If you've never been to a Robot Child gig or you have but not for a while - make sure you don't miss the Robot Child album launch on Saturday June 14 at Caravan Club. We'll be playing all the songs of our debut album 'One More War' and will be joined by Jesse Hooper (ex Killing Heidi) on the night.
It's been an incredible 2014 for Robot Child. We played with some great Bands on our tour in May, released our Ignition Music Video directed by Clayton Jacobsen and Ignition has also been getting some spins on radio (including being Album of The Week on Triple M's Homegrown last week). This gig will be our way of saying thank you to everyone who has supported the band.
Our album, which we're very proud of will be released on June 6. It's been completed and sitting in Marty's study for some time so we're incredibly keen to share it with you. Download it on June 6 and make sure you familiarise yourself with the songs before coming down to the Robot Child album launch gig on June 6 at Caravan. Book tickets below, to avoid missing out.
We want to send a massive thanks to everyone who came and supported us on our tour in Newcastle, Sydney and Brisbane. First class male bonding was done and we performed some memorable gigs (not quite enough dates to justify a ‘tour tshirt’ however).
First stop was Newcastle for a great old fashioned pub gig with local boys Horgeous. There was no door charge, just an assault on the punters in this pub on a saturday night… and they were well up for hearing some new music. Good on The Lass O’Gowrie for supporting live music.
Early next morning, we took the train to Sydney. It took just over two hours and was quite a picturesque journey.
On Sunday we played with a whole bunch of talented people as part of Scorcherfest at the Valve Bar. It was a daylong thing, so we had to take a few timeouts, to sit in the bar upstairs and mix things up by watching a bit of NRL. We picked up some inside knowledge from the locals. Manly aren’t really such a popular team for example…
When we finally hit the stage, Wal got a bit too excited and poorly executed a leap during Ignition, putting a hole in the roof with his head. Jeff performed a quick concussion test, which Waleed passed and the gig carried on but it was a tough act to follow.
Whilst we were in Sydney, Waleed worked his contacts to get some tickets to a live recording of Q and A. Dan, Jeff and Dave went into the Guinness Book Of Records as the first rock band in history to take time out of a rock tour to listen to an all female panel discuss women’s rights.
The long drive from Sydney to Byron Bay was punctuated by some philosophical discussions in the car. No conclusions were reached obviously but it passed the time. When we reached the hotel room we set up a makeshift studio in our hotel room. Dan had to settle for a Garageband drum kit but battled on manfully, earning himself a round of applause when he finished one run through with an Ipad drum roll.
We gave ourselves the next day off to chill out in Byron (very easy to do) and then drive up to the Gold Coast and hit the Surf. On the way, it emerged (via facebook) that it was Jeff’s birthday. Out of respect, the rest of the day was devoted to mini golf and Daytona.
Last stop was Beetle Bar in Brisbane. It’s a great venue for live music. It looks a little bit like it’s out of the Wild West with wooden floors and a big high ceiling but the PA is fantastic and the bands sounded great.
Thanks to all the Brisbane bands that helped us out on our last night and at the other stops on the tour – Super Kaleida, After Gryce, The Royales and Horgeous in particular. We had a great time and hope to do it again soon.
Sandpit music video
All hell breaks loose in Sandpit, Robot Child's first song released from their upcoming debut album One More War. It begins with two children playing in the sandpit. 'You stay in your corner and I'll stay here in mine' and "the world is a happy place" they agree. But the bass and drums march menacingly, in lock step, towards something sinister. in the blink of an eye, the children are competing for domination, with Wortman screaming in the chorus “just let me have my way now, play with me”- the request has become a command.
The themes of Sandpit echo into wars and conflicts in the real world that are based on our childish impulses. Nations at war with one another demand to be left alone behind a wall of sovereignty in one moment, then assert a right to interfere and dominate the next. Just because we get older, it doesn't always mean we grow up. There's an Donald Rumsfeld quote at the end of Sandpit: it doesn't take a genius to kill unarmed, civilian people. It's a comment on terrorism but also our capacity to rush headlong into any kind of conflict where the consequences may be dire.
