Crobot

Sounding like a relic of an era when fuzz-drenched hard rock was delivered with greasy swagger and reckless abandon, Crobot were formed in 2012 by guitarist Chris Bishop and singer Brandon Yeagley. From their home base of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, the pair self-released an EP, The Legend of Spaceborne Killer, before solidifying their lineup with brothers Jake and Paul Figueroa, who handle bass and drums, respectively. Crobot set about refining their crunchy, riff-driven sound, and in 2013 they signed to Wind-Up Records, which released the quartet's groove-heavy, self-titled EP in 2014, followed in October of that year by their debut studio long-player Something Supernatural. Their second full-length, Welcome to Fat City, was released in 2016 on Nuclear Blast. Following its release, original lineup members Jake and Paul Figueroa departed the group, replaced in mid-2017 by bassist James Alexander Lascu and drummer Dan Ryan. Led by a darker thematic focus, the group's content began to shift away from the fictional and metaphorical lyricism of their earlier material, with studio sessions resulting in grittier, reality-driven narratives. Crobot's third studio album, the first to feature the new bandmates, was teased with a bleak trailer in November of 2017 under the title Rat Child. In early 2019, this title was scrapped in favor of Motherbrain and released in August later that year. ~ Gregory Heaney & David Crone

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