“…a stirring, unexpectedly enchanting soundscape…” thanks LA Weekly!

LA WEEKLY was nice enough to give our upcoming Feb 25 show at Los Globos in Los Angeles, a shout out this week, and say a few nice words about our yet-to-be-released PLANS IN PROGRESS addendum / collection of fan-requested covers called SOUVENIRS.

Sarah Ellquist de Blanke’s dreamy vocals and her musical partner Daniel de Blanke’s shimmering synths give these new-wave and post-punk chansons a modern sheen, but the strangest track of all is their cover of Kenny Rogers‘ “Just Dropped in (to See What Condition My Condition Was in).” Rather than camping it up, Robotanists transform this corny country-music standard into a stirring, unexpectedly enchanting soundscape, as Sarah’s languidly ethereal singing trails off in the haze of Daniel’s blended acoustic guitars and distant-thunder percussion.  Sometimes the most beautiful things happen in the strangest of places. — By Falling James

Read on at LAWEEKLY.com


We’ve been quietly working on the collection for a year or so in our spare time while sorting through requests to pick the final lucky 7, and working on a new album of original work. (…coming out later this year!!!!)

Admittedly, the Kenny Rogers tune was a favorite pick of ours as well – chosen (we hope) for its “Big Lebowski” relation.

Another fave is, 1984’s “The Karate Kid”  kick ass motivational song, “You’re the Best Around.” The track was the first one we completed and actually ended up being the inaugural track for SYFFAL.com’s  ‘pop cultures collide’ feature.

We got so many requests we would start them up then scrap them, and pick a few more, until they all felt like the right ones. In the end, we went for the weirder, the unknown, the over-covered and the unexpected, with only our fans in mind.

With plenty of noted covers under our belt, we were never really sure how, when or if we would release these, so we’ve just been casually floating the tracks around as we did them.  They’ve never been mastered or available to download until now, so we’re excited to finally reveal them as a collection.

Robotanists - Souvenirs - album cover

SOUVENIRS will be available as a free digital download with select purchase of the album, PLANS IN PROGRESS starting February 26th, or to buy on its own through our official store.

PS. We’re putting the finishing touches on it now, and hope to give away a few free download cards at our show in LA on Feb. 25!!! Hope to see you there!


Some recent press…

We’ve been spinning lately, prepping our new string ensemble for upcoming performances, working on new music and still recovering from SXSW. While we were running around in circles the last few weeks we happened to receive  some great new press, that we will now share!





INTERVIEW with Sarah (“WORD UP” Feature)


ALBUM + MUSIC VIDEO REVIEW ” Robotanists set themselves apart from most bands, keeping an upbeat and interesting style at the same time as being deep and sensual.”


MUSIC VIDEO FEATURE | ALBUM REVIEW “Evocatively dreamlike without sacrificing command or precision. [Plans in Progress] moves consistently through a spectrum of hushed melodies, crashing choruses and driving rhythms. The Robotanists’ third full length album may be the shortest, but it’s the most relentless and auspicious in what lies ahead for the four piece.”


ALBUM + CONCERT REVIEW “concentrated dose of brilliance… and with an LP full of fetching tracks [Plans in Progress], whose gigantic choruses will penetrate your subconscious and stay there.”


ALBUM REVIEW “Robotanists third album, Plans in Progress, is full of soulful melodies and soothing vocals. From beginning to end the listener is transported into a relaxing state of zen, mesmerized by singer Sarah DeBlanke’s vocals. The songs effortless blend together so that there isn’t a moment for the listener to jolt back to reality.”


ALBUM REVIEW + INTERVIEW | CONCERT REVIEW | VIDEO OF THE DAY “Plans in Progress is an album filled with longing and discovery… Robotanists have an electric future ahead of them. Comparable to The Sounds, but ten folds better”


ALBUM REVIEW (en español)

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us and said nice things about us! You can check out more of our press clippings at our PRESS PHOTO ARCHIVE!



ROBOTANISTS + Dickies Sounds!

We recently stopped by Filter Magazine’s offices in Hollywood and did an exclusive acoustic performance in the Dickies Sounds Lounge! We shot a few tracks from our new album PLANS IN PROGRESS, and pillaged their clothing racks.

Watch video of us performing “ON/OFF THE LEDGE” below!




