Raised By Robots' music is dynamic and urgent, yet thoughtful and cinematic. The audience will leave a live show knowing that this is a band they need to tell their friends about. In fact, the reader of this paragraph will leave this paragraph wanting...
Raised By Robots' music is dynamic and urgent, yet thoughtful and cinematic. The audience will leave a live show knowing that this is a band they need to tell their friends about. In fact, the reader of this paragraph will leave this paragraph wanting to read more about this band
Raised By Robots is a rock and roll band from San Francisco/Oakland that suckles lovingly on the teat of multitudinous influences - among them early 90s indie, soul, post punk, country, and hip hop - and ameliorates that disparate mash into a sonic reformation. RBR takes nods from certain acts - Why?, Okkervil River, Al Green, Johnny Cash, Thee More Shallows, Menomena, Jamie Lidell, Ms. John Soda, Tapes N Tapes, Sly, The Flaming Lips, The Arcade Fire, DJ Shadow, Damon Albarn, The Beach Boys - but have created something wholly unique. This band also believes strongly in an energetic & charismatic live show, which it has brought to fans in the bay area and up and down the west coast.
Raised by Robots- The Auctioneer by West Coast Performer Reputedly composed of two landscape architects and a chemical engineer, San Francisco trio Raised by Robots shares its discovery of the ultimate in after-work creativity on the kitchen sink debut...
Raised by Robots “The Auctioneer” by RetroLowFi Raised by Robots’s debut record, The Auctioneer was just released by Doom Candy Music. And it’s certainly an interesting listen. The record is heavily influenced by Dischord Records bands,...
Raised by Robots- The Auctioneer by West Coast Performer Reputedly composed of two landscape architects and a chemical engineer, San Francisco trio Raised by Robots shares its discovery of the ultimate in after-work creativity on the kitchen sink debut The Auctioneer.
The album at first falls prey to a diagnosis of multiple personality disorder, but further listening reveals a rather fun fusion of genres. Verses may start out in the key of rock, but that’s only before choruses groove into rap, stage dive onto punk and slow dance with soul. The bass-guitar-drums instrumentation remains impermeable throughout the shifting styles and numerous time changes of the album’s 12 high-energy songs, sometimes weaving a hip-hop beat into a surf guitar riff (“The Graveyard Shift”), other times allowing a grave punk intro to spark a catchy indie pop melody (“Cynicism”).
Singer/guitarist Cameron Spies, who often employs talky double-tracked vocals, isn’t afraid to get gutsy behind the mic. He adopts both a Justin Timberlake falsetto and Dose One mile-a-minute rap within the span of “A Corporeal Complex.” However, such a compelling vocal presence paired with hyperactive, attention-grabbing music often leaves Spies’ lyrics lost in the shuffle.
Album standouts include “6ircles,” which seduces with equal parts Red Hot Chili Peppers funk ballad and TV on the Radio soul song, the subtle “White Eyelids” whose urgent breakdowns and Isaac Brock staccato shouts enter Modest Mouse territory, and the contemplative “There Is Always Something Better,” which offers a sparseness that finishes the record on an epic note. While too many ingredients may initially detract listeners looking to taste a more cohesive recipe, The Auctioneer’s unique and infectious spirit makes Raised by Robots’ prognosis look good. (Self-released)
Raised by Robots “The Auctioneer” by RetroLowFi Raised by Robots’s debut record, The Auctioneer was just released by Doom Candy Music. And it’s certainly an interesting listen. The record is heavily influenced by Dischord Records bands, especially Fugazi. It’s a collection of 12 songs that combine traditional indie rock, punk, and a few hefty shots of emo. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. That’s not a bad thing, but this record doesn’t have a whole lot of diversity.
That said, it’s probably a good idea to look into the band’s pathos a bit. Here’s a description of the band Raised by Robots, courtesy of their own website. It should give you a decent idea of what to think about these guys:
Why cry out to the damaged landscape any longer? It’s populated with the fey and callous, and returns only dull echoes of our honest intent. The psyche turns inward and muddled, and we stumble through the fallen light only to discover that we stumble…But then again, some proto-human impulse lingers in the center of our heads, by the brain stem. It’s a slack-jawed, single-willed drive to “rock the shackles from our hackles,” as it were. In this semi-somnolent state, we discern a hint of a reason to wake and stretch, like transcending freaks, to the blossoming, murderous sun.
Seems a bit lofty, no? It’s kind of amusing, though, especially considering that the album contains references to Hungry, Hungry Hippos as well as lines about “jump[ing] your bones.”
At any rate, then the band’s press release states the following about the release of The Auctioneer:
. . . spins around an axis of unpretentiousness, without swelling in the mediocrity that often accompanies that word.
That’s a little bit more on target. That duality, that is.
That’s not to say that Raised by Robots doesn’t have the right to want to be lofty. Being pretentious and then claiming not to be is a bit of a cornerstone of being a hipster and those who dream of being hipsters. Of course, many hipsters have recently begun to come to grips with their own pretentiousness, but that’s a different matter altogether.