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Here Come The Bots

the bots
 

The Bots – Tour Preview

There seems to be a tag line thrown around in pop culture every 15 years or so that deems “Rock is Dead”.
 

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I heard it during the rise of Hip-Hop…. during the late 90’s early 2000’s when Britney and Fred Durst were dating, and recently with the onset of Dubstep and Skrillex’s rad hairdo. And then, more often than not, the backlash hits and a movement brings everything back to the basics, the fervor of something new dissipates, and the foundation of that blues based music just doesn’t crumble. It happened with the late 70’s punk movement, with the early 90’s Seattle movement, it was there with The White Stripes and The Black Keys showed up, and the rock ‘n roll faithful seem to be coming back to the fold with The Bots.

The Bots are two brothers from Los Angeles, guitarist and vocalist, Mikaiah and Drummer, Anaiah Lei. Their sound crosses boundaries between the snarkiest punk and garage rock, combined with the muddiest blues and soul one could find. As if Bad Brains and Son House were liquefied, blended and force fed to Elvis with a sprig of Isley Brothers.

Their live shows are intense, and frenetic, offering a youthful energy and enthusiasm, touring and gaining accolades with acts as diverse as Blur, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, and The Dillinger Escape Plan. The Bots began recording and touring at the ripe ages of 12 and 15, and have since been featured in nearly every rock magazine as the next big thing in music. Still in their late teens with 3 self-released albums, they were picked up by Fader Records and released the 4-song EP Sincerely Sorry in 2013.

A string of festival tours including The Vans Warped Tour, Coachella, and Fun Fun Fun Fest, cemented their name on the cusp of something big. In October, 2014 the band released their feature length debut, Pink Palms, to critical acclaim and positive reviews. The Bots hometown paper, The Los Angeles Times, dubbed the record; “a mash of frenetic garage rock and lush indie rock” and I couldn’t agree more.

The Bots are hitting the road this summer support the co-headlining Deftones and Incubus venture alongside Death From Above 1979. The full tour is listed below, and it features the following Florida dates:
8/13 MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre Tampa, FL
8/14 Coral Sky Amphitheater West Palm Beach, FL

Mayor Peach

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SUMMER 2015 TOUR
With INCUBUS, DEFTONES, and DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979

* W/ DFA 1979 ONLY
^ W/ INCUBUS AND DEFTONES ONLY

FRIDAY, JULY 17 *
THE NORVA, NORFOLK, VA

SATURDAY, JULY 18 *
THE NATIONAL, RICHMOND, VA

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22
DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE, CLARKSTON, MI

THURSDAY, JULY 23 ^
FIRST MIDWEST BANK AMPHITHEATRE, TINLEY PARK, IL

FRIDAY, JULY 24 *
MERCURY BALLROOM, LOUISVILLE, KY

SATURDAY, JULY 25
RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER, CINCINNATI, OH

SUNDAY, JULY 26
LAWN AT WHITE RIVER STATE PARK, INDIANAPOLIS, IN

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 ^
EDGEFEST AT TD ECHO BEACH, TORONTO, ON

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 ^
BANK OF NEW HAMPSHIRE PAVILION AT MEADOWBROOK, GILFORD, NH

MONDAY, AUGUST 3 *
ALTAR BAR, PITTSBURGH, PA

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4
PNC BANK ARTS CENTER, HOLMDEL, NJ

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5
NIKON AT JONES BEACH THEATER, WANTAGH, NY

FRIDAY, AUGUST 7
XFINITY CENTER, MANSFIELD, MA

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8
SUSQUEHANNA BANK CENTER, CAMDEN, NJ

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9
PNC MUSIC PAVILION, CHARLOTTE, NC

MONDAY, AUGUST 10 *
THE RITZ, RALEIGH, NC

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12
AARON’S AMPHITHEATRE AT LAKEWOOD, ATLANTA, GA

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13
MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION AMPHITHEATRE, TAMPA, FL

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14
CORAL SKY AMPHITHEATER, WEST PALM BEACH, FL

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16
BOLD SPHERE MUSIC AT CHAMPIONS SQUARE, NEW ORLEANS, LA

MONDAY, AUGUST 17
AUSTIN360 AMPHITHEATER, AUSTIN, TX

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18 *
PAPER TIGER, SAN ANTONIO, TX

