|Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad|
|Origin||Rochester, New York, United States|
|Genres||Reggae, Roots Reggae, Americana|
|Labels||Rootfire Cooperative, Easy Star Records, Controlled Substance Sound Labs|
|Thunderbody, The Cabin Killers, Bomb Squad, Funknut|
The band's first album Slow Down was released in 2006, soon after they recorded a live acoustic session at the Moboogie loft in Denver. Their third studio album In These Times peaked at #5 on the Billboard Reggae Album chart. The band's next studio album Steady hit #1 on the Billboard Reggae Album chart on October 9, 2014. Their subsequent album Make it Better was released on September 16, 2016 and debuted at the #1 spot on Billboard and iTunes reggae charts.
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad was formed in 2004 when childhood friends Chris O'Brian, James Searl, and Matt O'Brian teamed up with local Rochester guitar player Dylan Savage and started playing shows in Ithaca, New York. Prior to 2004 the guys had been playing music together for several years in their home town of Rochester, New York. Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad based their name on the fictional "Giant Panda Gypsy Blues Band" from Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins. The band has been noted for their live shows, which are often recorded by concert tapers and posted on Etree and the Internet Archive.
In 2009 the band released a live recordings album titled Live Up!!. The album features 11 tracks that were record during their 2008 and 2009 national tours.
Founding member Matt O'Brian and keyboard player Rachel Orke left the band in 2010. The band also released Live Up!! Volume II featuring 10 live recordings from the band's Southeast USA tour. The band also played at the 2010 All Good Music Festival gaining further notoriety in the jam band circuit.
In 2011 the band added guitarist Dan Keller from North Tonawanda, New York on lead guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals, and harmony. On July 23, 2011 the band played the Gathering of The Vibes music festival in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They also returned to the All Good Music Festival for the 2nd consecutive year.
The band released Country on January 31, 2012, on the California-based record label Controlled Substance Sound Labs. With this release, the quintet has charted new territory and put together a lyrically driven roots Americana-music album.
On April 10, 2012, the band released a full electric album, In These Times, also on the Controlled Substance Sound Labs label. The psychedelic roots sound is more familiar to fans who were familiar with the band through concerts and live recordings.
The band continued to make waves in the jam band circuit with a performance at The Peach Music Festival (a music festival started by The Allman Brothers Band) on August 17, 2013 and they are slated to perform again at the 6th annual Peach Music Festival August 10-13, 2017.
This section needs to be updated.(October 2017)
In 2016 the band released a new album called Make It Better (Rootfire Cooperative) featuring 10 new tracks. The album was recorded in their hometown of Rochester, NY at Blackdog Studios owned by former band member Matt Goodwin. The band also prepared some tracks at Scanhope Sound in Littleton, Colorado. This album was mixed by Danny Kalb who also co-produced.
The band has many different musical influences. Some of them include Phish, Sublime, John Brown's Body, The Wailers, Bunny Wailer, Burning Spear, Lee 'Scratch Perry', Bob Marley and The Grateful Dead.
Elliot Martin from John Brown's Body (band) contributed vocals on the track "Really True" on the bands 2017 release Make It Better.