As mentioned inside our 2015 Most Anticipated Albums, Rochester, NY’s big ol’ Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad will release Bright Days on May 18th, 2015 via Easy Star Records.
The 9-track Americana album includes a guest feature by G. Love who contributed some Harp on the track “Humboldt County Gold,” a long with Eric Robertson who performs Mandolin on a few tracks with “Atabey,” “Good To You,” and “War Machine,” while Milt Reder, the studio owner, plays guitar on ALL the tracks.
These are “Major perks for a Panda Record” vocalist-bassist James Searl tells The Pier. “When Milt plugged in his guitar and began to play, we realized that the session was serious and special.”
The album was recorded at Rear Window Studio in Brookline, MA with Craig Welsch (one of the key players in 10 Ft. Ganja Plant). After the band recorded their 2014 Pier Award Nominated album STEADY, Craig said “Ok, I’m pressing record on the tape machine. GO!” A day or two later and Bright Days was recorded.
James Searl continued to tell The Pier that new songs “War Machine” and “Humboldt County Gold” are 2 fantastic tunes that he’s excited about, among the others. This album is said to follow the January 2012 release of Country, a lyrically-driven roots Americana Album.
Here’s what James Searl had to say back in December when describing the mindset that perfectly accompanies this album: “You know those lucid moments that come at 5 AM when you have been up all night and the Christmas lights are on and it seems like you have all the time in the world to reflect on life and give thanks for the wonder that is existence? This album is that.”
Bright Days will be released on 180-gram black vinyl, along with a 180-gram black vinyl version of their 2014 release, Steady. You can pre-order the album iTunes and receive an instant download of the titled track, “Bright Days”. Pre-Order on iTunes by clicking HERE!
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad – Bright Days Track List:
1.) Trust in Time
2.) Humboldt County Gold
4.) Nothing Comes Easy
5.) It Won’t Be Long
6.) Good to You
7.) War Machine
8.) Just Like I Do
9.) Bright Days
Starting May 9th, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad will perform in Orlando, FL at Reggae on The Block before traveling to Monterrey, CA to perform May 22nd at California Roots Music & Arts Festival. From there, they’ll set out on the road to play a string of west coast dates with The Simpkin Project, throughout the month of May.
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Article By: Mike Patti
Photo By: Josue Rivas
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