RX Bandits have had an absurdly long career. Born out of the Orange County scene in the mid-’90s — the place and time to be for pop-punk and ska’s nth revival — they’ve been kickin’ around for close to 20 years.

In the mid-’90s, bands with horns were a big deal. This was especially true in and around Southern California, where Reel Big Fish, Save Ferris, and The Aquabats all incubated, some graduating to major-label glory. Though they’ve never been ska in the strictest definition, RX Bandits were part of the same community and, sonically, weren’t too far removed from it. The band broke through to indie fans in the late ’90s with Halfway Between Here and There, released on pop-punk hub Drive-Thru Records. Ever a California band, they’ve crossed paths with some local acts, too: Over the years, members have collaborated with locals like Mike Park of Asian Man and members of Link 80 (remember them?)

Now long past the point where most bands go their separate ways, RX Bandits have stuck around. Even more astoundingly, they still sound roughly the same, with a little more maturity. They’re now part of the Sargent House family of heavy, brooding artists, which seems like a fitting home for a band you watched grow up. Though they’ve always been pretty moody, they furious guitars still make you wanna get in the pit. As much as we all like to pretend we’ve moved on from our pop-punk youth, you can’t deny this stuff is fun.

Your chance to do so arrives on September 24, when they’ll be hitting the UC Theatre with And So I Watch You From Afar to celebrate 10 years of …And The Battle Begun (their second 10-year anniversary tour they’ve ever done). We’ve got some tickets to give away below. Enter to win and come ready to dance.

To enter for a chance to win tickets to see RX Bandits at The UC Theatre on September 24, email contest@thebaybridged.com with “RX Bandits” in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email.

RX Bandits, And So I Watch You From Afar
The UC Theatre
September 24, 2016
8pm, $22.50