The Bandulus (BAN-DOO-LOOS) are the brainchild of Jeremy Peña, a musician from Austin, TX. With the 2006 break-up of his old band Los Skarnales and leaving the Trenchtown Texans, Jeremy decided to venture out on his own and create the traditional ska, reggae, and soul sensation that is The Bandulus.
Their first full length album, Ska.Reggae.Soul, was released in 2010 featuring a smattering of well respected musicians such as Vic Ruggiero of Slackers' fame and Willy Camero, Patrick Kelly, and Jonny Meyers of The Stingers ATX. After the release, Jeremy solidified his live band with musicians from the Austin and San Antonio scenes.
In November of 2012, The Bandulus released their second full length album entitled The Times We Had. The record was worth the wait and well received, featured on countless top 10 lists for ska and reggae records. Its unique with its heavy soul influence and heartfelt lyrics but still keeps you dancing in true Bandulus fashion. While staying genuine to the 60's style traditional ska, The Times We Had crosses and mixes genres, keeping on your toes.
The Bandulus have shared the stage with yesterdays and todays top ska and reggae acts including the originators of ska The Skatalites, Inner Circle, The Wailers, The English Beat, The Slackers, Easy Star All Stars, The Aggrolites, Collie Budz, New Kingston, The Suffers and Grammy award winners Los Lonely Boys.
Even though its been a little over 5 years since the last release, The Bandulus have tracked what is to be their third full length at Daptone Recording Studios in Brooklyn with Uzimon producer Brett Tubin. In 2015 Jeremy decided to move from Austin to Portland. Since the move, the band has started recording songs for yet another future release so be on the lookout! Jamaican patois for bandit, The Bandulus will steal your heart and always leave you smiling.
Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival 20th Anniversary FREE Showcase! @ Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
Thu. June 20th 4pm - 10pm Free
*This show is FREE, fully licensed and all-ages!*
Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival has a bit of a reputation of having bands with a whole lot of members. We know, we know. And in that knowing, we decided this year we'd challenge ourselves and see how many musicians we get on a stage in a day. To help us achieve a new best, 8-piece Peruvian ska outfit VIEJA SKINA is making their way to the festival, and to Canada, for the first time. One of Peru's most prominent ska bands, the group combines classic ska sounds with musical elements from the music of the home. We can't wait to show you all how hot this band can get the dancefloor.
Hmmm, 8 members that's a good start but it might be lacking, so, why not throw in 9 or 10 more?! (Or maybe more. We're never really sure!) Vancouver's rhythm powerhouse SALSAHALL COLLECTIVE is making the trek across the Strait for the first time and we can tell you, you do not want to miss this band! They opened up for Ozomatli at the Rickshaw this past January and they set the place on fire. Dancehall, salsa, hip-hop – whipped together and delivered with serious fire, Salsahall Collective should be on the must-see list for any serious groove lover this year. Well, we're doing pretty good so far, so let's keep this momentum and throw 15 or so more musicians onto the pile. THE CAPITAL COLLECTIVE is a veritable ska supergroup, gathering members from some of our favourite local bands – Dope Soda, Bananafish Dance Orchestra, Jon & Roy, Astrocolor, Batuque Axe, Lovecoast...and those are just the ones we know about now! We've heard rumblings of guests and surprises from this very special presentation, so we'll have to wait like everyone else! We're not entirely sure if we'll make that new best, but this you gotta agree, this is a damned good start! Expect big, big sounds this whole night and ALL FOR FREE in our beautiful Inner Harbour. You have zero reason to miss this...
And be sure to grab tickets for the Cherry Poppin' Daddies rocking Distrikt with Apex Breaks and Stephen Lewis right after the harbour!