January 15, 2014
INSECTS VS. ROBOTS HITS THE ROAD
VINYL EDITION OF SELF-TITLED RELEASE DUE THIS SPRING
(LOS ANGELES) Insects vs. Robots, the genre-defying group that’s been described as “psychedelic freak-folk-rock space-punk gnome-orchestra music,” has announced a string of tour dates in support of their 2013 critically acclaimed self-titled release, which will see its vinyl release this spring.
While more dates are being finalized, the Los Angeles-bred sextet’s next shows are slated for January 23 at Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice, California (returning for two more dates in March); February 24 at The Echo (opening for Kera & the Lesbians) in Echo Park, California; March 13 as part of the SXSW Heartbreaker Banquet in Luck, Texas; and April 2 at The Wiltern (opening for Willie Nelson) in Los Angeles.
For those who haven’t heard the eclectic band yet, just one glance at the credits of their lineup gives great insight into their unique brand of psychedelic orchestral musical mayhem. The lineup goes like this: J. Micah Nelson on charango, guitar, vocals, percussion, noises, whispers, and drums; Jeff “FEJ” Smith on bass and grooves; Tony “Grandma” Peluso – drums, percussion, synths, and screams; Milo Gonzalez on electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and vocals; and Nikita Sorokin on violin, guitar, vocals, whispers, and screams.
It’s their inventive “noise, whispers, screams, and grooves” that has helped the group make its way from the artistic venues of the gritty Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park and the creative enclave that is Venice, California to national recognition on Conan O’Brien’s renowned website TeamCoco, which offered an exclusive preview of “Insects vs. Robots” in October 2013.
Los Angeles’ influential L.A. Weekly took notice as well, dubbing the group “folkapsychecanyondelic” and praising them for the ability to “make their old-timey stringed instruments sound so cosmically futuristic.”
Since forming their creative collective in 2008 and debuting live in 2009, the group has toured the West Coast, performed at high-profile outings such as Farm Aid, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, and Bridge School Benefit Concert, and released three albums – 2009’s “Geryl and the Great Homunculous,” 2011’s “Tales from the Blue House,” and their current record, 2013’s “Insects vs. Robots.”
The forthcoming vinyl release of “Insects vs. Robots,” slated for March or April, follows the November 2013 digital release made possible through a crowd-funding campaign via PledgeMusic.com. After raising 104% of the money needed, the group donated 10% of the proceeds to Sound Art; a L.A.-based non-profit organization provides free music education to children. The band is also planning a record release party for the vinyl release this spring as well.
Insects vs. Robots tour dates – more to be announced
Jan. 23, Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice, CA
Feb 24, The Echo (opening for Kera & the Lesbians), Echo Park, CA
March 11, Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice, CA
March 13, SXSW Heartbreaker Banquet, Luck, TX
March 25, Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice, CA
April 2, The Wiltern (opening for Willie Nelson) , Los Angeles, CA
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