We’re almost done with another year of being ROBOTANISTS, and what a great year it’s been! Here are most of the highlights…
We finished up 2008 with the release of our first album CLOSE DOWN THE WOODS and set out to perform relentlessly, and that we did! We shared the stage with some amazing LA bands like Obi Best, Wait Think Fast, Vanaprasta, Spirit Animal, Box Violet, Two Guns, Tigers Can Bite You, Black Gold, Summer Darling, The Rhone Occupation, The French Semester, The Monthlies, Golden Years, Marvelous Toy, Z Berg of The Like, The Seasons, Black Kites, I Make This Sound, The Ivy Walls, and so many more!
We kicked off 2009 as one of Filter Magazine’s “Emerging Artists,” and through their website, we garnished over a million votes from fans to be featured in their spring issue of “RAGGED Magazine” where we joined bands such as Silversun Pickups, Delta Spirit, Kate Nash, The Sounds, Those Darlins Busdriver, Von Bondies, Asobi Seksu, Great Northerm and more! The free mag presented by Filter was passed out at SxSW and concerts all over the USA in the spring, while we headed down to Sarah’s hometown, New Orleans, for some impromptu fun and then toured the North East for a moment.
In March we headed up to Toronto for the first time to perform as a part of an international showcase at Canadian Music Week, alongside bands like Bloc Party, The Ting Tings, The Ettes, We are Wolves and more! We had an amazing time there and and up lingering in the North East for a little while to play a few more shows in New York before heading back to the West Coast.
In April we headed out to Las Vegas with our friends Wait Think fast, to perform at the Mirage for the first time, and stopped by IsGoodMusic.com studios in Echo Park when we returned to LA, for what was described as “a historic performance.” For the next few weeks we worked on some new music, decided to do a covers record, and got invited by Tears for Fears and Apple to cover a track from “the Hurting” for a very special charity album and iTunes exclusive due out in 2010!
With the summer upon us, and lots of unsolicited love from international bloggers, podcasters and radio stations as well as some home town momentum, we decided it was time to partner with Art of Broadcast and release our first single “Wait a Minute Here” in the US! So began a whirlwind summer for us…
“Wait a Minute Here” quickly hit the airwaves of over 50 college and mainstream radio stations in North America, and charted in the top 10 right out of the box. The single immediately tied with Wilco’s “You Never Know,” Silversun Pickups‘ “Panic Switch,” The Mars Volta’s “Since We’ve Been Wrong” and came ahead of Phoenix’s “1901″, Stellastarr* “Graffiti Eyes,” Howling Bells‘ “Cities Burning Down,” and singles from Handsome Furs, St. Vincent, The Dead Weather, Hockey, Anderson, Maximo Park and others!
Our album, Close Down the Woods also saw some action on the SUBMODERN ALBUMS CHARTS, debuting at #8, tying with Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, The Eels‘ Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire, and new albums from Wilco, and Dirty Projectors, and coming in ahead of Kings of Leon’s Only by the Night, Silversun Pickups “Swoon”, Manchester Orchestra’s Mean Everything to Nothing, Anderson’s It Runs in the Family, St. Vincent’s Actor, as well as new albums from White Rabbits, Howling Bells and others.
We performed throughout the LA area all summer and into the fall, joining forces with some amazing local promoters, like Edgar Varela of EVFA, Jon Hershfield of IsGoodMusic.com, LA-Underground.net, and YourNetwork.tv in San Diego. With their help we performed at plenty of stellar events, like Bloomfest, Lilli Muller’s Autumn Lights, Club Moscow’s 5th Anniversary Party, Red Bull Records and Hunnypot Music’s Wine Art Music showcase, UK artist Jont’s amazing UNLIT nights, and Billabong’s “Still Filthy” screening party, as well radio performances at KUCI, Hunnypot Radio on Dave Navarro’s Spread Radio and a few others! We also very humbly garnished a handful of excellent reviews, write ups, mentions and interviews, from the likes of The Deli, BeatCrave.com, Kevin Bronson’s BuzzBands.la, Rock Insider, Future Sounds and more!
Autumn came with ROBOTANISTS partnering with Hunnypot Music Unlimited Publishing, who have been working hard to place our music in TV and film in 2010! We’ve already signed off on licensing deals with MTV Networks, Bunim Murray Productions, shows on the CW network and more! So keep an ear open for ROBOTANISTS!
Our publishing partnership came on the heels of our record CLOSE DOWN THE WOODS and a few of our singles making it on to the 52nd Annual Grammy awards ballot, and the news of our single “Wait a Minute here” debuting on the legendary taste-making LA radio station, KCRW’s top 20 rotation, thanks to overwhelming support from Jason Bentley on his show “Morning Becomes Eclectic” and fellow DJ, Ann Litt!
Before long, we received news that we’d been selected to showcase at CMJ in October along with a handful of other amazing LA bands like Warpaint and Local Natives!!! We booked flights and headed to Brooklyn for an amazing concert and whirlwind week of music in the Big Apple, then got back to LA in time to shoot our first music video for “Wait a Minute Here” with director Llyod de Souza. We’ve also been putting the finishing touches on our covers record and playing a few more shows just before the holidays.
And of course, throughout the year we made a million new friends and fans, and other bands all of whom that we hope to grow with.
As for 2010…
We’ll finally be releasing our covers record SHAPES AND VARIATIONS on our label, OVERHEAD RECORDS and we’ll be unveiling the finished HD music video for “Wait a Minute Here.” We’ll also be featured on two charity albums, one benefiting Alzheimers.org and another for Aids Project LA, as well as touring the West Coast and hopefully Europe. Then in March we’ll be off to SxSW for some southern good times. By April we’ll hopefully have a brand new album… and who knows what else!
So thanks to everyone that made 2009 so amazing… Happy Holidays to all! We’ll see you next year!
Sarah, Daniel, Keith, Preston
PS. Special thanks to artist and musican, Dan Grayson, for putting on his fancy light show for us on occasion, and of course to our favorite photographer, Brandon Greeley, who followed us around all year capturing our live shows!