Stay tuned to see our other performances on DickiesSounds.com, and make a date to come hang out with us at the Dickies Party at SXSW! We’ll undoubtedly be drinking there at least one of the days we’re in Austin!




Wow, it’s been a crazy year, spent mostly in the studio… recording 2 records, making 2 music videos, releasing our 2nd CD and our first 12”… so here are some of the highlights as they happened….

We started the year in the studio working on a collection of covers that we decide to release in April, as SHAPES AND VARIATIONS. We also recorded an additional track during those sessions, for an itunes exclusive release, that we were commissioned to do by Apple and Curt Smith of Tears for Fears (more info on that later).  In the process of making SHAPES AND VARIATIONS, we were asked to donate a song to Uncovering a Cure: Volume 1, a fundraising album benefitting AIDS PROJECT LOS ANGELES. We gladly gave them our cover of Bryan Adams’ “Heaven” and participated in a great event at the Roxy Theater in Hollywood to coincide with its release. That night we shared the stage with Oh Darling, Ruby Freidman, Pollyn, and a few more stellar artists.  The following week we released SHAPES AND VARIATIONS digitally worldwide through our label, Overhead Records, and began work on a new music video for the first track on the record, “Exiled State of Mind.” Arranging the music of others was a pallet cleanser for us, allowing us to start writing a ton of new material, and venture off into new directions… all of which will be showcased on our new record in 2011!

Late last year, we partnered with Hunnypot Music Unlimited Publishing, who have been working hard to place our music in TV and film all year!  We also signed off on licensing deals with MTV Networks, and Bunim Murray Productions, garnishing us some great placements on ABC’s Private Practice, as well as several MTV shows and movies throughout the year, keeping our first record CLOSE DOWN THE WOODS in the spotlight all year (KCRW also helped immensely, keeping “Wait a Minute Here” in rotation all year long).

We performed all over the West Coast in the spring and summer, joining forces with some amazing local promoters, like Edgar Varela of EVFA, MFG, KCRW, LAFreebee,com, Beatcrave.com, I Promote Good Bands, Hear Gallery and more. With their help we performed at plenty of stellar events, like Bloomfest LA, The Downtown Art Walk, School Night @ Bardot (voted best party in America by Paste Magazine!), and many more.

In the fall we decided to release our first 12”, CURRENT, while we continued to write new material, and shot our 2nd music video to coincide with the vinyl release, this time for the first track on Side A, “Wait a Minute Here”. We also took some time to demo some of our new material for one of our favorite new websites, Gorillacoustic.com, performing the title track for our 2011 record, “Plans in Progress” and another new song, “Have We Met Before?” for the first time live. Then in August, as the summer was winding down, and we had already been humbled by all of the great things said about our first release of the year, we got a great editorial feature in Filter’s Ragged Magazine!

After the September release of CURRENT, and an awesome album release party at Origami Vinyl, we decided to relaunch our digital store through BandCamp.com, and put out a bunch of new merch… then we were off to the studio!

We began pre-production of our new record PLANS IN PROGRESS, with producer, Danny Kalb (Ben Harper, Karen O, Beck, Feist), and started tracking at Bright Street, a cozy little studio owned by Pierre de Reeter of Rilo Kiley, that has also been home to Vampire Weekend, Lykke LI, Obi Best, and Sia to name a few.

Around that time we released our two music videos, “Exiled State of Mind” directed by Byron Turk and Jessy Plume and “Wait a Minute Here” directed by Lloyd DeSouza. Then we were off on our first mini tour in the south!

We traveled up the coast to San Francisco, Santa Barbara, out to Las Vegas and then down to Austin, Houston, and New Orleans, visiting friends, family and playing shows along the way, and came home to the news that for the 2nd year in a row, we made it to the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards ballot for our album SHAPES AND VARIATIONS and a few of our singles.

We performed with some amazing bands this year… KISSES, Obi BestWhite Arrows, Seven SaturdaysKindest Lines (New Orleans), Dark Water Hymnal (Austin), The Baker Family (Austin), Jean-Eric (New Orleans, Fran Healy (of Travis), THREADSPINNER,  WET & RECKLESSFENCESTHE HEAD AND THE HEARTLA GHOST, Kitten ,  Spirit VineFOL CHEN, Light Pollution, Crocodiles, Voxhaul Broadcast,  RumspringaVanaprasta, THE GOLDEN FILTERThe Hundred in the Hands , POLLYN, BOXVIOLET, DOWNTOWN/UNION, Red Cortez, and Restavrant,  just to name a few !

