Episode 181: RX Bandits w/ Rich Balling

Rx Bandits are an American four-piece band from California. The band formed in 1995 in Orange County, California. They have appeared on the Vans Warped Tour, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Bamboozle, and plenty of club shows throughout the world I think.

In 2001, after touring on their third album “Progress”, Rich left the band, citing frustrations he had with certain aspects of the music industry. He later went to form The Sound of Animals Fighting. They released a trilogy of records between 2004 and 2008, and performed only four live shows, following their second release in 2006. The band’s live lineup consisted of 12 different musicians and they often employed the use of animal masks to conceal their identity.

Rich slid into my DMs on IG a while back after he found the Donuts N’ Glory interview (Episode 114) and we’ve been chatting about old scene stuff since then. I wanted to find out about his days in RX Bandits and The Sound of Animals Fighting, so I asked him onto the podcast, he said yes, and this is what we chat about:

  • Donuts N Glory
  • Flyers
  • How The Sound of Animals Fighting got their sound
  • Shame about the masks
  • No Knife
  • Nick from Link 80 writing him a letter
  • The ska band shame
  • Rejection letter from Mike Park
  • How they got on Drive Thru
  • Fenix TX
  • The Gadjets
  • Finch
  • Being on the Bloodhound Gang’s CD
  • And a ton more

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“Progress” Drive Thru Records

Revolution On Canvas: Poetry From the Indie Music Scene

Volume 1

Volume 2

The Sound of Animals Fighting

“Tiger & the Duke” Equal Vision Records

“Lover, the Lord Has Left Us” Equal Vision Records

“The Ocean and the Sun” Epitaph Records


“S/T” Hydra Head

“Pyramids with Nadja” Hydra Head

“Pyramids/Horseback: A Throne Without a King” Hydra Head

“Mamiffer/Pyramids” Hydra Head

“A Northern Meadow” Profound Lore

Sailors With Wax Wings

“S/T” Angel Oven Records

White Moth

“S/T” Angel Oven Records

Hospital Gown


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