The first time I heard a Little Bandit song, it was being ripped to shreds by Birdcloud — the parodic country caterwaulers behind family-friendly jams like “Fuck You Cop” and “Warshin’ My Big Ol’ Pussy” — at a benefit show/birthday party. You could not imagine my surprise when I discovered that “Diamonds” was actually kinda beautiful when it wasn’t being purposely torn asunder. Alex Caress and his band play powerfully sad songs in the spirit of Townes Van Zandt and Gram Parsons. They’re raw, affecting country tunes that will make you weep openly in your whiskey — assuming you’re already feeling emotionally fragile, I guess. At long last, Little Bandit releases their debut EP, with support from the aforementioned caterwaulers Birdcloud.