Release Date: May 19, 2017
Record label: Elefant
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop
For a band that was only put together as something of a lark in 1985, Duglas T. Stewart's BMX Bandits proved to have surprisingly strong lasting power. They may not release a ton of albums, but when they do, their devoted fans perk right up for another serving of sweetly melodic, straight-from-the-heart indie pop. No matter who Stewart surrounds himself with, the results are always worth seeking out, and 2017's Forever is no exception.
Duglas T Stewart has a fabulous track record of delightfully light, deceptively deep, songs that he's been crafting and releasing over the last 30-odd years, complemented with a keen sense of just the right cover version to complement his songs. BMX Bandits Forever continues that trend in the company of new collaborators - co-vocalist and musician Chloe Philip really shines - and long-time associates such as Stuart Kidd. What this record does in its easy-going manner, like so many of Stewart's records before it, is to take you out on a summer's evening, full of hope and warmth, and bring you home in tears with that bittersweet way that he writes his glorious 50s and 60s-conceived pop tunes.
The title of BMX Bandits Forever, the tenth full-length of the ragtag gang of indie pop favourites led by Duglas T Stewart, seems to work on a number of levels. First, it's a nod to their storied history - sometimes troubled, sometimes triumphant, but never boring. Second, there's the suggestion that it nods to the future, too, especially as long as Stewart can keep balancing the likes of the infectiously melodic It's in Her Eyes and It's Time with languid heartbreak like that evident on No Matter What You Say.