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Rx Bandits

Rx Bandits: Halfway Between Here and ThereHalfway Between Here and There (1999)
Drive-Thru Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: JayPorterJay Porter
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Ska/punk is weird. One element comes from the slums of Jamaica, the other from the slums of Britain. One is all about taking it easy, the other about rebellion and angst. However, when you combine third-wave ska with pop-punk, the result can be amazing. The RxBandits have the formula down perfectly..
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Ska/punk is weird. One element comes from the slums of Jamaica, the other from the slums of Britain. One is all about taking it easy, the other about rebellion and angst. However, when you combine third-wave ska with pop-punk, the result can be amazing. The RxBandits have the formula down perfectly.

After hearing this CD at a friend's house, I was amazed by the tightness of the band, the catchiness of the songs, the quality of the recording, and the overall musicality. This is not cheap, throw-away pop-punk that sounds the same as every other band out there. The RxBandits are extremely original and creative. The album is SO fun to listen to because all of the songs are just good! I hear Sublime influences, and then there's some Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake thrown into the mix. The result is a totally original and exciting sound. My only complaint about the CD is that it isn't long enough.

If you have any doubts, just listen to "What If." And if you can, download the whole song. It's the song that got me hooked on them in the beginning. The forbodingly simple bass line is accented by Matt Embree's punchy vocals before the whole thing breaks into a torrent of guitars and horns....jeez it's so good! See for yourself....

 

 
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Word (August 25, 2002)

I can tell a lot of people here smoke lots of crack. This album is a work of art. It is genius. It makes me ejaculate all over the floor.

wOrd.

savesthedaypunk (February 19, 2002)

I hate this album, every song on here reminds me of one of their old songs, or someone elses song. Nice try guys, i'd say close but no cigar, but they wernt even close.

Anonymous (February 18, 2002)

This cd really sucks there are only 3 good stand out songs on here. Their new cd Progress is a it better than this, but even that one kind of blows.

krowdsurf (February 18, 2002)

I'm probably going to get totally shit on for this, but what's wrong with liking ska?! Granted, there was an over abundance of it at a point; and just being a ska band doesn't make you good by any means, but having a ska influence can result in some great material. I love bands like Less Than Jake, The Suicide Machines, Rancid, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and yes, the RX Bandits. Just as it is ignorant to think any band with a ska sound is good, it's equally stupid to write any band off for the same reason. I wish more people would take music on a case by case basis and not make snap judgements based on a blanket hatred of an entire genre. As for this particular album, it's good, with a few moments of greatness, but still a long way off from the godliness I found Progress to be. Some ska is good people. And now, commence with taking a dump on my head.....

Krowdsurf

Anonymous (February 17, 2002)

pretty damn good except their newer cd "progress" is a little more origonal and more enjoyable to listen to.

Anonymous (February 15, 2002)

no ,they are not good, this cd reeks of crap. I can't believe people like this crap.

Anonymous (February 14, 2002)

Rx Bandits are good.

Anonymous (February 13, 2002)

that's a good point. why don't most reviews seem to include details on this band is different or a standout compared to other bands?

Anonymous (February 13, 2002)

can anyone explain how so many albums get a 9 or 10 on this site that are formulaic and at best standard fare? I would think bands should be able to come up with stuff that isn't a stale retread of stuff that came before. guess not.

Anonymous (February 8, 2002)

There are some good songs on here. I found the cd to be enjoyable, and if that's all your looking for this is a good cd to get. Rx Bandits are nothing different from the thousands of ska bands in SO. Cal.

-Miriam

Anonymous (February 8, 2002)

"Anyone who puts down pop punk is a heavy metaler"

Thats kinda like saying that everyone that listens to saves the day is a queer. Oh wait... Um... Better example.. Everyone that Puts down hardcore is a 14 year old girl. Yah.

savesthedaypunk (February 6, 2002)

I wassnt pointing you out i was talking to everyone i posted that on alot of reviews because it was pissing me off, sorry if you took it personal.

Anonymous (February 6, 2002)

her empty needle is my unsharped sword....i stab i stab i stab, but i can't puncture....

and the line "have you ever been so high when you come down you feel dead inside..."

hum, the song is about heroin obviosly, i don't know if it's about him though...

and there is a LOT of ska in the album...it's definitly not filler....without the ska, it wouldn't be half as good...without the hardcore breakdowns it wouldn't be as good...all the elements of the album make it great

and some people have no idea how to take a joke....um, YOU go listen to your Hobastannk champ

Jimi

Anonymous (February 6, 2002)

its UNsharpened sword..

and i really dont see how you can call progress a ska album. their vision of ska was decreased, because now its like filler in the background. im not dissing the cd at all, its really got some good tracks. (i only hate in all rwanda's glory.. ugh)

i also saw them with h20, they were sincerely nice.

