Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad Announces New Album

Rochester, NY-based reggae act Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad have announced they will release their latest studio album, Steady, on September 30, in its first collaboration with famed independent reggae label Easy Star Records.

The album's first single, "Steady," is available as a free download via the band's LivePanda.com website to give fans an early taste of what to expect from the record.

Most of the songs on Steady were recorded in 2013 with Craig Welsch of 10 Ft. Ganja Plant co-producing. Two other tracks were recorded after those sessions and added to the sequence – the title track was co-produced by Danny Kalb (The Green, Ben Harper), while live show favorite “Mr. Cop” was recorded with Matt Saccuccimorano (John Brown’s Body). Other Steady tracks include longtime live staples like “.45” and "Solution."

“This is without a doubt the best sounding record we’ve ever made,” said singer-bassist James Searl in a statement. “But it’s also the most consistently solid set of songwriting we’ve done to date.” The new LP marks the band's first on Easy Star, a label with a roster that includes The Green, Rebelution, John Brown’s Body, Cas Haley, The Black Seeds and Easy Star All-Stars (with whom GPGDS is touring the West Coast in September). “Sometimes it takes a while for the stars to align right,” Easy Star CEO Eric Smith said. “We always bounced around the idea of working with each other, but after hearing the growth on these latest sessions and seeing how good the band’s live set had become, we knew now was the time to finally make it happen.”

Here's a look at the band's tour dates:

8/16: Philadelphia, PA @ Hard Rock Cafe
8/28: Naples, NY @ Purple Pig Music Festival
8/30: Roanoke, VA @ Martin's Downtown
8/31: Stuart, VA @ Front Porch Fest
9/12: Washington, DC @ Tropicalia
9/13: Wilmington, NC @ California Roots The Carolina Sessions
9/17: Tacoma, WA @ Jazzbones *
9/18: Vancouver, BC @ Venue *
9/19: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
9/20: San Francisco, CA @ Slim's *
9/21: Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades *
9/24: Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues *
9/26: Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern *
9/27: Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues *
9/28: San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House *

* with Easy Star All-Stars

[Published on: 8/14/14]

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