Rx Bandits' Proggier New Prescription

The Long Beach foursome resume bandhood by going to outer space on new album

What inspired their turn toward the proggier side of rock spectrum? Choi plays it a bit coy. "What we're listening to doesn't really come out in our music as much as it might with other people," he says. But earlier in our conversation about musical self-discovery during the hiatus, he talked about how he had been jamming with bassist Ed Breckenridge (Thrice), and guitarist Sergie Loobkoff (Samiam, Solea, Knapsack) undeniably shines through in Rx Bandits' latest effort.

At the moment, the band are gearing up for a four-month long co-headlining tour with the Dear Hunter, as well as putting the finishing touches on the live versions of their new songs. "Everything is just about dialed in," Choi says. No small feat considering the breadth of the new material. He's stoked to hit the road and repeatedly emphasizes the positive energy flow Rx Bandits have going at the moment.

Chillin' like chiefs
Sonny Kay
Chillin' like chiefs

"We're closer now than we ever have been," he says. "I know that sounds cliché and cheesy—but the truth is that's how it's going for us right now."

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