Circa Survice & RX Bandits
Circa Survice & RX Bandits
CIRCA SURVIVE & RX BANDITS + guests FROM INDIAN LAKES
Philadelphia’s Circa Survive were formed by former Saosin vocalist Anthony Green with guitarist Colin Frangicetto — both of them veterans of the local emo and hardcore scenes looking to indulge in the rule-breaking freedom of the neo-progressive movement of the mid-2000s. After Green and Frangicetto discovered like-minded bandmates in second guitarist Brendan Ekstrom, bassist Nick Beard, and drummer Steve Clifford, Circa Survive recorded their debut album, Juturna (named after a Roman goddess), for Equal Vision Records in 2005. Lots of touring followed, including Warped Tour dates, and the album steadily sold close to an impressive 100,000 copies. A spot on the 2007 Coachella festival led into the late May release of Circa Survive’s follow-up, On Letting Go. The band eventually left Equal Vision and signed to Atlantic, and in 2010 released its third album, Blue Sky Noise, which eschewed many of the hardcore elements of records past in favor of a more melodic, indie rock approach. The band’s fourth long-player, the independently released Violent Waves, arrived in 2012 and debuted at the number 15 slot on the Billboard Top 200. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
June 17, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA) — Orange County, CA-based metamorphic rock group RX BANDITS have announced a July 22nd release date for their seventh and much-anticipated new studio album, GEMINI, HER MAJESTY (Mash Down Babylon/INgrooves).
Produced by Jason Cupp (Maps & Atlases, Birthmark) and recorded at Prairie Sun Recording Studios in Sonoma County, CA, GEMINI, HER MAJESTY is the follow-up to 2009′s critically acclaimed release, Mandala.
“In the past, our aim was to bridge the gap between our recorded music and our live performance,” says vocalist/guitarist Matt Embree. “But this time around we really didn’t ever consider that. We almost willingly ignored it. It was really nice to make a record that we didn’t apply live performance constraints to. That said, now we’re going to have the hefty task of figuring out how we want to arrange and play these new songs live. We love the challenge.”
Over the course of the past 19 years (yes, 2015 will be their 20-year anniversary), RX Bandits have managed to stay light years ahead of the pack by taking a genre-blurring approach to songwriting. Their adventurous style of play gives them a unique sense of flexibility, one that allows them to seamlessly fit anywhere and everywhere, from the main stage at Bonnaroo and Coachella to Bamboozle and Reading. Their songs have been featured in video games (Guitar Hero, Rock Band), used as the backdrop for ESPN’s X Games and continues to be religion for their legion of diehard fans around the world.
On July 11th, the band (Embree, guitar/keyboardist Steve Choi, bassist Joseph Troy and drummer Chris Tsagakis) will kick off their headlining tour of North America with a show at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL. The tour, which includes co-headliner The Dear Hunter, will see RX Bandits playing a mix of new material and classic tracks.