LIVE UP!! Volume II is Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad's second documentation of the group's sonic journey together through life and musical creation. In 10 unreleased recordings, LIVE UP!! Volume II showcases the quartet's explorations into new territories of sound and style. The recordings featured were compiled from two shows in GPGDS' March/April 2010 tour from the Southeastern USA through the mountains of Colorado. From an opening set for G. Love & Special Sauce in Fayetteville AR to a packed headliner in Fort Collins CO, LIVE UP!! Volume II selections were hand picked by the band and mixed by their engineer Joel Scanlon. The compilation of live recordings seeks to bring the listener into the improvisational atmosphere that GPGDS prefers to dwell in.The
ten tracks flow through each other, often disintegrating from the typical song form into dub inspired soundscapes and rhythmic climaxes. The simple song writing of guitarist Dylan Savage and bassist James Searl is complimented by the multi keyboard stylings of Aaron Lipp on Hammond Organ, Clavinet, and Fender Rhodes, as well as the highly original hard driving rhythms of drummer Chris O'Brian. LIVE UP!! Volume II also represents the first release of material that features all four members of GPGDS on vocals. The outcome is electrified American folk music. Joel Scanlon's live engineering is an atypical real time approach of hands on analog dub improvisation, more representative of a jazz musician then a basic sound monkey adjusting levels. Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is furthering their embrace of group based improvisation through the art of the simple song. Ultra fast at some points and super slow at others, LIVE UP!! Volume II represents a slew of styles honed by GPGDS. LIVE UP!! Volume II marks the opening the floodgates of many live high quality releases from Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad through their new website LIVEPANDA.COM
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