Years before Streetlight Manifesto came into existence, way back in the year 2000, a (not so) small group of college students gathered in a dark basement in suburban NJ to record original music. A total of 16 musicians contributed to a 4 song EP, which was then released under the name BANDITS OF THE ACOUSTIC REVOLUTION (BOTAR, if you’re into the whole brevity bit). The group was made up of strictly acoustic instruments; acoustic guitars, an upright bass, violins, cellos, trumpets, saxes and more, but the music was decidedly fast tempo and energetic, something of a contrast to the majority of the music traditionally played by said instruments. Because of limited resources and time, future plans for the project had to be put on ice for the next decade and a half or so. In its stead and from its bones, Streetlight Manifesto came screaming into this world and has been touring and releasing music since. After making a triumphant return for 3 sold out shows in 2018, BOTAR is back and ready to pick up where it left off.