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Rx Bandits

Rx Bandits: live in Dallaslive in Dallas (2009)
Sargent House

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: thegimperthegimper
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I entered the doors to see half the kids wearing Mighty Mighty Bosstones shirts, while the other sported shirts of the Deftones variety. I must be at the Rx Bandits / Dredg tour. I sat through Good Ole War, a band I wasn't familiar with at all before the show. They had some catchy, melodic music tha.


I entered the doors to see half the kids wearing Mighty Mighty Bosstones shirts, while the other sported shirts of the Deftones variety. I must be at the Rx Bandits / Dredg tour. I sat through Good Ole War, a band I wasn't familiar with at all before the show. They had some catchy, melodic music that could make the crowd dance. What more could you ask from an opening act? Towards the end of their set Matt Embree walked on stage and started to jam with them. Essentially, what I took away from this is that Matt Embree is talented.

I downed a few more overpriced beers and tweeted Steve Choi telling him to open with their Scholars' cover as I waited for them to take the stage. The curtain rose on the stage and the audience was surrounded with four wailing percussionists. The Dredg fans were hoping Slipknot made a guest appearance. Actually, it was each member of the Bandits wailing in perfect rhythm across their drum skins. The drum showcase really highlighted the band's talent for more than just the instrument they're assigned to play on the album.

They opened with "Decrescendo," clearly mocking my opening song requests as they sang to the audience, "Did you hear what you wanted? Did you get what you wanted now?" My only complaint about the show was that at least half the set was songs off the then-unreleased Mandala album, but as they are on tour to support that album I can't really fault the band. There was one surprise as they played "All the Time" off Progress, as the Bandits are not known for playing any songs pre-Resignation. Needless to say, the crowd went nuts.

Despite no longer having any horn players, the band did a solid job of playing their older songs and having them hold up without any brass. The band closed with "Only for the Night" and the members of Dredg came out and played on the many drum sets. This prompted frontman Matt Embree to put down his guitar and dance like his was seeing String Cheese Incident at Bonaroo. But once Matt picked up his guitar, the band finished the song and left the crowd realizing that the Rx Bandits still put on one of the most impressive live shows of any touring band today.

 

 
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damnitsderek (July 25, 2009)

Syd and telegraph, you guys might appreciate these links:

http://wheredagoldat.com/music/Alabama Leprechaun Rap.mp3

http://www.wheredagoldat.com

messyblumpkin (July 24, 2009)

yeah this review sucks pee pee. did you really have to mention tweeting?
come on.

their new album is sweet though.

telegraphrocks (July 23, 2009)

1- The average IQ of those in that video has to be like... 10... unbelievable!

2- Maybe he's follows his 10 Commandments? (What a dork!)

SydBarrett420 (July 22, 2009)

telegraph, tell me those aren't some of the dumbest people you have ever seen. I still can't decide if that is a real news story or not.

p.s. If Gimper has a PC for reviews then he has access to leaks.

telegraphrocks (July 22, 2009)

SydBarrett... you're a fuckin' schmuck. You'll actually fault someone for not knowing material from an album that hasn't even been released yet?
Everyone doesn't have access to leaks, or simply don't do it.
If anything, fault the fucking band for promoting an album that hasn't been released yet.

On a positive side, I checked out your profile, and watched that video you have linked... holy. fucking. shit! Mobile, Alabama is full of morons.

shark-e (July 22, 2009)

Hey gimper, I think you should apologize to SydBarrett. You really might have ruined his day. Let's not let it spread to his entire week.

SydBarrett420 (July 22, 2009)

Shutup Mike, the reviews is 10x worse because the reviewer has no idea what any of the songs off Mandala were before going to the show.

mikexdude (July 22, 2009)

Here is a revolutionary idea; burn the CD, put it in your car and drive around and enjoy it. When the album actually comes out,, you throw away the burn and then buy the album on cd. This will help keep your review fom sucking.


Illegally downloading a leaked copy is not going to make anything better. You're just a nit picky, out of touch fool.

inagreendase (July 22, 2009)

It was such a weird show... I didn't know the Rx Bandits were a "jock band."

Right? Apparently this was the case as far back as a year or two ago.

damnitsderek (July 22, 2009)

Honestly, I didn't know that they didn't often play material from Progress . Reading that makes me not want to buy a ticket to their show in Seattle in August. Man, going to see Rx Bandits and hearing little to no material from Progress would absolutely kill me.

eazyd2 (July 22, 2009)

worst fuckin review ever. hopefully these cats will come to australia

MN_punkmaster-skaman (July 22, 2009)

Score is for mentioning Dredg and Slipknot in the same sentence! Really? Dredg fans have a better taste than that garbage!

SydBarrett420 (July 21, 2009)

2) I don't like to torrent albums of bands I like to support. Because their are few finer pleasures in life than actually paying for an album your dying to here, putting it in your car stereo, rolling the windows down and driving around town.

Here is a revolutionary idea; burn the CD, put it in your car and drive around and enjoy it. When the album actually comes out,, you throw away the burn and then buy the album on cd. This will help keep your review fom sucking.

Also, you didn't even bother mentioning anything remotely interesting about Dredg except for to take a misguided swipe at them by comparing them to Slipknot in that they both cater to the same audience.

Perhaps you shouldn't write reviews when you have nothing to actually review.

TJMoney (July 21, 2009)

I was also at the Orlando show. It was such a weird show... I didn't know the Rx Bandits were a "jock band."

Dredg was annoying. Musically they seemed really good yet it would be like they were almost gonna rock out then it would be a letdown.

thegimper (July 21, 2009)

SydBarrett
1) I said in the review I can't fault them for that set list as they are on tour to support the album.
2) I don't like to torrent albums of bands I like to support. Because their are few finer pleasures in life than actually paying for an album your dying to here, putting it in your car stereo, rolling the windows down and driving around town.

And I apologize for the lack of set list I was unfamiliar with the material off Mandala as I already stated. But to make up for it, here is the one other song they played that wasn't off Mandala:
To Our Unborn Daughters.

SydBarrett420 (July 21, 2009)

Ghoti34, I was at the show last night in Orlando and the Bandits killed it. Agreed about the water backup, going to the bar was an adventure.

Score is for the vague and horrible review that doesn't have a setlist, mention much about the crowd energy and slags them for playing songs from Mandala. Here is a thought idiot, why don't you download the album of the band you are going to see if its not out yet?

Ghoti34 (July 21, 2009)

Saw them last night in Orlando. dredg is the worst fucking band ever. RX Bandits closed on this stop of the tour. Are they closing for the other parts? Really miss the horns. The septic tank got backed up and there was poop water all over the floor...not a good day to be wearing flops

punkengineer (July 21, 2009)

Score is for The Marquee Theater kicking me out right before the Rx Bandits came on for being too drunk on the PHX stop of this tour. I hate that venue so much.

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