Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is currently reeling from the Sept. 16th release of their sixth studio album, Make It Better, via Rootfire Cooperative. As a treat, we’re giving away their song “Really True” away for FREE as we further celebrate this new release…
You can download G.P.G.D.S. new track, “Really True,”, for FREE on our home page under the MP3 Leak of the Week on the right hand column! This Download will only be available until Saturday, October 1st, 2016.
G.P.G.D.S. – “Really True” – Download HERE (on The Pier homepage)
G.P.G.D.S. “Really True” Background:
With their sixth studio album, Giant Panda is calling Make It Better their most progressive to date. Singer and bassist James Searl says of the album: “It uniquely sounds the most progressive of anything we have ever done while also sounding the most like our first album.” GPGDS collaborated with sound engineers Matt Goodwin and Joel Scanlon while recording, and Danny Kalb (Beck, Ben Harper, Karen O) served as co-producer and mixer for Make It Better.
As for the song, “Really True”, it comes in at #4 on the 10-track record. Vocalist/guitarist Dylan Savage tells The Pier: “Musically ‘Really True’ is another tune in the lovers rock spirit of Gregory Isaacs and Bunny Wailer. My hope was that the lyrics, while initially reminiscent of a typical love song, would after closer listen address in a subtle way the broader issue of love for country and what that truly means. The idea that love for your country is more than symbolic flag waving but truly addressing the real and serious issues that face our country with a sense of nuance, flexible perspective & purpose.”
Aside from the music, Make It Better features some eye-catching artwork. The cover was created by Brooklyn-based, Iranian-born artists Icy and Sot. Famous for their thought-provoking street art, the siblings’ illustration contains deep symbolism, depicting a boy’s face with a superimposed map of the world next to the album’s title, Make It Better.
You can own Make It Better by visiting the G.P.G.D.S. website by click HERE!
Giant Panda formed in Rochester, NY back in 2001. The Upstate New Yorkers are renowned for their ability to effortlessly seesaw between being a reggae band and a jam band, which is the formula behind their dynamic live performances. The band is made up by James Searl (bass/vocals), Chris O’Brian (drums/vocals), Dylan Savage (guitar/vocals), Dan Keller (guitar/vocals), and Tony Gallicchio (Keys). GPGDS topped Billboard’s Reggae Album Chart with 2014’s Steady, but have also proved their overall music prowess by writing two well-received Americana albums, Country (2012) and Bright Days (2015).
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Huge thanks again to G.P.G.D.S. for allowing us to share “Really True” to post up for FREE download. Free music is a privilege that we’re grateful for and we appreciate the work these artists do! Please feel free to download this song for FREE and spread the awareness to your friends!
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Article By: Mike Patti
Photo By: Stephen Reardon
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