melodic, wall of sound psychedelia.
Formed in late 2005, Chicago's Red Plastic Buddha developed a sound that blends the best elements of late 60s British psychedelia with modern dynamics, alternating between swirling sonic landscapes and catchy, melody driven pop.
The Red Plastic Buddha draw frequent comparisons to Barrett-era Pink Floyd, 13th Floor Elevators and Love, as well as neo-psychedelic masters Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dandy Warhols and The Warlocks. Live, the RPB enhance their recorded sound with a post-punk energy and their infrequent live shows have become eagerly anticipated events.
Founding members were Timothy Ferguson (vocals, bass guitar), Todd Lazar (lead guitar), Todd Leiter Weintraub (guitar, backing vocals), Dav Kling (drums, percussion) and Matt Walters (keyboards).
After recording Sunflower Sessions (SK024) for Spade Kitty Records, Leiter-Weintraub left to pursue his own project (Hop on Pop). He was replaced by ex-Loomis frontman Tom Valenzano in late 2007. Shortly thereafter, The Red Plastic Buddha added Pralines leader Pamela Richardson to help out on backing vocals. When Valenzano left in 2009, Richardson moved over to rhythm guitar, adding a new dimension to The Buddha’s sound with acoustic and electric slide guitar.
In 2010, founding members Todd Lazar and Matt Walters retired from the band, and were replaced by Eric Ahlgren (keyboards, vocals) and Carter O'Brien (lead guitar). Walters also decided to close shop on the Spade Kitty record label, leading Ferguson to start the Space Cat Records label. The year was spent balancing recording with re-tooling, but behind the scene The Red Plastic Buddha were preparing for a dynamic re-birth.
On July 14, 2011, The Red Plastic Buddha released their eagerly anticipated 'All Out Revolution'. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Chicago's Grammy nominated Joyride Studios, this disc builds on the foundation of Sunflower Sessions and showcases a band at the peak of their creative power. The newly formatted band returned to the stage for local and regional shows throughout the year, showcasing songs from 'All Out Revolution', as well as new material. The single 'Star Shaped Holes' was included on the Patetico Records charity compilation CD Rock Back for Japan - Pet Rescue I, which is raising funds to help pets made homeless by the March 2011 earthquake / tsunami disaster in northern Japan.
All Out Revolution was named to many Best of 2011 critics lists and has served to grow awareness of the group worldwide. In 2012, lead guitarist Carter O'Brien left and was replaced by Aaron Barber. The streamlining of the band continued in 2013 with the departure of Pamela Richardson. In late 2013, Aaron Barber also ended his association with the band. He was replaced by Charles Patterson.
The band will be releasing their third official release, 'Songs for Mara' in April 2014. Songs for Mara marks the band's first release on vinyl. Digital versions will feature additional songs not included on the vinyl version.
A team of guitarists have contributed to this record, including Aaron Barber, Phil Angotti, Brian Leach, former Buddha's Pamela Richardson and Todd Lazar and Greg Curvey of The Luck of Eden Hall. Sneak reviews have cited the record as a garage psych tour de force.
The Red Plastic Buddha can be found on Pandora Radio, Spotify, Rhapsody, LastFM, and many other Internet and college radio stations. The debut 'Sunflower Sessions' and 'All Out Revolution' can be purchased directly via Space Cat Records website, as well as Bandcamp, Rhapsody, SpadeKitty.com
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