The Sandpit music video was created and animated by drummer Dan Slater's brother- Matt Slater. It presents an innocent game of toy soldiers and a desert war taking place simultaneously. The two worlds are divided on either side of an hourglass and melt into each other. Live action footage in the final moments of the Sandpit music video are a chilling reminder that these events are not entirely fictional.
Unfortunately, not all the reviews of Robot Child's upcoming album One More War have been positive. Their neighbour shares his impressions of the album tracks in this candid video
Let us know what you think of Sandpit or the Sandpit music video below and BUY THE SONG NOW ON ITUNES
There is possibly no greater day than Australia Day - a day where we can express our love for this country, and a day where we don't have to work. BBQ's? You betchya. Beers? Well, maybe not for Wal... and Jeff will probably have a cider.
The JJJ Hottest 100 has become another Australia Day tradition, but as much as I like the idea, it doesn't feel very Australian. To clarify: it's usually celebrated in Aussie style but the sound of the day is likely to consist of bleeping synths, too much reverb, tiny weak mustaches and tiresome banjos.
Here are 20 classic Aussie tracks to smash on Australia Day. I decided to leave out a few obvious Aussie anthems in favour of vibe, spirit and melody. I've also gone for set list flow rather than best to worst! What would you chuck in?
1 Solid rock - Goanna
2 This is Australia - Gangajang
3 Beds are burning - Midnight Oil
4 Come said the boy - Mondo Rock
5 Overkill - Men at Work
6 Forever now - Cold Chisel
7 Lonesome loser - Little River Band
8 Friday on my mind - Easybeats
9 April sun in Cuba - Dragon
10 Great southern land - Icehouse
11 Who can it be now? - Men at Work
12 That's when I think of you - 1927
13 Take me back - Noiseworks
14 Take the pressure down - John Farnham
15 Helping hand - Screaming Jets
16 Hells Bells - ACDC
17 Ego is not a dirty word - Skyhooks
18 Second solution - The Living End
19 Never tear us apart - INXS
20 Evie parts 1, 2 & 3 - Stevie Wright
Leave a comment below if you think I've made a glaring omission.
We've decided to try our hand at musical theatre again, as we get together for a production of Rent which is on 16 - 20th of December 2013. The band are currently learning the Rock musical's score while I'm rehearsing for the role of Roger - a struggling musician who is overcoming a drug addiction and dealing with the suicide of his girlfriend after discovering that they are both HIV positive.
Waleed and Jeff in The Wall
This is the same group of talented people who came together to stage The Wall in 2009, attracting Pink Floyd fans from all over Australia.
I'm wrapt to announce that Mark Howard will play the role of Mark Cohen too. Mark is the lead singer of Melbourne band Bridgewater. We worked on a school production of Jesus Christ Superstar way back in 1996. A closer examination of the old VHS tape may be in order but if you're asking me for a comparison, I think we might have shaded Farnham and Stevens...
Money raised from this production will go to Possible Dreams International, an organisation that partners rural and remote communities in Swaziland, Southern Africa to empower families and individuals living with extreme poverty, malnutrition and endemic disease.partners with rural and remote communities in Swaziland, Southern Africa to empower families and individuals living with extreme poverty, malnutrition and endemic disease.
Tickets are on sale now and will sell out pretty quickly. Look forward to seeing you there.
We suffered a few bouts of 'cabin fever' during the weeks of tracking of our album One More War at 'Studios in the City'. Even given the outstanding personal hygiene of my band mates, it was challenging to be in a confined space with together for hours at a time. On top of this, the serious vocal tracking happens once everything else is done, so I had time on my hands.
By day 3, I had devised the tonic - a cheap plastic cricket set from K Mart. When we needed to clear our heads, the back alley in Brunswick became the theatre of dreams.
Now Waleed has some form with the bat. I remember at school he was straight into the first 11 when he was 16 and everyone thought he was gods gift (I played tennis). I knew there was a real chance he would bat all day if we sent him in.
I sensed a quick kill with our keyboard player Rusty though and so I got Marty to film this delivery with stunning results. Marvel at how I plot his demise, just as Shane Warne did all those times with Daryl Cullinan.
Now, what was I talking about? Oh yeah, the album. It's out in April.