RX Bandits‘ classic 2003 album The Resignation turned 20 this year, and the band is celebrating with a new vinyl reissue & merch, followed by a 20th anniversary tour this March. The brief run includes shows in Phoenix, Santa Ana, LA, Chicago, Denver, Baltimore, Philly, and Brooklyn. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/17).
The Brooklyn show happens on March 23 at Monarch. All dates are listed on the tour poster below.
In our recent retrospective on The Resignation, we said: They’d come up with a fusion that pulled from ska, reggae, punk, post-hardcore, progressive rock, and more, and 20 years later, I’ve still never heard another album that sounds like [it]. Every member of this band is virtuosic and extremely creative, and that’s on full display on The Resignation. Mind-bending guitar riffs and drum patterns are set against a fiery horn section and the unmistakable voice of Matthew Embree, who can go from reggae-inflected singing to a gritty post-hardcore yell at the drop of a hat. RX Bandits use their intricate arrangements as a vessel to tackle topics like war, racism, and sexism with politically-conscious lyrics that were as impactful in 2003 as they are in 2023. It’s rare to find a record this deep, complex, and innovative that’s also this hard-hitting and easy to latch onto.