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

Check out Daniel Deblanke on tour with White Sea!

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Our very own Daniel DeBlanke (also of WESTERN BELLS) will be heading out on tour with WHITE SEA (aka Morgan Kibby of M83) this spring!

They’re starting on the West Coast with Phantogram in February, then SXSW and beyond.

Don’t worry we’ll still be in the studio between dates tracking a new ROBOTANISTS record! Stay tuned!

2/20 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre / TIX

2/21 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades / TIX

2/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium / TIX

2/23 – Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre / TIX

more TBA…

New Seven Saturdays video feat. ROBOTANISTS’ Daniel DeBlanke!

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Check out our very own Daniel DeBlanke (also of WESTERN BELLS) performing with Seven Saturdays in this new live music video for the song “XXX.” The track also features Rachel Stolte of Great Northern.

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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Auld Lang Syne my dears…

It’s been a quiet year for us on the surface but behind the scenes we’ve been busier than ever before… we’ve been painstakingly writing all year, and during the process discovered a second bloodline of music — one we’ve called WESTERN BELLS. So, Daniel DeBlanke and myself (Sarah) have been performing and writing as two bands at once and it’s been kind of crazy… oh and we scored a film!

The good news is, 2014 will be amazing and crazy! We’ll have a new ROBOTANISTS album, a debutWESTERN BELLS album and bunch of shows before long. Till then… Here’s a Free Download to sing along with at all of your New Years parties!

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