We also very humbly garnished a handful of excellent reviews, write ups, mentions and interviews, from the likes of Filter, The Deli, BeatCrave.com, BuzzBands.la, InTraffik.com, Wild Tonic, and others!

Along the way… our guitarist, Daniel DeBlanke had the privilege of sitting in with some incredible bands, like WAIT. THINK. FAST, TWO GUNS, and Spirit Animal.

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 2011…

We have a new record, PLANS IN PROGRESS coming out, February 15th on our label Overhead Records!!! So, we’ll be celebrating every Monday in February at the Silverlake Lounge! After that we’ll be heading to Austin for SXSW and will be on tour afterwards! Stay tuned for a new music video and our cover of “Ideas as Opiates” on an iTunes exclusive Tears for Fears tribute album benefiting Alzheimers.org at some point. We’ll hopefully be putting out another 12” before the end of the year as well, and who know what else! See you then!

So thanks to everyone that made 2010 so amazing… Happy Holidays to all! We’ll see you next year!






Summer moments with Gorillacoustic.com…

You might remember that we recently spent a summer afternoon with the folks at Gorillacoustic.com, and debuted an intimate acoustic version of one of our newest songs, title track for our next album, “Plans in Progress”.  We chatted about covers, vinyl and robots that day… but we also did one off the cuff take of “Have We Met Before” just for fun, which the folks at Gorillacoustic decided to post as a part of their Summer 2010 Outtakes.

Click on the image below to watch

“a sublime

rooftop garden performance” of “Have We Met Before?”as well as outtakes from other Gorrillacoustic performances!

You can still check out our interview and acoustic version of “Plans in Progress” at Gorillacoustic.com.

See us performing “Have We Met Before” Live @ Velvet Jones with THREADSPINNER, in Santa Barbara this FRIDAY!!!! Visit tour.robotanists.com for more info!

Chatting about fashion and music with FILTER & American Rag…

The Summer / Fall 2010 issue of RAGGED Presented by Filter Magazine is now available online at RaggedMag.com and features an

exclusive interview and American Rag  fashion editorial with our very own, Sarah Ellquist of ROBOTANISTS.  Sarah chats about our 12″, CURRENT, coming out this month, and the new album we’re about to record, and of course, fashion!

Inside the pages of Issue #10 you’ll also find exclusive features and photos with, Kate Nash, Good Charlotte, 3Oh!3, Eisley, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and more.

Photo by Andrea LaBarge Mills  / Filter Magazine @ Origami Vinyl

Here’s a preview of the interview…

As far as impressions go, Ellquist makes one that lasts. With her thick fringe of white-blonde hair and a knack for dressing sexy-but-tough… “I think style is really embedded in you as a child and growing up, David Bowie, Miss Piggy, Marianne Faithfull and Barbie were the icons that resonated with me the most—Bowie is edgy and mythic, Piggy is glamorous and tough, Marianne is soft and sexy, and Barbie can wear any hat fabulously. Whether I’m on stage or buying groceries, there’s a piece of one of them in my wardrobe.”

Also available to download, RAGGED Presented by Filter, Issues 1-9 for free, featuring RAGGED alumni such as Passion Pit, Kid Sister, OK Go, Kate Nash, Fefe Dobson, The Von Bondies, Great Northern, Asobi Seksu, The Watson Twins, Delta Spirit, Silversun Pickups, Annie Stela and many many more!


This Week in Radio + on Tour: Live on Dave Navarro’s Spread Radio!

We’re heading back to Downtown LA this week for a special on air performance and interview on Dave Navarro’s Spread Radio station! Come by the saloon or listen live online… all  the details are below!




LISTEN LIVE @ SpreadRadioLive.com from 8:00 – 11:00 PM pst

Or come hang out with us and watch us play in person!

@ Tony’s Saloon

2017 E 7th St, Downtown Los Angeles, CA, USA | MAP

ROBOTANISTS @ Tony's Saloon on ZERO HOUR RADIO / 11.11.09

Coming up next month…

12.5.2009 – IsGoodMusic.com Presents Firelight: An Acoustic House Party! – Silver Lake, CA

12.18.2009 – IsGoodMusic.com Presents @ Mr T’s Bowl – Highland Park, CA