Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is relentless reggae sound. Roots reggae and experimental dub. North American International Body Music.
GPGDS played 180 shows in 2008, including performances at Wakarusa, Mountain Jam, GrassRoots, Floyd Fest, and Up North Festival. 2007 highlights include a three-week stint in Jamaica, numerous national tours, and a concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC). Thanks to their aggressive touring schedule and dynamic sound, Giant Panda has developed an extensive following.
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad was formed in 2001, by brothers Matthew and Christopher O'Brian, and mutual friend James Searl. The Rochester, New York-based group’s current lineup solidified in 2006, with the addition of Dylan Savage, Rachel Orke, and Aaron Lipp.
GPGDS plays an eclectic blend of roots reggae, dub, and afrobeat. The sextet’s impeccable musicianship and explosive live show have received widespread acclaim.
Giant Panda will be releasing a new album in early 2009. Their 2006 debut Slow Down is receiving regular airplay on Sirius and XM Radio. Recorded at Ithaca, NY's legendary Pyramid Sound Studios "The album's 12 cuts work on a nearly physiological level to calm you down and cheer you up," says Tim Karan of Rochester Insider.
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad has shared the stage with reggae greats Toots And The Maytals, The Wailers, Lee Scratch Perry, Yellowman, Culture, The Meditations, Don Carlos, Morgan Heritage, Mad Professor, and Edi Fitzroy. They've been joined on stage by members of Brazilian Girls, Thievery Corporation, and Umphrey's McGee.
GPGDS is committed to connecting people with great music. Roots & dub for your meditation.
"This is some of the most intense roots reggae we've ever heard..." - Knoxville's Metro Pulse
"...heavy, air-tight dub and roots reggae pressure..." - Washington Post
"...a viable contributor to the modern reggae movement." - Metro Santa Cruz