Thursday, July 16, 2009

RX Bandits hits #1 top seller on Amazon, tour dates continue selling out in advance of highly anticipated new album

July 17, 2009

"If there’s a single idea that’s existed within the Bandits’ ranks since those early days, it’s evolution. If there’s a second, it’s a ferocity that follows the ensemble from its searing live show into the studio." -- Decider / The Onion

"This is not a band to be digested light-heartedly. This is a band with an undefinable genre, and a force of prog rock chemistry to be reckoned with. You cant help but but drink something stronger, and shout out in between songs. Most importantly, you cant help but pay attention." -- Dallas Observer

"Mandala is an expression of all the best things from the Mars Volta mixed with the ability to get to the point a little quicker and with a little more style. It’s simply infectious." --- Georgetown Voice

In the midst of a massive US tour that's seeing most shows sell out weeks in advance, Southern California's multifaceted prog-psych-punk quartet RX Bandits have reached another milestone: #1 Top Selling MP3 Album on

The long-running band's highly anticipated fifth disc, Mandala won't hit shelves until July 21, 2009. But, thanks to Amazon's special pre-sale the week prior to its official release, RX Bandits fans quickly launched the album to the top of the chart -- out-selling huge artists like the Dead Weather, Daughtry and some guy named Michael Jackson. Check out the MP3 for the single, "My Lonesome Only Friend" HERE.

Meanwhile, RX Bandits shows continue to sell out on their current U.S. tour, including NYC's Bowery Ballroom two weeks in advance (Irving Plaza is nearly sold out too), House of Blues in Anaheim, et al. Upcoming dates across the east coast are expected to sell out soon. RX Bandits joins co-headliners Dredg for the national tour, with alternating openers Good Old War, Zechs Marquise and As Tall As Lions.

Fans shopping for physical copies of Mandala will have special incentive to purchase at indie record stores -- the disc will be available as a 2-for-the-price-of-1 deal, paired with RX Bandits' previous album ...And The Battle Begun. The vinyl edition will be released September 5th to coincide with a special Record Store Day event.

Mandala: few titles are as perfectly befitting an album for a band reaching the culmination of a decade-long musical transformation. With this recording, RX Bandits have truly struck the essence of their merging of genres into a complete and masterfully detailed mosaic.

The metamorphic rock group's latest disc showcases a more rock-oriented quartet, while deftly sweeping in elements of Latin, prog-rock, punk, rock to dub and blues. The much anticipated follow-up to 2006’s ...And The Battle Begun jettisons ahead of where the last left off, scaling back the use of horns and adding more focus on balance and powerful dynamics. Songs like album opener "My Lonesome Only Friend" easily shift from entrancing chimes to full-on syncopated rock fury (replete with a molten John MacLaughlin-meets-Kirk Hammett guitar solo.) Elsewhere, blustery blasts of metallic guitars give way to swirling, proggy synths on "Hearts That Hanker For Mistake." Electric piano leads the blues-dub "March of the Caterpillar" while "Breakfast Cat" boasts the tightest rhythm guitar strumming and grooving drums this side of The Meters.

In an age where taking risks and being fearless can make or break you, RX have emerged as a tidal wave, a force that shatters all the boundaries set against them. Throughout their decade long career, the group has reinvented and revolutionized their identity while retaining their socially conscious lyrics and eruptive instrumentation. This concept has been the catalyst for the band’s ever-growing fanbase, which revels in their uniqueness and continue to storm their celebrated, incendiary live shows. RX Bandits' performance on the main stage at Bonnaroo in 2007 proved the band's majesty to a new audience, while myriad tours with the likes of Portugal The Man, Tera Melos, Fall of Troy, et al, have built the quartet's considerable fan base over the years.

Tracking for Mandala took place at The Mouse House Studio in Northern Pasadena in March of 2009, and marked the return of producer Chris Fudurich to the fold.The album features dramatically hypnotic artwork by Sonny Kay.

RX Bandits first emerged in 1999, forming in Orange County, CA. The young band, fresh out of high school had already been signed to a woefully disastrous recording contract under a different name in a previous incarnation. As the band's music rapidly matured, its label didn't -- leading to many years' strife and struggle to stick to their guns and release the music they wanted. Three albums (Halfway Between Here and There, Progress and The Resignation... the seething sentiments in the titles are quite telling) and nearly 7 years later, the band was freed of its bondage to self-release ...And The Battle Begun on its own MDB Records imprint with Sargent House in 2006. Live From Bonnaroo, a digital iTunes exclusive release followed in December 2007. On July 14th, 2009, Mandala hits shelves via Sargent House.

The mandala is peaking. It's all come full circle as we enter into a completely new realm and Mandala is the soundtrack.

RX Bandits on tour:

July 17 Houston, TX @ Meridian #

July 18 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues #

July 20 Orlando, FL @ Club Firestone #

July 22 Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room #

July 23 Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live #

July 24 St Petersburgh, FL @ Jannus Landing #

July 25 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade #

July 26 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle #

July 28 Towson, MD @ Recher Theater #

July 29 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts #

July 30 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

July 31 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom #

Aug 01 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

Aug 02 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques

Aug 04 Toronto, ON @ Opera House

Aug 05 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

Aug 06 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

Aug 07 Sauqet, IL @ Pop's

Aug 08 Des Moines, IA @ People's Court

Aug 09 Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4

Aug 11 Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater

Aug 12 Murray, UT @ Murray Theater

Aug 14 Seattle, WA @ Neumo's

Aug 15 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

Aug 17 Sacramento, CA @ Empire Events Center

Aug 26 San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore

Aug 29 Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones

Aug 30 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater

Aug 31 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater

Hi-res cover art, photos and bio:

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RX Bandits are available for interviews.

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