Their first full length album, Ska.Reggae.Soul, was released in 2010 and featured a smattering of well-respected musicians including The Slackers’ Vic Ruggiero and Willy Camero, Patrick Kelly, and Jonny Meyers of The Stingers ATX. Following the release, Peña solidified his live band with musicians from the Austin and San Antonio scenes.
In November 2012, The Bandulus released their second full length album, The Times We Had, which was featured on countless top 10 lists for ska and reggae records. While staying genuine to the 60’s style traditional ska, The Times We Had keeps listeners on their toes by crossing genres, but always with heavy soul influence and heartfelt lyrics.
The band’s third full-length album, Love A Woman, was released in January 2020 and is smorgasbord of subgenre. Over 14 tracks, The Bandulus tackle early rock ‘n’ roll, channel heavy soul sounds, add Motown-style harmonies to ska beats, and put a psychedelic spin on contemporary reggae production.
The Bandulus have shared the stage with yesterdays and today’s top ska and reggae acts, including ska originators The Skatalites, The Interrupters, Inner Circle, The Wailers, The Slackers, Easy Star All Stars, The English Beat, The Aggrolites, Collie Budz, The Skints, Save Ferris, New Kingston, The Suffers, Western Standard Time, Bedouin Soundclash, The Pietasters and Los Lonely Boys. They were also a featured artist at the 2019 Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival and were a feature at the 2022 Freedom Sounds Ska festival in Cologne, Germany.
Jamaican patois for bandits, The Bandulus will steal your heart and always leave you smiling.
Though primarily classified as an instrumental reggae group, The Drastics embrace many styles of music both live and in the studio. This can be heard in their lengthy book of original material that draws from Jamaican roots music, Hard-Bop and Avant-Garde Jazz, Afrobeat, as well as folk music from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America. Take this powder keg cocktail of styles, add the pulse of gritty everyday urban living and you get one explosive sound. Not playing into any gimmicks or compromising to trends (“The Drastics deserve much credit for moving deep into unchartered territories” – allMusic Guide) The Drastics have been rocking crowds for years from NYC to LA and everywhere in between (“dub masters, The Drastics … never fail to put on a killer party” – TimeOut Chicago).