July 19, 2013
INSECTS VS. ROBOTS CONTINUE CREATIVE ONSLAUGHT
Multitalented band mastering third album, plans video game,
new band-designed merch and Farm Aid.
IVR’s J. Micah Nelson poses with father and brother
for designer John Varvatos’ latest campaign.
(LOS ANGELES) In a band of visionaries, the ideas flow. While Insects vs. Robots continues work on their hotly anticipated third album, the multifaceted crew has even more irons in the fire.
Fresh from making tons of new fans with their psychedelic freak-folk-rock space-punk and far-out live shows in Texas, Insects vs. Robots has returned home to California to complete the currently untitled record. “We made tons of new friends and fans in Austin and Fort Worth,” reports band member J. Micah Nelson. “We are in the Ojai studio today, doing final mixes on the album and then mastering next week in Los Angeles!” Upon wrapping up the record with engineer/producer Matt Linesch (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes), the group will produce special vinyl-only physical releases – with artwork by the band – in addition to a digital version.
Nelson also reveals that Insects vs. Robots, whose collective talents include sketching, painting, animation and filmmaking, are branching out into video games. Expect details on IvR: Tone Quest soon. In the meantime, the band is developing ideas for music videos, creating a new t-shirt design from Micah’s Etch-A-Sketch art and developing new merchandise to sell at shows. Insects vs. Robots’ next appearances will be in LA at a repurposed Victorian Mansion called HM157 on July 21, as well as the previously announced Farm Aid show in September. The band is also discussing Northwest and East Coast tours that month.
Micah Nelson also posed with his father, legendary icon Willie Nelson and his brother Lukas Nelson for fashion designer John Varvatos’ new campaign. The black-and-white images were shot in Des Moines, Iowa by distinguished photographer Danny Clinch at the historic Salisbury House, where the three sharply dressed Nelsons epitomize a stately family portrait.
Insects vs. Robots formed in 2008 and commenced “cultivating a universe for creative people.” Their sound – a fever dream of acoustic and electric guitars, sundry vocalizations, bass, violin, percussion and far-out effects – and festival-like shows expand that cosmos into a community of like-minded artists and musicians. The fan base united to help Insects vs. Robots finance the upcoming record via PledgeMusic.com. The band, in turn, created a slew of special artwork and other rewards for donors.
Insects vs. Robots is Tony “Grandma” Peluso (drums, synths, screams), Milo Gonzalez (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals), Jeff “FEJ” Smith (bass, grooves), J. Micah Nelson (charango, guitar, vocals, percussion, vocals, noises, whispers, drums), and Nikita Sorokin (violin, guitar, vocals, whispers, screams).
For more information, visit www.insectsvsrobots.bandcamp.com.