Surprise Single!

A while back we got asked to write a song for Season 2 of Orange is the New Black (long story). We’re big fans, so it was a no-brainer.

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The show ended up not using the track (waaaahhhhh), but the good news is, now we get to share it with you! Download it for free on bandcamp! Or get it on iTunes etc. everywhere else in the world next month!

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How to (accidentally) disappear completely

A while back we recorded a live session at the House of Rock studio. We hadn’t performed in a few months, but had a few new songs swirling around, so we decided to perform a few and jump-start our new record. We got home, listened through the sessions and liked what we heard… but as anyone who has ever written a collection of songs knows, you often find yourself shifting directions on a whim, and the songs that you love suddenly don’t fit in. We played one show after that session and then one by one we slashed out our favorites. The new songs that emerged were something else entirely – something not quite “ROBOTANISTS.”

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photo by Olivia Hemaratanatorn 

There’s a funny thing that happens when you’ve been in a band for a while. The music takes on its own identity. You build walls to keep you on-track musically. No matter how much the music evolves it still has an inherent sameness.

But for those that create, the heart and mind often wander beyond genres, and impulse dictates direction.  That being said, ROBOTANISTS for us, is progressive, it’s somber, its sexy and spiteful and hopelessly romantic, but guarded.  What we began to write following that last session wasn’t any of those things… WESTERN BELLS was born.

There’s a misperception that bands change their names to feel fresh and new, but this was not a “name change,” it was something else entirely that could breathe and exist on its own.  That realization sent us into a tailspin of demo making. We wrote an album, scored a film, and performed as a duo then a trio.

Before we could finish the WESTERN BELLS album that derailed us completely, we were approached to write a song inspired by an action film. Everything changed, once again. ROBOTANISTS was back, and those House of Rock songs were off the table.

So now we’re back at square one, writing a brand new album — a “Michael Bay” album, unlike anything you’ve heard from us. It’s full of action, suspense, guitars and synths and you will hear it before the end of the year. WE PROMISE (well, we’ll try at least).

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In the meantime, check out our other projects… WESTERN BELLS and our delightfully sweet pop duo, LAMB SHARK, and go see Daniel DeBlanke on tour with WHITE SEA in May and June!

Oh and what about all those scrapped demos from 2012 and 2013 we’ll probably give them away for free soon. Stay tuned.

xo sarah

back from the basement…

So we’ve been in and out of the studio for a year now, writing ROBOTANISTS tracks and recording other musical projects… anyways we wrote this song for a movie. We’ll let you hear more of it soon we promise! Dont worry those other musical projects will have releases soon too! xo sarah

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NEW DEMO & UNOFFICIAL VIDEO!!!

We’re getting ready to record a brand new album!!!!

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So, we’ve been sorting through all of the songs we’ve written over the last year, and came across this demo we made not too long ago.   It’s mostly first takes, so we planned to re-record it, but we like how this first stab came out. The song is called “NO LOSS REALLY” it’ll be on our next album.

Smash TV made an awesome 50 minute advertising nostalgia collage – we set our music to its opening.
Hear us perform this track and other newbies LIVE on 2/25 at Los Globos in LA.

Live tracks from the studio…

We recently stopped by the HOUSE OF ROCK to do a live session presented by Hunnypot Unlimited and Blue Microphones. We played a few songs, old and new and snapped a few pics while we were there.  Check out this exclusive live track from the session!
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(Photos & Cinematography by Olivia Hemaratanatorn  // dontmeanmaybe.com)

Check out more picks on Flickr

These live tracks, fan requested covers and a few PLANS IN PROGRESS B-sides will appear on our album SOUVENIRS, coming out soon!
COMING SOON: SOUVENIRS cover art

New music, new live video…

We did a little video this week to prep for the Make Music Pasadena festival at Crown City Studios.

Come see us perform it live at 4 pm this Saturday on the South Lake Stage @ MAKE MUSIC PASADENA 2012 !

… and see the video FIRST on SYFFAL.com

See more pics of us performing in the studio @  Flickr