Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
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Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is a quintet from Rochester, NY.
“In These Times” is the first electric studio album from GPGDS since 2006′s “Slow Down.” Over the past six years, the band has performed 800 shows, put out a collection of live albums, and recently released a roots Americana record titled “Country” (January 2012). Mixed by Billy Hume (Nas, STS9, Ludacris) and dubbed by the band’s longtime engineer Joel Scanlon, “In These Times” is a beautiful psychedelic roots reggae album.
“The band’s five masterful musicians weave layers of complex music within a reggae framework and may be one of the most diverse bands in the genre.” – JamBase
- Recently featured on NPR All Things Considered
- Performed 800 concerts in the past six years
- Show recordings have been downloaded over 200,000 times from taper-friendly website Archive.org
- Released two studio albums in 2012: Country on 1/31, In These Times on 4/10
“GPGDS’ expertise in effortless force through music is received with intense clarity, tone perfection, and attention to detail.” – The Spectrum
“…an impeccable, individual, and richly satisfying vocal harmony reggae album.” – LA Reggae Music Examiner
“In all, this is a definitive reggae album, by which I mean it’s going to define the sounds coming out of the roots/dub scene from here on out.” – Music Bailout
“While GPGDS chose reggae as their medium, they have a love of folk, rock, and the weird, and they extract the best parts, tossing them in to some of the rootsiest reggae this side of 2012.” – Angelica Music
“…the arrival of In These Times shows them to be among the finest American reggae outfits.” – Jammin Reggae Archives
For over six years, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad’s live show has defined the band. Touring relentlessly, the Rochester, NY-based group is sustained by its passion to reinterpret, explore, and expand its music night after night.
After the 2006 release of their debut album, Slow Down, GPGDS hit the road and never looked back. On April 10th, they released their first electric studio album in six years, In These Times. This is the quintet’s second release on the California-based label Controlled Substance Sound Labs.
In These Times consists of 12 tracks that showcase Giant Panda’s psychedelic reggae sound. Bassist James Searl, guitarist Dylan Savage, and guitarist Dan Keller trade off songwriting and lead vocal duties, with backup vocals provided by drummer Chris O’Brian, and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Lipp. The album was mixed by Atlanta-based producer Billy Hume (Nas, STS9, Ludacris, Josh Ritter), and dubbed by the band’s long-time engineer Joel Scanlon.
In These Times explores a variety of emotions and themes, from the feel good, sing along vibe of “Change You,” to the political anthem “Pockets.” Guests on the album include Hawaii’s The Green, contributing backup vocals on “All Night Music,” and John Brown’s Body’s horn section on “Next Best Explosion,” and “Healing.” “I think it would be fair to say that this is the album that long-time Panda fans have been waiting for” says Chris O’Brian.
In These Times follows the bands’ lyrically-driven roots Americana album, Country (released January 31, 2012). Combining acoustic instrumentation including slide guitar, banjo, harmonica, upright piano, percussion, and bass, Country showcases songs as they were first created: on the road, riding in the van, and jamming backstage. “Like early Wilco, with a healthy powdering of the stuff that made Gram Parsons’ music so deeply moving, “Country” is a gorgeous collection of Americana ditties.” – The Buffalo News
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is on tour now in support of their new releases.
James Searl: Bass, Vocals
Chris O’Brian: Drums, Vocals
Dylan Savage: Guitar, Vocals
Aaron Lipp: Hammond B3 Organ, Fender Rhodes, Clavinet, Harmonica, Vocals
Dan Keller: Guitar, Vocals