Crobot w/ Ape Machine *CANCELLED*
* Due to a bus breakdown, this event has unfortunately been cancelled. *
I just about dropped the phone when I first heard the vocals out of the mouth of Brandon Yeagley, the lead singer of this Pennsylvania-based dirty-groove rock band. Take at least a quick listen to them, they're astounding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tBeZUjmp6Y.
This show is for 15+ w/ parent or guardian, or 18+ otherwise. Full bar is available to those 21+ with valid ID.
Tickets are $15, and can be bought at JeromeTickets.com, or at Diamondz. They are gonna go fast, and day of show they're $20, so don't procrastinate! You can also get a reserved seat for $25.
--- CROBOT ---
There was a time when rock radio was dominated by great riffs. From Deep Purples Smoke On the Water and Derek And The Dominoes Layla to Soundgardens Black Hole Sun and Rage Against The Machines Killing In The Name Of it was all about that unmistakable guitar sound that instantly identified a band or song.
The four members of Crobot Brandon Yeagley (lead vocals), Chris Bishop (guitar), Jake Figueroa (bass) and Paul Figueroa (drums) have united to bring that back.
Blending funk, blues, metal and good old-fashioned rock and roll into a howling vortex of Yeagleys vocals, Bishops guitar and the Figueroas backbone, Crobot have crafted an album of endless good time rock hooks that sound as inspired today as they would have on AOR radio in 1974.
We grew up with the same riff rock and its seemingly lacking in todays music. We really seem to like the rock of old and felt that was missing, Yeagley says.
It seems like once we started jamming we didnt try to find a certain sound or didnt try to write a certain style, thats just the stuff that came out cause thats the shit that we like, the stuff that we listen to. It was much more of a subconscious effort. Crobot defined itself, Jake adds.
That seamless chemistry between the quartet is evident throughout their eponymous four-song EP, which serves as an introduction to the bands upcoming Something Supernatural album, due out this October. Before getting to the, well, mystical bond, first a little back story: Yeagley and Bishop were playing together in Crobot with two other members, while Jake and Paul were in other bands. We played shows together and we realized we wanted Jake and Paul in the band for it to work and we got them, Bishop says. Just jamming together it was natural and clicked right off the bat. With Jake and Paul we were on the same train going the same direction, from the beginning.
With the Figueroa brothers in the fold, Crobot found its voice. Once Jake and Paul came into the band a little over a year ago everything started coming a lot easier just because they were already in a band that was similar to Crobot, Bishop says. We all played on shows together so it was nice to have an idea and then someone to expand off of that idea. So once that started happening we realized, This is what Crobot is.
Crobot is a band that can rock at all tempos. Whether its the slow-building groove of Skull Of Geronimo, a methodical sludge-rocker that calls to mind Soundgarden in the chorus or the more up-tempo funkified Nowhere To Hide, a track that sounds like the Black Crowes driving a Camaro, Crobot display stellar musicianship and lyrical depth.
For example, on Queen Of The Light, the powerful closing track of Something Supernatural, Yeagley sings the story of a girl yearning for a new life. She lives the darkest life/but all she wants to be is the queen of the light, he sings against the plaintive wailing of the slow-moving melody. Its one of the songs destined to strike a deep chord with fans in the same way the single Nowhere To Hide has become a good-time anthem.
Nowhere To Hide, was another one of the first songs we had written. We were jamming ideas and pulling ideas from other songs that we had jammed on and it came together, Paul says. It was organic.
Nowhere To Hide is one of the songs Yeagley cites as getting his feet wiggling. And he promises that on Something Supernatural there will be plenty more grooves to get fans moving, as those whove experienced Crobot live have already seen.
Night Of The Sacrifice is one thats coming out off the full length and that always gets me excited to play, he says. Its usually the introduction to the funkier side of what we do in our set, its usually the first funky track that we play. So its really exciting to switch that mode from more riff based stuff towards to the classic metal sounding stuff with the heavier side of things and to flip flop and see peoples reactions when we totally hit the other end of the spectrum with the funky stuff.
Musically, Skull Of Geronimo is one Yeagley sees as being undeniably representative of Crobot. Thats a little on the heavier end of the spectrum, but its still got that funkiness to it, he says. And lyrically, Wizards might be the Crobot statement song.
Its an epic tale of two wizards. One is on the side of wizardry and technology while the other is the side of natural spiritual wizardry and its a clash of funkiness and classic metal too in the same sense. So its a battle of epic proportions on all sides, he says. Its just a song that fulfills all the ends of the spectrum of what Crobot is.
Then there is the storytelling ability they show on a song like La Mano De Lucifer, a Biblical tale that starts off, A failed rebellion/against the one creator/exiled to the fire.
To show all sides of Crobot takes a lot. This is a band that displays their pot-smoking proudly, like on the humorous Twitter post, Warning, Crobots music has been known to turn you to stoned.
As another side of the band, Yeagley is a devout sci-fi buff. Asked what one film Crobot does the score for, he replies without hesitation, 2001: A Space Odyssey. That movie has its own special place amongst the sci-fi world. And for contemporary sci-fi he picks Enders Game. Im such a huge fan of that series and to see that come to life on film was really cool. Its got battles of epic proportions and everything you love about sci-fi, just nails it, he says.
In a recent interview with a popular Chicago website the band was asked about the four-song CROBOT EP first, then waiting on the album. Their response: We are gentlemen so we wanted to ease the tip in first.
And asked if they were born in the wrong era musically Jake nailed it. I thought about it but then I realized the weed is WAYYYY better now.
A modern rock band with a sense of humor, as well as their own hot sauce, CROBOT has already been making their mark among peers with their wild live performances. But for Crobot, at the end of the day, it is all about the sound.
All I care about is that people walk away after hearing the album thinking, Man, Crobot is the funkiest, heaviest band Ive ever heard, Bishop says.
--- Ape Machine ---
The name APE MACHINE is a nod to the days of reel-to-reel magnetic tape audio recording; a fitting moniker for the heavy-hitting quartet as the band plays through vintage tube amplifiers and lays down its songs using exclusively throwback quality studio equipment. With a heady mix of animal aggression and technical precision, APE MACHINE's music carries an organic depth and warmth rarely heard since the time of rock's glorious early years (or your Dad's bad ass record collection) infused with an exceptional modern sensibility. When the mystical lyrics of vocalist Caleb Heinze lock in with the band's stone-cold groove, APE MACHINE demonstrates an earth-shaking ability to rock. A true four-piece, the group has been called "a rock and roll band with a finger on the pulse of the 70's and their asses firmly in the present" and "real heavy-psych for the iPhone generation" that delivers "true guts and glory rock and roll."
Blending equal parts Rock n Roll, Blues, Stoner Rock and Psychedelia, Ape Machine is out to melt faces and pound the apathy out of otherwise jaded listeners with a wall of heavy rock n roll tones unheard since the days of bell bottoms, long hair and blaring tube amplifiers.
Ape Machine's mission is to combine intense melody, cutting riffs and blistering live improvisation. Where many bands rely on meticulously rehearsed, just-like-the-record-parts, Ape Machine provides a live experience that is as unique as each evening it shares with an audience.
Diamondz Event Center (View)
220 W. Main St
Jerome, ID 83338
|Minimum Age: 15|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|