RX Bandits Prescribe Killer Feels For Music Tastes Good REVIEW+PHOTOS: RX Bandits @ Music Tastes Good 9/23/16
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RECAP: Music Tastes Good did well to get RX Bandits to play their festival. Southern California has always been the epicenter of the ska-punk scene with bands like No Doubt, Fishbone and Sublime reaching notable heights. RX Bandits have been playing their genre-bending ska-punk since 1995, and took a musically adventurous step with their last album released in 2014, “Gemini, Her Majesty”, expanding their sonics through their lead singer and guitarist’s Matt Embree’s boundless songwriting.
Though the newer music in their catalog has veered away from their purely ska roots, Embree’s music still incorporates reggae elements and walking bass lines that remind us of where the band’s sonics originated. Though they did perform several older cuts, even getting an assist from a horn section for that authentic ska sound, I would have loved to have skanked to more of their earlier tunes.
That’s not to say that I did not totally enjoy the performance. In fact, I was thoroughly impressed with the veritable wall of sound that Embree and his players lathered the audience with. The psychedelic, prog-rock themes exhibited in their latest album were highlighted by Steve Choi’s synth programming, and with the complimentary stage production (lighting and fog machine elements), the RX Bandits gave us a prescription for killer feels.
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RX Bandits @ Music Tastes Good 9/23/16. pic.twitter.com/2xSFmsTlZl
— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) October 3, 2016