The band reveal the hotly-tipped 'Take It And Run' came about after a campfire singalong at Glastonbury...

The Bandits

have announced that their next single will be the highly-tipped ‘TAKE IT AND RUN’.

The song, previously described in NME as “a thing of such genuine might and pop majesty that the Queen should bestow it a coat of arms” will be backed by a cover of the MC5’s ‘Looking At You’.


Speaking exclusively to NME.COM about the new single singer John Bandit revealed how ‘Take It And Run’ was first born during a summer strumalong at Glastonbury 2000. “Me, Scott (bassist), (guitarist) Gary and a group of friends were all sat round the camp fire, and when Gary sings, he just gets a tear in his eye, but it’s some medical condition he’s got. People were sitting there saying, ‘Christ he’s crying, this is really special’, but he couldn’t help it.”


have even fallen in love with the “summery, countryish, psychedelic song” after the two bands toured together last year. “They are well into it, Andy Bell said the song has guitar parts sent from heaven, it’s his favourite song.”

The Scouse six-piece are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to their debut album, provisionally titled ‘And They Walked Away’, which is due to be released in late July and set to be a regular fixture at this summer’s festivals.

“We are talking about playing Reading and Leeds festivals, and we want to get Glastonbury, we are looking at going over to Japan to play at the Fuji Rock Festival, that would be amazing,” he added.

‘Take It And Run’ is released on June 9.