Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad – Make It Better (Rootfire Cooperative, 2016)
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is one of the most interesting groups I’ve found in recent years. Their albums switch back and forth between reggae, Americana and jam rock. Make It Better is solidly reggae, with a fabulous mix of roots reggae, dub effects, classics soul/funk and lots of deep bass.
Several of the songs hook you immediately and are instant classics, such as “What Kind of World” and “Gotta Make a Living.”
Make It Better shows a boy on the cover. The band conceived it as the journey a boy who no one will identify, although he is at the center of our global discussion.
The lineup includes James Searl on bass; Dylan Savage and Dan Keller on guitars, Chris O’Brian on drums; and Tony Gallicchio on keyboards. There are numerous guests including former band member Matt Goodwin.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.