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Interview:
Short split let RX Bandits start new era
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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California's RX Bandits took a hiatus from August of 2011 to May of 2012 -- not very long, but enough to get the group fully recharged according to frontman Matt Embree.

"I think that most people probably don't want to have to do too much growing up," Embree, 34, says of the reason for the group's time off. "Once we were in our late 20s or early 30s, I feel like we did (grow up), all separately.

"So just the fact we can figure out a way to come back together and be on the same page, we all have a better idea of what we want from our art and what we want from just the whole band in general. We have a more unified front which feels really good."

The quartet is demonstrating that on "Gemini, Her Majesty," RX Bandits' first set of new material since 2009's "Mandala." This time out, Embree and company took a slightly different approach to recording, embracing studio production opportunities more than the group has before.

"We still recorded the guitars, drums and the bass live, but then we added other parts depending on whether we thought they worked or sounded good or whether it would work live," Embree explains. "So there was definitely a lot more experimenting with a lot of vocals -- like a ton of vocals, like nine different harmony parts and stuff like that, stuff we've never done on an album before. We found it was a really fun experience."

RX Bandits, the Dear Hunter and From Indian Lakes

Saturday, July 26. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit

Tickets are $18

Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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