Hey everybody! Hope your finals went well and your holiday shopping is going just as well (let’s face it, it probably isn’t..). Today is my first regular Tuesday post in a while, and I plan on keeping them going now that I have plenty of time over the break.
Today’s post is all about a band that I have just recently discovered, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. While the name may sound intimidating to new-comers, these guys are from it. Hailing from Rochester, NY, they released their debut album “Slow Down” in 2006 and began touring relentlessly, playing around 500 shows between 2006 and 2009. GPGDS (as they are often abbreviated) are noted for their fun and “jam-based” live shows, in which they are adamant in following an “analog only” approach with their music. Their keyboardist Aaron Lipp provides this sound using his vintage Hammond B3 Organ, in addition to the boys’ incorporation of slide guitar, banjo, melodica, harmonica, and various percussion. The band has an extensive collection of live recordings that are available for download on their website http://livepanda.com/, which also features a FREE 4 song download from their 2nd live album entitled “Live Up!! Volume II”. GPGDS is playing a few shows just in time for the holidays, as they are currently in the process of mixing a new album “Country”, set for a release on January 31, 2012.
Below I have uploaded a few of my favorite songs from “Slow Down”.
And just to give you guys a taste of their live shows, here is a recent performance of the boys in Denver, CO, courtesy of MoBoogievids!!
Happy Holidays everyone! Peace!