"Something Supernatural" about Crobot

by - Friday, March 13, 2015

I'm always finding it hard to start a new blog post and get straight to the point of it, so this time I decided to go for something completely irrelevant to this topic. So here it is. Do you think I should cut my hair short or not? 
Oh, who am I kidding? This is a relevant question to the topic. Follow my derailed train of thought. 
Long hair take way too long to care for, so shorter would be more convenient, but then how impressive will it be for me to headbang under the sounds of Crobot if my hair is shorter than Brandon's? What's that, you haven't heard of them before? Well, let's change that!

It's not too long ago that I attended a Black Label Society concert, after which I wrote a blog post praising Zakk Wylde and his skills as a guitarist and artist in general. The opening act on that particular night was none else but Crobot and daaaaaaaamn, they rocked my socks off!!! But let's start from the beginning.

Crobot is an American hard rock band from Pottsville, Pennsylvania composed of Brandon Yeagley, Chris Bishop, Jake Figueroa and Paul Figueroa. In the Summer of 2011, Brandon Yeagley and Chris Bishop created Crobot. In 2012 the band’s original lineup self released their debut EP, The Legend of the Spaceborne Killer, along with a music video for the eponymous first single. Later that year, the rhythm section of the band was revamped with the addition of the Figueroa brothers on bass and drums. They were signed to Wind-up Records in 2013. (source Wikipedia)

I don't know if we share the same thoughts on the matter, but to me a band proves itself when they give live performances up to the standards of their studio albums. When the music is performed masterfully, the singer's vocals are on point (I've been to concerts were the singer had no shame to lip-sync over his studio album) and the whole feel of the gig is exactly what was intended to be, a pure rock/metal experience. I'm saying this although I hadn't previously listened of Crobot's work, but hell, I knew from the moment the first notes where played and Brandon started singing that I'd have to follow these guys for years to come. 

When asked, they describe their sound as dirty groove rock and I utterly agree. It reminded me a lot of stoner rock bands like Soundgarden/Rage Against the Machine, loaded with some good ol' fashioned psychedelic rock in it, Led Zeppelin/Hawkwind/Ted Nugent style. It also made me want to dance, not the jumpy kind of way but the Salma Hayek "From Dust Till Dawn" kind of way. Add to that Brandon's powerhouse vocals along with his showmanship on stage (brought in mind a mix between Robert Plant and Jim Morrison), Jake's tripping bass playing (you got a Native American shaman on stage there), Bishop's licks, tricks and sweaty riffs on the guitar (leather air freshener anyone?) and Paul's solid tempo yet fluid drumming (does that even make any sense?) and you got a band that's heading to the top. 

I was fortunate enough to have a couple of minutes with Brandon and Bishop after the end of the show, when I got to express my surprise and gratitude for their amazing performance, no matter the fact the venue was half empty when they started playing. In the end of the day, they were down to earth, friendly guys and I really dig that about them!

I would have queued, bought their album "Something Supernatural" and asked them to sign it right there and then if the rest of my group weren't in a rush to go. I did get my hands on it a week later, after placing an online order. And I tell you now, hand on heart, I have been listening to it almost non stop. At home, during commuting, at work breaks. I can't get enough of it. There's something supernaturally addictive about it. Twelve tracks, last one a bonus. They're all great, but I've already picked my favourites. Here's the list:

  1. Legend of the Spaceborne Killer
  2. Nowhere to Hide
  3. The Necromancer
  4. La Mano de Lucifer
  5. Skull of Geronimo
  6. Cloud Spiller
  7. Fly on the Wall
  8. Night of the Sacrifice
  9. Chupacabra
  10. Wizards
  11. Queen of the Night
  12. Tapdancin' on a Tightrope

If you want to know more about them and follow their current activities, here's the links to their social media, they're pretty active on all of them. 

Now if you'll excuse me, I've left a dance in the middle.

Until next time, 


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