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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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  • isaacashe

    Where have I been all their life? Just discovered RX Bandits, can anyone shout me some of their best early stuff?

    25 May 9:25pm Reply
  • Seraphin84

    good funk

    31 Mar 6:24am Reply
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  • ValeriaSixx

    Meow! Meow! Space Tiger <3

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Fpanhoca

    skapunk is not ska, for fucks sake

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • DrZombo

    Yes, one album out of seven was ska. And that's before they changed the band name. You can argue the rest of albums have some ska influences (I'd say they stop at about the third album), but they're NOT ska.

    18 Sep 2014 Reply
  • knight_88

    @FuzzyxPickles Their early stuff is ska.

    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • newdat

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

    14 Aug 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • FuzzyxPickles

    ska? lol

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • anIadrift

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

    31 Jul 2014 Reply
  • comastar

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

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • indy02

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

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Epsilon_X2008

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

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • bobo9390

    Great new album

    24 Jul 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • KPMagicMan3

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

    22 Jul 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
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