On July 22nd, RX Bandits return with their first album in five years, Gemini, Her Majesty. The follow-up to 2009’s Mandala was produced by Jason Cupp (Maps & Atlases, The Elected) at Prairie Sun Recording Studios in Sonoma County, CA.
According to frontman Matt Embree, the LP marks a new songwriting approach for the Orange County alt rockers, who celebrate their 20th anniversary as a band next year.
“In the past, our aim was to bridge the gap between our recorded music and our live performance,” Embree notes in a press release. “But this time around we really didn’t ever consider that. We almost willingly ignored it. It was really nice to make a record that we didn’t apply live performance constraints to. That said, now we’re going to have the hefty task of figuring out how we want to arrange and play these new songs live. We love the challenge.”
The creation of Gemini was possible thanks in part to a successful fundraising campaign on PledgeMusic, which pulled in a whopping 170% of the band’s initial goal.
As a preview, RX Bandits have shared a new song off the LP, a dynamic rocker called “Stargazer”. Listen in below, followed by the album’s official artwork.
The band has also mapped out a U.S. summer tour in support of the album. Consult their full itinerary.
RX Bandits 2014 Tour Dates:
07/11 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
07/12 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
07/13 – Jacksonville, FL @ Underbelly
07/14 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
07/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
07/17 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater
07/18 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
07/19 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
07/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
07/22 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
07/23 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
07/25 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
07/26 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
07/27 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
07/28 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
07/30 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
08/01 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
08/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
08/04 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
08/05 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
08/07 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
08/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
08/10 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
08/11 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
08/13 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
08/15 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s East
08/16 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
08/17 – Houston, TX @ The Studio at Warehouse Live