The Milk Crate Bandits started with Jack Ray busking on the streets of Sydney and Vancouver and stealing milk crates to sit on.
The Milk Crate Bandits make music to make you dance, smile and party. The band’s music is born on the streets. Walking down the streets of Vancouver you’ll see them on their stolen plastic thrones and playing the sounds of New Orleans. Some may say they’re crooks, but the petty theft of a milk crate from a back alley is surely absolved by the love they share if you come and listen. The joy of the music will make you jump, holler and shout!
They have released two EPs, The Neighbourhood and The View From Out Here, both of which were recorded in New Orleans with Preservation Hall trumpet player Kevin Louis. After successful tours of BC featuring Brad Shigeta, The Neighbourhood hit #1 on the CBFX jazz charts. The Milk Crate Bandits present a high-energy performance of New Orleans jazz as well as intimate acoustic moments. Vintage Swing Review says that “The Neighbourhood is an incredible integration of New Orleans authentic jazz, scenic Vancouver lyrical illustrations and original composing that results in a stunning collection of new music.”