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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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  • newdat

    new lp rocks... kinda reminds me of how much i missed the 90s

    14 Aug 7:53pm Reply
  • CPwn

    Are there any bands similar to these guys? Ska influenced rock that isnt so upbeat all the time? I guess more progressive than punk...

    5 Aug 12:18am Reply
  • FuzzyxPickles

    ska? lol

    2 Aug 9:31pm Reply
  • anIadrift

    G,HM has heavy Fugazi vibes. Ruby Columbus especially has parts that could have come straight from The Argument.

    31 Jul 5:59pm Reply
  • comastar

    it's ridiculous how hooked I am on Gemini. Awesome record!

    25 Jul 4:57pm Reply
  • indy02

    New album is a fantastic comeback (post-hiatus comeback, not post-bad-album because Mandala was also great)

    25 Jul 4:12pm Reply
  • Epsilon_X2008

    meow! meow! space tiger is the best song name ever.

    25 Jul 4:41am Reply
  • bobo9390

    Great new album

    24 Jul 4:51am Reply
  • Wolf_Cola

    Yeah, I love it when bands go all out in the studio. That will be the work that will be around when you're long gone. Follow through with your vision. Stargazer and Wide Open sound even better live, so don't worry about the songs disappointing live. Also, I disagree that Matt sounds tired on the new album. Space Tiger is one of the most convincing deliveries I've ever heard from him. These guys are more mature than they were when they wrote The Resignation, and they understand you don't have to be overly sensational with the lyrics, or bombastic with the sound. You just have to play with vision & passion, and the message will be loud and clear at any volume.

    23 Jul 10:04pm Reply
  • Omnibushido

    I loved the "live-esque" goal of the past few albums, but by the time Mandala came out it was starting to wear thin. I'm so glad they produced this shit outta this one, it sounds amazing.

    23 Jul 6:15pm Reply
  • KPMagicMan3

    Which makes me even more excited to see parts of this new album live!

    22 Jul 8:46pm Reply
  • KPMagicMan3

    @misturgrieves... I don't think so. The thing you might be hearing is that they said they didn't have the live show in mind at all when writing, recording, and producing this album. The previous albums they always wanted to sound "live and roomy."

    22 Jul 8:45pm Reply
  • misturgrieves

    On another note, am i the only one that thinks that Matt's vocals are too restrained and totally lack the passion he has always had? They sound too overproduced.

    22 Jul 8:29pm Reply
  • misturgrieves

    I have to say, the new one is gonna be a grower. After a 'hiatus' of a few years i'm not surprised that the new one is different once again. That said, the straightforward feel and 'hook-oriented'ness of this one is odd. Glad to see they're still creating though

    22 Jul 8:27pm Reply
  • R-Mac

    New album feel very hook-oriented.. was hoping an up-the-progz approach but I'm still happy with what we've been given! Make sure you buy this one folks.

    22 Jul 2:23pm Reply
  • JaoTheFisherman

    I knew I could count on you guys. Gemini, Her Majesty is a genuine masterpiece and I'm in love with it.

    22 Jul 3:17am Reply
  • KPMagicMan3

    You guys can do no wrong... new album is different but totally kicks ass.

    21 Jul 6:14pm Reply
  • knight_88

    I'm loving the new album. These guys never disappoint!

    20 Jul 9:44pm Reply
  • tiagosec

    New album is a pure awesomeness! [2]

    20 Jul 3:55pm Reply
  • SynthetikBreed

    Great album, prefer the last three over this one but I love Will You Be Tomorrow and Fire To The Ocean.

    20 Jul 3:26pm Reply
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