May 13 2013
INSECTS VS. ROBOTS ARE (ALMOST) GO!
“Psychedelic freak-folk-rock space-punk gnome-orchestra”
rapidly approaches funding goal for third album.
West Coast tour commences May 16 in Silverlake, CA.
(LOS ANGELES) With a week remaining in their PledgeMusic campaign, relentlessly creative LA band Insects vs. Robots has raised over three-fourths of the funds needed to finance their upcoming third album.
Insects vs. Robots launched the campaign with a slew of incentives that only this multi-talented sextet can offer. “We have some fantastic things in store for you,” the group writes on PledgeMusic.com. The list of goodies, which pools the members’ various musical and non-musical talents, reads like a fan’s dream. In addition to limited-edition vinyl pre-orders and download bundles, Insects vs. Robots is offering signed original drawings by band member J. Micah Nelson and screen prints, handmade books, house shows, band membership (with hula hoop lessons) – and, “for one super-generous soul, a chance to become the hero in an animated short of our making.” And just added: For a $5000 donation, Micah will spend up to three days in their home painting a custom mural. This is something he’s done previously for friends, including Zeke Young (son of Neil Young).
Once funded, the band will record in an exceptional live room at an Ojai, CA studio with engineer/producer Matt Linesch (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Van Halen).
Insects vs. Robots formed in 2008, playing what they call “psychedelic freak-folk-rock space-punk” – a fever dream of acoustic and electric guitars, sundry vocalizations, bass, violin, percussion and far-out effects. They released their first CD, Geryl and the Great Homunculous in July 2009, touring primarily on the West Coast, but also venturing into other U.S. regions. The band released its sophomore album, Tales from the Blue House in 2011. Both were self-produced and recorded in the band’s Cozy Castle studio/venue/dwelling – a communal space where creativity was encouraged and nurtured.
In keeping with Insects vs. Robots’ imaginative aesthetic, the currently untitled album will be released as a multimedia music and art package. A limited-edition vinyl pressing will feature more original, band-created artwork, while the digital release will encompass videos and animation – also created by Insects vs. Robots members – inspired by the music. The inclusive, community-minded group also plans to donate 10% of the PledgeMusic funds to Sound Art, an LA-based non-profit organization provides free music education to children.
Insects vs. Robots is Tony “Grandma” Peluso (drums, synths, screams), Milo Gonzalez (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals, engineering), Jeff “FEJ” Smith (bass, grooves), Maggie Lally (vocals, hoots, hollers, screams, whoops), J. Micah Nelson (charango, guitar, vocals, percussion, vocals, noises, whispers, drums), and Nikita Sorokin (violin, guitar, vocals, whispers, screams, album cover art).
INSECTS VS. ROBOTS TOUR DATES
May 16 @ Los Globos – Silverlake, CA
May 18 @ The Malibu Inn – Malibu (w/Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R.)
May 24 @ El Cid – Silverlake, CA (w/Dorian Wood)
May 26 @ Drawing on the Moon Festival – Malibu, CA
June 1 @ Venice Townhouse – Venice, CA