Embree shared songwriting duties with Steve Choi, whereas Embree had previously been responsible for all of the band's material. The Resignation became the first album to debut the Billboard It was charted No. Musically, the album continued to branch out beyond Progress into new musical territory, including experimentation with unconventional time signatures. The Resignation featured overtly political lyrics as the band evolved even further from their ska-punk days as the Pharmaceutical Bandits, a subject that drummer Chris Tsagakis commented on in an interview conducted by former member Rich Balling for Skratch Magazine:.
In , the band released a DVD of live performances that were filmed during their many live shows.
It contains two Easter Eggs: a performance of the song "Up to No Good," the only song recorded during the sessions for The Resignation that was not included on the album as well as studio footage of the band working on the album. During the DVD's slide show, the background music is performed by Apotheke, a side project run by several members of the band.
And the Battle Begun was initially released online on June 24, and was made available for purchase during the band's US Tour. The album's title refers to the poetry of Lord Byron , in which the phrase appears repeatedly. The album was originally slated to be released in through Drive-Thru Records with one album left on their contract , but for unspecified reasons, the band and label chose to part ways, causing lengthy delays in the release date.
Finally free of any legal setbacks, the CD was made available via online order from MDB Records and on specified tour dates. Officially it debuted in retail stores in October , after which the band performed a Northeastern CD release tour to promote the album. On June 28, , the band announced via their MySpace page that saxophone player and backup vocalist Steve Borth had left the Rx Bandits to pursue his own band, Satori.
This announcement came in the midst of their US Summer Tour to the surprise of many fans. In conjunction with Refused TV, the Bandits recorded a music video for the title track off It is only their second music video since the making of a video for "Analog Boy" in , and their first independently produced video for the song "I Will Live" on the Those Damn Bandits album. The "I Will Live" video was never officially released, although some bootleg copies still exist.
Live from Bonnaroo is currently only available for download from the U. During the summer of the band did a headlining tour with support from Portugal. Cathy Pellow of Sargent House announced via the Rx Bandits fan site plans for a live DVD featuring their live performance at the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA on August 22, as well as interviews and footage from the writing and recording for the next album. That writing and rehearsing process saw the departure of Chris Sheets, leaving the band a four-piece and without horns for the first time in its history. Mandala was released as a digital download on July 14, and the CD was released on July 21, on Sargent House.
This album peaked No. On January 4, the band announced some U. And The Battle Begun , and Mandala on each respective night an album per show. They recruited some close friends to play horns for these shows. The full album shows from The Troubador were recorded live and the audio was released by the band via flashdrive. On April 12, , the band announced that their forthcoming summer U.
Fans first believed the announcement to mean that the band were breaking up when, in fact, they are simply stopping their summer tours. Steve Choi has confirmed this in a Playmaker interview: . On May 30, , Rx Bandits announced that they would be performing a series of dates in Brazil during the summer, effectively ending their year-long hiatus.
Rx Bandits toured the United States during the summer of to mark the tenth anniversary of the release of The Resignation. During their special acoustic performance in their hometown of Long Beach, California on December 14, , Embree stated that a new album is halfway written and Rx Bandits will be together again. The new album is being released through PledgeMusic . The band released a demo recording on January 26, through PledgeMusic. The official cut of the track has since been released, and is called "Stargazer", the first track recorded for the new album.
On June 6, , the band announced via Twitter that their new album will be called Gemini, Her Majesty , and it was released on July 22, The first night was dedicated to playing through Gemini, Her Majesty in its entirety, followed by a six-song encore set with horn players. The second night was a fan-made setlist featuring the horn section again, including many older fan favorites from The Resignation.
In , the band toured with Circa Survive for their "Juturna" year anniversary tour. Drummer Chris Tsagakis was unable to tour during this time, and his role was filled by Javier Torres. The band played as a four piece on this tour, and no horn players were present. Long-time bassist Joe Troy was absent from the tour.
Chris Tsagakis stated that he was no longer touring with the band to focus on being a father. Andrew Bornstein also played trombone on this tour, as well as Dennis Passley on saxophone. Since this tour, the band has remained inactive and there seem to be no future plans to tour. Since then, Matt Embree has filled in on tours for numerous bands, and is currently touring with the band Dispatch.enter site
The group was founded by former Rx Bandits trombonist Rich Balling. Choi is also a member of the band Machines , in which he plays the drums. The album consists solely of Matt on the acoustic guitar with the exception of 3 tracks where Chris Tsagakis assists on drums. This album was presold at the Rx Bandits' concurrent tour. He also released an EP of covers entitled "Maracay" during the last Rx tour. The album was recorded during a trip to Venezuela and all proceeds went to Doctors Without Borders.
Embree and Tsagakis have also played guitar and drums, respectively, with Lauren Coleman in her project, Pebaluna. The three met when she was recording in the Elizabethan in late Matt Embree can also be heard on other projects such as those of the hip-hop group Seekret Socyetee, 2 Drunk'n Poets, and V. Tsagakis is recording and performing solo material under the name C-Gak. He also released an album under the moniker of Technology.
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