The Woolly Bandits are an American garage rock band from Los Angeles, CA, fronted by Christa Collins (formerly Christa Larson) on vocals, with her husband Rik Collins on bass/vocals, and Mark Bellgraph on guitar. In 2002, Rick Collins and Mark Bellgraph formed a band to revive the career of Sky Saxon (of ’60s garage rock legends The Seeds). In 2004, they became, on their own, The Woolly Bandits, and, in 2006, released Say Hello To My Little Friend on Dionysus Records. Meanwhile, in 2005, Christa Collins, a former Disney child star, joined the band as a backup singer, initially, to support Sky Saxon on tour. In 2009, The Woolly Bandits, with Christa Collins on lead vocals, released Woman of Mass Destruction on Citation Records. In 2011, Christa Collins competed on the first season of The X Factor USA. She did not, however, make it to the final 17. The Woolly Bandits are currently working on a new album.
On Woman of Mass Destruction (2009), The Woolly Bandits sound like “garage punk meets Wanda Jackson, Motorhead, The Pretenders, X, B-52s, Leslie Gore, The Jabbers and James Brown,” or so they say. The album opens with two blistering retro garage rockers: “Woman of Mass Destruction” and “Midnight Movie”. Awesome tracks! Then, “Devil’s On My Back” kicks out an organ-heavy groove, before Rik joins Christa on vocals for two X-inspired punkabilly rockers: “Dead Doll Stare” and “Gonna Make It Right”. Rick takes the lead vocal on the garage punker “Heart Attack” and “You’re So Cute” (whose title is at odds with its evil surf-like beat). In The Cramps-esque “I’m a Bug”, Christa whines, repeatedly, “I’m a bug / I can’t get no love,” over an organ buzzing like a fly that, at only a minute and a half, is just long enough. Other cool tracks are “Watch Your Step”, a Spencer Davis Group-esque retro soul groover, and “Gangsters”, a cover of the song by English 2 Tone ska revivalists The Specials (which appeared on their 1979 self-titled debut).
Watch the video for “Woman of Mass Destruction” here:
2006 – Say Hello To My Little Friend (Dionysus Records) [Album]
2009 – Woman of Mass Destruction (Citation Records) [Album]