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19
CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILION PRESENTED BY HUNTSMAN, HOUSTON, TX

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20
GEXA ENERGY PAVILION, DALLAS, TX

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21
HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATRE, MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO

MONDAY, AUGUST 24
RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE, MORRISON, CO

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26
SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA

Jake Kilmer Six Pack Interview With RARA’s Farm

Jake Kilmer Six Pack Interview

Drummer Jake Kilmer of Smile Empty Soul
Drummer Jake Kilmer of Smile Empty Soul

After a recent show in Central Florida, we caught up with Smile Empty Soul’s talented drummer Jake Kilmer, and share a RARA’s Six PAck. For those of you new to the website, our six packs, are six quick fun interview questions, and once in awhile (like this time) share with a drink in our hand.

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We got together on a beautiful Spring night in Jacksonville just before the sun set over the St. Johns River. Kilmer, sipping his Bud was a friendly, fun guy.  Check it out for yourself.

Cretin: Who were your influences as a drummer?
Jake Kilmer: (without hesitation) Dave Grohl
Cretin: How about his current drummer, Taylor Hawkins?
Jake Kilmer: He’s a bad ass. Before Taylor Hawkins, Grohl locked me into wanting to wanting to be a rocker. Before that I liked Ringo Starr. I loved the drumming from the Beatles, but when you hear “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” you just want to (go crazy). And, Ringo Starr was a great drummer for The Beatles. He sang as well, but he had some great drum parts.

Cretin: If you could tour with any one band, which band would it be?
Jake Kilmer: Deftones. They’re a good group. Saw them with Alice In Chains.

Cretin: If you weren’t a drummer, what would you be doing with your life?
Jake Kilmer: Engineering? I don’t know, I like technical stuff.

Cretin: Favorite city to play?
Jake Kilmer: Besides Jacksonville? I don’t have one. The United States is bad ass; there are great people in clubs all over the place.

Cretin: What’s your favorite cover song?
Jake Kilmer: “Aneurysm” by Nirvana. We cover that one and you can find it on-line, it’s a great one.

Check it out – it’s worth a Google search. Jake’s drums are killer and Sean Danielsen (Guitar) and Ryan Martin (bass) tear it up, too.

Cretin: What’s your favorite song to play live?
Jake Kilmer: “Black ‘n Blue” off of our new record, track one.

You can check it out and the full album below:

Rock On!
Cretin

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Welcome To Rockville Band Reviews

Palms – Album Review


 

Palms Band Photo

Palms Album Review

“Ethereal landscapes covered in broken glass”
  or…
“Waterboarding with your favorite stuffed animal”

These are a couple of really abstract descriptions in reference to the new Palms record. Palms is the super collaboration of Chino Moreno of Deftones and Bryant Clifford Meyer, Jeff Caxide and Aaron Harris formerly of ISIS. Upon first listen of the record one might be quick to quip, rather snidely, “….this is just ISIS fronted by Chino”. But, upon further inquiry, Palms becomes a band uniquely enveloped in finding a voice equal parts atmosphere, equal parts brutality.

This record, released late last month, does not take anything away from the individual members respective bands, but rather adds to the mystique of them. There are certain familiarities on the record that are signature of the members, but the record stands firmly on its own.

Out of the gate, “Future Warrior” brings the muted, anticipation, and suspense that Harris, Caxide, and Meyer are known for. Couple this with Moreno’s breathy wail, circling around the rhythm section, teetering from soft whisper to bleeding shriek with hum-along verse, makes for a standout track on the record. “Patagonia” commands the listener to stay within transparent boundaries using space that also asks to explore beyond said constraints. “Mission Sunset” flirts with electronica, but used sparsely, to build uneasy emotion.

All this to say that the album offers the listener the underlying theme of place. Song titles like ‘Tropics”, “Antarctic Handshake” and “Mission Sunset” speak of horizons. They speak of place within place and sound within and without sound. The expanse of making music in nature, they evoke images and feelings that are inherent in our DNA when we hear those names. Palms feels as though it is the bridge between the physical point of place, and the question of spiritual ascension.

“Surfing the Nile on razors”
  Or…
“Melting with God into the sun”

Either way, it doesn’t take many words to get it.

Mayor Peach