Rochester reggae outfit Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (GPGDS) have announced the release of their latest single “Revolution.” The powerful track features Josh Swain and was co-produced with Italian-born international reggae icon, Alborosie.
Beginning April 7, fans can enjoy “Revolution” amongst other songs on the band’s upcoming album, Love In Time.
The essence of the collaboration was indisputably present throughout the creation of Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad’s news album. The consultation between the band and Alborosie helped shape “Revolution” into a song that can only be created by complete openness and trust in the process.
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad took a contrasting approach with the writing and recording process of the new album compared to previous tracks. Since the band was facing a potential six-month separation at the start of 2020, they rushed into the studio to record as many tracks as possible. Recording with longtime friend Matthew Goodwin, the reggae ensemble developed over 25 song ideas and riddims within a week. Various tracks were sent to musicians, engineers and producers such as the production trio Zion I Kings, Akae Beka, Midnite, Lutan Fyah, Alborosie, and Danny Kalb.
Originally GPGDS planned three different releases, but the diversity of the songs and production styles all complemented each other in ways the band had not expected. Working with Danny Kalb on the “Steady” single in 2014 was the first time GPGDS collaborated with an outsider and the results were so powerful that they strived for a similar sound for their new album. Additionally, working with featured guests such as Fearon and Botri, The Movement, Anthony B, Double Tiger, Blakkamoore, and Skribe Da God, inspired GPGDS to select the best tracks from the past sessions which resulted in Love In Time.
Formed in 2001 in Rochester, GPGDS consists of guitarists Dylan Savage and Eli Flynn, Chris O’Brian on the drums, and Tony Gallicchio on the keyboard. The band is recognized for their world beats and reggae rhythms with an urgent energy and jam band dynamics. It
GPGDS released six studio albums, ranging from their alternative Americana releases Country (2012) and Bright Days (2015) to their Billboard Reggae Chart-toppers Steady (2014) and Make It Better (2016). Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad’s Love In Time delivers a fresh new evolution of the band’s trademark sound that results from their newly collaborative approach.
“Revolution” from Giant Panda can be enjoyed by fans here.
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