Over the last 3 years, Randle & the Late Night Scandals steadily increased their loyal fanbase & have become one of the must-see bands in the Western New York region. With an aggressively modern sound that blends traditional blues, soul, funk, and rock & roll, this Buffalo, NY-based 5 to 7 piece act refuses to settle into any single genre, preferring a continuous evolution of original music. The Scandals have shared the stage with many national acts including Living Colour, Los Lonely Boys, Gord Downie, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, and members of Rusted Root, proving they can please just about any audience. Randle & the Late Night Scandals has played at such legendary venues as the Town Ballroom, Sportsmens Tavern & the Hard Rock Café. With an immensely talented band consisting of Alto Sax player Kimberly Young-Mason, dueling guitarists, Luke Bennett & Marty Peters, a rhythm section with Rob Schmarder on bass & Todd Maz on drums, lead singer Amanda Markovich, aka Randle, delivers a powerful performance filled with soul, grit and raw emotion unlike any other in the area. Known for their high energy live shows, it's no wonder that the bands Fandals (as their biggest supporters are affectionately known) continue to increase in numbers and keep coming back for more. Now with the recent release of their first full-length LP, Cheap. Boozey. Dangerous., Randle & the Late Night Scandals plan to aggressively continue spreading their infectious sound across the region. With Spring almost here and Summer not far behind, look for the Scandals to be in a town near you soon.
Randle & the Late Night Scandals play Dinosaur BBQ
Whether the band is performing in a funky after-hours setting, a local concert club or a major outdoor summer stage, Randle & the Late Night Scandals seems to have the same effect on first-timers, many of whom find themselves scratching their heads and wondering where this elegantly decadent outfit has been hiding. Through a blend of charisma, sensuality, serious chops and the ability to make soul, funk, R&B and blues commingle in a perfectly seasoned gumbo, the band has been building a buzz one fan at a time over the past several years.
Now, the band has dropped a new long-player in the form of “Cheap, Boozey, Dangerous,” and is backing the release with a slew of regional shows, including one at 10 p.m. Friday in Dinosaur BBQ (301 Franklin St.). Admission is free, and copies of “Cheap, Boozey, Dangerous” will be available.
Jeff Miers - Buffalo News Music Critic
February 12, 2015: “Scandalous”
As I grow older I find much more value in the good music produced locally rather than chasing “stars”. A few years ago at a local establishment they were having a benefit concert with quite a few local bands. I prefer lower key events, this did not have a huge number of people but lights, games and tvs drove me into a sensory overload. I drain extremely fast when attempting to focus on more than one thing. Immediately upon hearing the music on stage I sat in awe of the sound, the voice, the instruments and sat listening totally focused. An excellent memory to have. I have been an advocate from that day forward.
Thursday night I had the opportunity to get scandalized, not sure it’s a word but I like the sound of it. I had the pleasure to listen to live music at the Armor Inn by Randle and the Late Night Scandals. They released their first cd Cheap. Boozey. Dangerous. an awesome blues record, playing through the album and more. As for a review of the show I’m not really good for that. I’ll say this, they have excellent musicians on all of the instruments and watching Marty and Luke play off of each other is a treat. I love how they are extremely versatile with their sound going upbeat and featuring everyone as the focal points at one time or another. I prefer a womans voice in music and Amanda has a sexy alluring voice along with a stage a presence that sucks you in. The whole band has a well developed chemistry working as one from the guitars to Kims great saxophone playing. Rob takes care of business on the bass, as does Namingha and Reggie.
I go to listen to music and take a few photos when I head out for live music. I shot some photos thoughout the night, some good, some bad but was able to work with the rough lighting to capture everyone. I shoot for myself to make something that can be remembered. I am often asked in situations not to take a photo but the reminder of that moment comes in with a big thank you later on. In the case of music that is something I never have to worry about and can freely enjoy myself in creating images. I had some from previous shows I was able to share and was asked to contribute a photo to their album art. Things like that make it all feel worthwhile when I feel like giving up or my effort is taken for granted.
Moral of the story is to create what you want, do what you love and watch your dreams grow with love and support. Music matters, art matters. Go to RATLNS.com for more information and let the music into your soul.
“:greatest opening act EVER EVER EVER in the Canalside or even Thursday at The Square concert series...Randle & The Late Night Scandals." ..as soon as Randle & Co hit the first note, the place was just blown away with the best original high energy R&B I've heard in a long, LONG time. Randle, err, Amanda, their lead vocalist simply rocked...knows how to command a stage, having on one-one presence with the audience without delaying/talking too much in between songs.She reminded me of a wispy-almost-tipsy Marisa Tomei. With a geat voice. .... Also commanding the stage was a female alto sax player, who very simply fronted a band that sounded soooo close to James Brown's Famous Flames. THAT good. ... Kimberly Young-Mason. She made me wanna go home and get my sax out of the basement.” — Rob Lucas, My Star 102.5 "What we are Talking About
"Randle and the Late Night Scandals is a local band whose biggest break so far was when it became national finalist in the 2013 Hard Rock Café “Rising Battle of the Bands.” Amanda Markovich-rabb (a.k.a. Randle Rabbit) is the focus of the group and possesses a good, gritty when needed, voice that rides that narrow line between rock and soul. While the rest of the band has a certain amount of chops, the saxophonist Kimberly Young-Mason has a stage presence that goes along well with her sharp, pungent musicianship." — Garaud MacTaggart, Buffalo News
“Randle and the Late Night Scandals stole everyone’s hearts with their originals on Saturday night. Lead singer Randle Rabbit with her vintage microphone reincarnated Janis Joplin, with some Amy Winehouse thrown in. She really brings it. Kalifornia Kym dressed her sax with a scarf, and I swear on one song she was able to imitate a harp (harmonica), great technique that..... was just incredible.Add a guitar, bass, and percussion and you have great energy here with one of the coolest Buffalo band names in recent memory. Reminds me a lot of Eddie and the Cruisers (aka John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band), with sounds from the Jersey shores and Buffalo summers.”
— Rimas Musteikis, Buffalo Rising
“Artvoice BOOM Artist Interview: Randle and the Late Night Scandals” — Melanie Donofrio, BuffaBlog.Com
“The Scandals say they play dirty blues, but I’ll take it a step further and call it filthy blues. Randle Rabbit has some serious stank in her voice, and the best way to describe their music is infectious; they are headlining this show for a reason.” — Joe Speranza, buffablog.com
“Randle and the Late Night Scandals have been building a substantial buzz over the past year, based on the gritty, eminently funky blend of blues and jam-friendly rock offered by the ensemble, and the soulful, sensual presence of singer Amanda Markovich-rabb.” — Jeff Meirs, Buffalo News
“Sister Sparrow a the Dirty Birds at Town Ballroom- Thursday night at Town Ballroom was an intimate affair that was filled to the brim with eclectic sounds. The night was kicked off by Buffalo's own Randle & The Late Night Scandals. Their fearless and fun performance got the mood right for the headliners hailing from Brooklyn, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. Eight Dirty Birds and one Sister Sparrow filled the stage with more energy and soul than any fan could have hoped for. They were not shy in front of the intimate sized crowd and put on a show to remember.” — Robin David Brown, Buffalo.Com
“Abilene Bar & Lounge | Mar. 10 Randle & The Late Night Scandals brings its “dirty blues” to Abilene in support of a new studio EP, Shame. The group has opened for such acts as Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Ekoostik Hooka, and members of Rusted Root; and is known for an aggressive sound that fuses traditional blues and modern punk rock.” — Free Time Magazine