Like food of the gods, rock ‘n’ roll nourishes the soul. Offering holy communion, Crobot proudly personify a trinity of “meat, strings, and emotion” within their music and during the raucous and raging gigs they remain known for. Striking a delicate balance between hard-charging riffs, ass-shaking funk, and out-of-this-world reflective stage attire, the Pennsylvania quartet—Brandon Yeagley [lead vocals, harmonica], Chris Bishop [guitar, vocals], and Dan Ryan [drums], satisfy starvation for sonic sustenance on their fourth full-length and 2019 debut for Mascot Label Group, Motherbrain. James Lascu and Eddie Collins share the role of touring bassist for Crobot.
Crobot continue to fill a void. Since emerging in 2011, the group have quietly cemented themselves among the rising rock vanguard. Following the 2012 debut Legend of the Spaceborne Killer and 2014’s Something Supernatural, the musicians made waves with Welcome To Fat City in 2016. Consequence of Sound praised the title track as “a stomping slice of doom,” and Classic Rock bestowed a coveted 4-out-of-5-star rating on the album, going on to claim, “Welcome To Fat City is a mighty leap forward for Crobot, an ebullient masterclass.” Not to mention, they received acclaim from AXS, New Noise Magazine, and more as total album streams surpassed the 1-million-mark. Along the way, Crobot toured with the likes of Anthrax, Clutch, Black Label Society, Volbeat, Chevelle, Motorhead, The Sword, and more in addition to appearing on ShipRocked! and at numerous other festivals.
During late 2017, the boys started to write what would become Motherbrain. Signing to Mascot Records, the group went from writing at Chris’ spot in Austin, TX to Marietta, GA where they holed up in the studio with Corey Lowery [Seether, Saint Asonia, Sevendust, Stereomud] for a month. The producer’s direction to embrace the dark side took life, while Brandon delivered some of the most emotive recordings Crobot has delivered to date.
Crobot to me is a stoner rock genius. I mean that in the best way possible. I've been following this bands work since 2017 when I saw them at Chicago Open Air. They've been growing and improving ever since, they just keep getting better.
I don't even mean just musically, even though Motherbrain is one of my favorite records of this year ( click here for my review). This band from the first time I saw them back in 2017 to last week when I saw them open for Steel Panther have improved their stage show drastically.
That's not saying it was bad by any means, these guys just keep getting their show tighter and more impressive. Brandon is a mad man on stage, running around swinging the mic around. It's so intense.
They don't let the sound lack either, they keep everything sounding studio quality while jumping off amps, carrying each other around or just headbanging like a bunch of ballers.
I can't express how incredible these gents are to see live, they're some of the best showmen and super underrated.
Be sure to check out Motherbrain and catch these guys on the road sometime, You won't regret it.