Midnight Bandit is the creative name of Stache Rodgers, which is itself is probably an alias for Portland, Oregon artist SD Elliott. He may also be a composer who goes by Macho Gold, or he may possibly be an Instagram provocateur named Randy Cobra. For the better part of the past two decades, he (or they) has been creating avant-garde, experimental and satirical music via the ‘Dirty Treat Records’ imprint.
Before Midnight Bandit, Rodgers served as one half of a dirty musical comedy duo named ‘Code:Sexy.’ Solo electronic experimental albums by SD Elliott followed. Now, after an extended hiatus, the Dirty Treat team is back with the album “Gang Wolfed: Mozart Remastered.” According to the label’s website the record is the product of a time travelling clone of the legendary 18th century composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who came to our present day from the future to destory his own legacy. It is not clear what may have motivated him to do so.
“First Blood” is the current single from Midnight Bandit’s ‘Gang Wolfed’ album. The instrumental track is built on a analog synth bass line and an old school drum machine beat. The song’s sound has a touch of Devo with its retro synths and quirky melody. If Gary Numan had gotten drunk and recorded an instrumental B-side to his New Wave classic “Cars,” it may have come out something like this. It’s odd, but we’re pretty sure that’s the point.
In the middle of the night when I’m stalking the streets, tossing through garbage cans and panty drawers, looking for somewhere to leave my mark, this is the soundtrack that is pulsing through my head.Stache Rodgers
Watch the entirely bizarre “First Blood” video below. You can also hear the song on the Deep Indie Chill playlist, or listen on your favorite streaming service. Follow the links below to connect with Midnight Bandit and Dirty Treats Records. Get on their socials and join in the lunacy.