Anonymous (February 6, 2002)

So Matt does have a herion problem??? I guess the lyric "Her empty needle is my sharpen sword/ I stab I stab wanting more" Hm.. who would of known.
shane

savesthedaypunk (February 6, 2002)

Anyone who puts down pop punk is a heavy metaler, because there is no such thing as a "hardcore punk band" hard core my ass, go listen to your hobastank crap.

Anonymous (February 6, 2002)

haha, right on josh....represent buddyhead....

I like to do it because people on this site get SO bent out of shape about how Buddyhead disses on all their pop punk bands...

i would hope it pisses them off even more....

and Progress is fucking great....definitly one of the best albums released in '01...

and to the idiot that mentioned Matt's "heroin" problem, check out the last track on "progress" what do you think that song is about hippy? it's not like he doesn't know...it's probably harder to kick than you think....plus, everyone knows heroin makes for some great subject matter in songs...

case in point, the Velvet Underground's "heroin"....i dare you to find a better song that is about drugs...

Jimi

Anonymous (February 6, 2002)

Before I say anything, Jimi...dude...what's with stealing all of Buddyhead's sayings. I agree they are funny, but not quite as funny when you try and use em...brah.
As for this album, it is rather generic, blah blah...but it is fucking good. I would rather not talk about this album, but instead talk about how Progress is one of the best albums to come out of the ska or punk genre in years. If you can't appreciate the originality and beauty of the song structures, then you must have a dickfore in your ear. They rock live, they are nice guys, and people who talk shit about a band online should have their taints removed from their bodies.

-Josh

Anonymous (February 5, 2002)

no, they truly are stuck up assholes and the lead singer is a heroin junkie and throwing shit at them is cool.

Anonymous (February 5, 2002)

This CD is not great, but some of the songs on it are, such as Andrea, Lost, and Cornered. Progress is better tenfold and is probably the most original punk album released in 2001. By the way, these guys actually are NOT assholes. I saw them twice over the weekend. It was my fifth and sixth times seeing em and they just get better. They are totally rad to the crowd. I've talked to the "asshole" singer every time and he's anything but. And as for the "badasses" that want to throw shit at them at Warped: grow the fuck up. If you don't like a band, don't go out of your way to watch them. You sound like a bunch of fuckin assholes.

Anonymous (February 5, 2002)

hum, that's funny...when i saw them in valpo, IN. they were all about hanging with the kids....

they were nice guys then...i bet they still are...

i bet the cities you guys see shows in just suck hard....

oh, and to the guy who said this cd is godawful and you wanna throw shit at them....of course this cd is godawful, but the new one "progress" is one of the best ska albums ever released...download it or something brah

Jimi

Anonymous (February 5, 2002)

after you see what dicks they are you WILL want to throw any objects and/or small children at them. Their asshole attitudes towards their fans really take away from their playing. I bet if you hate them now, you will hate them more when you see them live.

Anonymous (February 5, 2002)

"One element comes from the slums of Jamaica, the other from the slums of Britain."

These guys haven't even been to the slums of Beverly Hills. Pretty boy pop-with-horns in it's blandest Form. I could just be projecting the sins of the label on the band. I honestly hoped I was, except I listened to the album, and It was WORSE than I thought it would be. Its really gonna be hard to not throw shit at these guys come Warped tour. I really don't see how these guys could be considered ska, or good.

Anonymous (February 4, 2002)

no, it was a small tour they did at small independent local clubs only. About 1 month or so before the h20 show.

Anonymous (February 4, 2002)

hum, was that the tour with H2O and New Found Glory?

I would have been making fun of everyone at that brodeo too....

"nah brah, like H2O is so hardcore"

Jimi

Anonymous (February 4, 2002)

i used to like these guys alot until i saw them when they played in cincy at the void a few months ago. Despite the fact that their music rocks, my image and level of respect for them was forever changed when i found out what a bunch of cocky, assholes they are. Especially that lead singer, all he did was stand on the stage and make fun of kids there. Some kid asked where the horn players were and he copped him an attitude and told them they were emo now and then just laughed in his face calling him a dumb shit. I think they were assholes to everyone their because no one even cared when they played and they just kept themselves locked in this little room all night. Like i said their songs and music still rock, but i cannot like a band and give them respect when they are such assholes.

Anonymous (February 4, 2002)

this album bores me...standard ska/pop/punk everyone has heard a million times...

and then the rx Bandits released "progress" and i totally ate my words about this band...

still, their old stuff is so generic and blah.....

don't buy this, buy "progress"

Jimi

Anonymous (February 4, 2002)

considering im a huge sublime fan, plus im ska's bitch, this album is one on regular rotation for me. some of the horn parts are just awesome, and i love the matt's voice. i think the ska influence and lyrics on progress are a little less energetic than this, but it's also got its good songs.

Anonymous (February 4, 2002)

This album might be over-rated, but Progress is incredible.

ChrisGorman (February 4, 2002)

overrated, the token ska/punk band on Drive-Thru. I like a couple songs though, so I cant really give a bad rating.

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