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Seal Beach, California, United States (1995 – present)

Rx Bandits is a four-member band based in Seal Beach, California, United States. Their musical style is an eclectic mix of , , , and deemed groove tech by the band.

The band started out in 1995, amid other popular southern California ska-influenced acts such as Reel Big Fish and No Doubt. Of the original line-up, only singer/songwriter Matt Embree and drummer Chris Tsagakis remain. Their first two releases were recorded with bassist James Salomone and trombonist Rich Balling. Upon signing to Drive-Thru Records, the band released the album Halfway Between Here and There, a straightforward third-wave ska effort, though lyrics in songs such as “Gun In Your Hand” hinted towards the political leanings which would be evident in their subsequent releases.

They are notable for their strong political views, which they share with fans through periodic website posts.

Their live shows are known for being highly energetic, with improvisational jams in between songs. They perform extended versions of many numbers; they fall somewhat short of being a full fledged “jam band,” however it is fair to say that they exhibit musicianship live that is not captured by their recordings.

With 2001’s Progress, the band took a huge step forward musically.

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