The last time we checked in with the RX Bandits was circa 1999 in Austin, Texas--right after the then-third-wave ska/punk band re-released the album Halfway Between Here and There on Drive Thru Records. Lead singer Matt Embree, seemingly tanked, finished the band's set supine, using a trombone as an air guitar on Emo's filthy carpeted stage.
Imagine our surprise, then, to learn that--11 years later--the RX Bandits are still alive and air guitar-ing. On their newest release, Mandala, they decided to ditch the horns. Though the Bandits have experimented with numerous members and genres over the years, Mandala finds the group pared down to a quartet consisting of Embree, Steve Choi, Joseph Troy and Christopher Tsagakis. On the song, "Hope Is A Butterfly, No Net Its Captor," Embree channels a Thom York-ish wail, singing "It's a virus / of silence," before breaking into a fast-paced, vintage RX Bandits refrain of "Are you livin' the life that you dreamed for now?" Live the dream with the Bandits, The Builders and The Butchers, Zechs Marquise and 3rd to Last at an all-ages show at the Venue on Saturday, April 10.
Saturday, April 10, 7 p.m., $13 adv., $15 door, 521 W. Broad St., 208-919-0011, boisevenue.com.