September 26, 2013
INSECTS VS. ROBOTS FINISHES ALBUM, PLAYS FARM AID
Multitalented “psychedelic freak-folk space-gnome orchestra” wraps record, heads to New York.
(LOS ANGELES) It’s alive! Eclectic quintet Insects vs. Robots has spawned their third album.
Funded by fans via PledgeMusic.com, the focused but frenzied six-track, self-titled collection is mixed, mastered and almost out the door. All it awaits are the finalization of business details and the completion of band-created multimedia touches that will complete the multi-sensory Insects vs. Robots experience. A limited-edition vinyl pressing will feature original cover art by IvR violinist Nikita Sorokin, band-created artwork, while the digital release will encompass videos and animation – also created by IvR members – inspired by the music. But “right now we are just sending the digital album to industry folks and labels,” says band member J. Micah Nelson.
The new record finds Insects vs. Robots further exploring their musical horizons. The three-part, eleven-minute epic, “Eucatastrophe” exemplifies the band’s creative rekindling. Starting in barefoot acoustic territory, it’s a push-and-pull through feverish peaks and mellow valleys. “I’d originally written it on charango,” Micah says, “then [guitarist] Milo [Gonzalez] ran with it and we brought it to the band. Once everyone gave their input, it became really beautiful.” Actually, most of the songs – like schizophrenic “Time to Rest” and freaky “Fej Gruv” – materialized that way. “Sometimes the foundations or skeletons of our songs just pop up out of the ground during jams or manifest out of thin air like spirits,” Micah says. “We have to catch them and then add the flesh and blood… and get to really know what their souls are.”
Never ones to rest on laurels, Insects vs. Robots also played several shows in New York as preparation for a tour behind the still-unnamed album. Prior to their appearance at Farm Aid 2013 on September 21, IvR played in Port Chester with Willie Nelson (Micah’s father). Afterward, the group plans to play a show or two on their own in NY. They are even working on their days off. “We played on Sirius XM radio,” says Micah of Insects vs. Robots’ appearance on Freewheelin’, which aired Monday the 24th on Sirius XM channel 128, Road Dog Trucking Radio. And in true IvR fashion, “We then busked in Washington Square Park and made new fans/friends.”
Insects vs. Robots, whose collective talents include illustration, painting, animation, poetry and filmmaking, are also continue to work on a video game – IvR: Tone Quest. In addition, the band is developing ideas for music videos, creating a new t-shirt design from Micah’s illustrations and developing new merchandise to sell at shows.
Insects vs. Robots formed in 2008, immediately birthing “a universe for creative people.” Their sound – a swirling vortex of trippy sounds – acoustic and electric guitars, vocals and vocalizations, bass, violin, percussion and far-out effects – fuels communal, inclusive performances that make instant fans of anyone in attendance.
Insects vs. Robots is Tony “Grandma” Peluso (drums, synths, screams), Milo Gonzalez (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals, engineering), 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.
- Eucatastrophe (I. No Beginning/ II. Laser Cloud/ III. Crumble & Sigh)
- Fej Gruv
- Evil Bounce
- Time To Rest
- Sepanoze (So Far Gone)
INSECTS vs. ROBOTS FALL TOUR DATES
9/19: Port Chester, NY (w/Willie Nelson)
9/20: Saratoga, NY (pre-Farm Aid gathering)
9/21: Farm Aid – Saratoga, NY
9/28: The Deer Lodge – Ojai, CA
11/2: The Lyric – Silverlake, CA (Halloween show)