New Elites Endorsee - Matt Brooks of Wille & The Bandits

Thursday, 25 April 2013  |  Dave Good

The latest professional player to start using Bass Centre Elites strings is Matt Brooks, bassist with genre-bustin' roots rockers, Wille & The Bandits. Matt (pictured below left, with lead singer and guitarist Will Edwards and percussionist Andrew Naumann) is a astonishing player and The Bass Centre are very pleased to welcome him to the fold...

Based around Will's whiskey soaked drawl and his amazing slide guitar work, the Bandits incorporate grooves from blues, folk, world music and heavy rock adding tongue drums, djembe, lap steel and double bass to push the boundaries of a traditional three piece set-up and creating a huge sound in the process.

With two albums under their belt ("Breakfree" and "New Breed") and 200 gigs a year (!!) including marathon tours throughout the UK and Europe, festival appearances and support slots with acts as diverse as Joe Bonamassa, Deep Purple, The John Butler Trio, Status Quo & Roots Manuva, Wille & The Bandits have built a solid reputation as a live act.

Matt Brooks' bass work is particularly noteworthy; his playing is both rhythmic and elegantly harmonic, as you can see from his performance on the Bandits' epic instrumental "Angel"...