and is the perfect partner in crime for chief Bandito Duglas and also his muse. Duglas' main collaborator on Forever is Stuart Kidd who first joined the band in 2002. Forever also features a brand new collaboration between Duglas and Brian Jonestown Massacre leader Anton Newcombe.
The line-up of the group continues to be ever changing, but the heart and soul of the group remains the same, an extended musical family led by the inimitable Duglas.