Here is why you need to jump on the Groove Train with Crobot.
I first heard about these crazy rockers as I was gearing up for Shiprocked 2015. After seeing them on the cruise, they quickly became one of my favorite bands to jam. So, here are some of my top reasons why you need to check them out:
1). The Band.
Crobot, from Pottsville, Pennsylvania, is comprised of Brandon Yeagley (lead vocals and harmonica), Chris Bishop (guitar and vocals), and brothers Jake Figueroa (bass) and Paul Figueroa (drums). In 2013, they were signed to Wind-Up Records and have released two albums since. One of the best things about these guys is they are from a small town which is less than 100 miles away from my home.
2). The Sound.
You don’t find many bands like them with the sound they have. It’s rock mixed with a cool groove sound and some awesome harmonica thrown in the mix, and I love it. Weather you’re listening to it in your house, car, or live, it makes you want to move. Even now as I write this article, I can’t help but bob my head and jam out a little. If you give them a listen I promise you won’t regret it.
3). The Music.
Thus far Crobot has released three albums to date. Legends of the Spaceborne Killer (2012) was released prior to being signed by Wind-Up Records. Something Supernatural (2014) is comprised of my favorite songs, “Nowhere to Hide” and “The Necromancer.” They followed up with Welcome to Fat City (2016), which has great songs like the album title “Welcome to Fat City” and “Not for Sale.”
4). Live Performances.
As I said earlier, I first heard about Crobot in 2014 gearing up for Shiprocked 2015. I gave them a listen and I liked them, but the determining factor was the live performance. I have listened to so many bands I thought sounded good on their album, but when I saw them live they just were not the same. This most definitely was not the case with Crobot. The live show kicked major butt with so much energy from the band and front-man Brandon Yeagley. It was hands down one of the best performances I saw on the cruise in 2015. I will make a point to attend both performances on board SR17.
I think they are just a great fun-sounding band. When you listen to them it flows really well, no one instrument is drowning out the others or the vocals. They truly have a unique sound and it works perfectly for them. No matter what kind of mood you’re in you can listen to them.
If you have never heard of them I encourage you to listen and see if you like what you hear. If you like their songs go see them live. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. They may not be a huge act right now, but this is a band you definitely will want to keep a close eye on. I see nothing but big things from them in the future. I hope to see them touring with more bands in 2017 in support of their latest album release and, hopefully, on some more festival line ups.
Photos courtesy of various and assorted Shiprockers. Yes, this is what you can expect on a Shiprocked Cruise!