Gemini, Her Majesty (CD)


Rx Bandits

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Amoeba Review

07/21/2014

O.C.’s Rx Bandits haven’t released an album in five years, which is maybe why Gemini, Her Majesty is such a treat. The band’s high-tension alt-prog sounds like something that’s been bottled up for too long and waiting to explode, offering smoke before the fire on the choral “Intro” and then launching into the steadily building riffs of “Ruby Cumulous.” They sound like successors to The Police on the confident “Wide Open,” reining in their expert riffery to focus on melodicism. When they can dispense both catchy melodies and pummeling musicianship, as on single “Stargazer,” the band is damn near unstoppable, doling out chugging riffs and dynamic rhythms while tying ribbons of harmonic guitarwork around them and exploding into a singalong chorus. There are times when you want Rx Bandits to let the songs breathe a bit more so their melodies will stick, but the chilled-out vibe the band is going for gets top billing on “Meow! Meow! Space Tiger,” a sparkling, beachy ode to staring at the sky and “finding your truth.” The band walk a fine line—how is it possible to sound so laid back and yet so detailed and precise at the same time? Rx Bandits somehow make it work on this terrific comeback record.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Intro
Rx Bandits 01:14
2.
Ruby Cumulous
Rx Bandits 04:51
3.
Wide Open
Rx Bandits 02:29
4.
Stargazer
Rx Bandits 03:33
5.
Fire To The Ocean
Rx Bandits 04:09
6.
G2G
Rx Bandits 05:46
7.
Will You Be Tomorrow
Rx Bandits 05:58
8.
Meow! Meow! Space Tiger
Rx Bandits 03:45
9.
1995
Rx Bandits 03:28
10.
Penguin Marlin Brando
Rx Bandits 03:45
11.
Future, Buddy
Rx Bandits 04:33

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