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Album Review

If Gemini, Her Majesty sounds more like the title of some overlooked '70s prog rock album than the work of a West Coast ska band, it seems that's just what RX Bandits had in mind for their seventh studio project. With their horn section just a memory and the tunes only occasionally suggesting a stark and sinewy variation on reggae (and with no outward ska moves), Gemini, Her Majesty finds RX Bandits cutting ties with many of the rudiments of their third wave ska beginnings, and between the tricky time signatures, the topsy-turvy guitar overdubs, the banks of keyboard textures, and Matt Embree's portentous vocals and verbose lyrics, Gemini, Her Majesty suggests this band has wandered into the verdant fields of progressive rock, and what's more, they like it there. The echo-laden coda of "Will You Be Tomorrow," as the guitars spin and warble through space, even veers into the psychedelic, though most of these tracks are too muscular and firmly controlled to seem properly lysergic. Ultimately, this music sounds like RX Bandits are trying to top the ambitious and weighty approach of ...And the Battle Begun and Mandala, and though song titles like "Penguin Marlin Brando," "Meow! Meow! Space Tiger," and "Ruby Cumulous" give you an idea how well that works from a lyrical perspective, as a band RX Bandits sound tightly focused and the instrumentalists are all on point, especially Embree's expressive guitar work and Steve Choi's abundance of keyboard sounds. For quite some time, it has been obvious that RX Bandits have wanted to be more than just a ska band, and on Gemini, Her Majesty, they appear to have evolved into something else altogether, and though some veteran fans might miss the old sound, there's no denying these guys have the chops to pull off this new and inventive approach.

Customer Reviews

RXB rocking on a new album, thank you!

These guys are great. It's awesome how they keep the music new with out getting away from their sound, just enough "Progress" from album to album. Gemini, Her Majesty is another amazing album. I do miss the horns though.

Listen and Learn

Excellent! This is what a talented and creative band makes. Been listening since their early years and they do not ever disappoint. So many great tracks...hard to rate them. Thank you for another great album RX.

Never cease to amaze!

I prescribe, pun intended, this band, album (old and new) to everyone in the USA. The social commentary that lies within these lyrics always grab my attention and shines light on today's society. Subtle yet precise. The themes within this album, just like their older ones, will reign true for years to come.

The always creative insane guitar harmonies , phrasing, and musicianship also make this band unique. Their creativity never ceases to amaze! Well done!


Formed: 1997 in Seal Beach, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Emerging from Orange County's thriving ska-punk scene, RX Bandits quickly made a name for themselves as a unit willing to take musical risks and lyrical stances, largely thanks to lead singer and guitarist Matt Embree, whose songwriting continued to evolve in a more progressive direction as RX Bandits grew to their eventual complement of six. Formed in 1995 as Pharmaceutical Bandits, the original lineup featured Embree, bassist Franz J. Worth, drummer Chris Tsagakis, Noah Gaffney on sax, and Rich...
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