Girl talk: The Bandana Splits are one charming throwback

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For one night, Farmacy will be even more retro than it already is.

On Aug. 16, the Carroll Gardens spot hosts the CD release for the newly formed girl group The Bandana Splits.

That’s no typo — this charming female act, comprised of singers in and around the neighborhood, owes its name to a love of both banana splits and bandanas, two things that would make a girl feel right at home in a soda fountain in the 1950s, along with a high pony tail and some saddle shoes, of course.

The throwback trio — comprised of Dawn Landes, Lauren Balthrop and Annie Nero — also take some cues from girl groups of the time, including The Ronettes, in their spot-on harmonies and dreamy sound.

“There was something magical in our voices,” said Landes. “We would get together and laugh and sing and the songs just naturally started to flow from us hanging out.”

The result of those hang-out sessions is “Mr. Sam Presents The Bandana Split,” the Bandana Splits debut CD (the Sam in question is producer Sam Cohen, of the band Apollo Sunshine). The lead single, “Sometimes,” was also shot in Farmacy.

During the group’s live listening party at the Carroll Gardens soda fountain, a banana split will most certainly be mandatory.

The Bandana Splits at Farmacy [513 Henry St. at Sackett Street in Cobble Hill, (718) 522-6260], Aug. 16 at 8 pm. Free. For info, visit

Updated 11:54 am, August 9, 2011
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