ALMUNI UPDATE: BOMBAY BEACH REVIVAL

We’ve got another solo update! Daniel DeBlanke is going it alone on his latest (soul) project, BOMBAY BEACH REVIVAL!

He’s been playing in LA and recently did a live stream for Sofar Sounds! Check him out!

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Closed for Storm…

Six Flags New Orleans closed in anticipation of Hurricane Katrina 10 year ago and never reopened.

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Check out this short “Closed for Storm,” scored by Daniel DeBlanke of ROBOTANISTS & WESTERN BELLS.

Into the Galaxy…

We’re excited to share a mini documentary featuring yours truly (Sarah Ellquist DeBlanke), my partner in crime, Daniel DeBlanke and some of our new music, aka WESTERN BELLS.

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Filmmaker, Marcus Ubungen followed us around for a few days late last year, at home, in the studio, and around town as we were putting the finishing touches on our debut collection of songs. (Shout out to Origami Vinyl, Bedrock LA, United Recording, and our very understanding neighbors in Silver Lake.)

The experience was nothing short awesome, and we’re excited that SAMSUNG is sharing it with the world.

Get the first two WESTERN BELLS singles (“HEARTS & STARS” and “TIME TRAVELS”) through our store and everywhere else you buy or stream music worldwide.

Find out more about mine and other Samsung Owner stories HERE

xo Sarah / WESTERN BELLS

New music from our other half…

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WESTERN BELLS‘ (aka Sarah & Daniel of ROBOTANISTS) latest single “Hearts & Stars” is now avail on iTunes, spotify and everywhere else you download or stream!

See them performing @ HUNNYPOT RADIO LIVE in LA on 4/6!

Check out this new lyric video and sing along!

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

Blast Off!

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Our own Daniel DeBlanke is on tour with White Sea right now and they kicked off in Oakland! Check out these pics and reviews of their first show! More dates being added — then we’ll be back in the studio working on a robotanists record finally!!!!! It’s been too long.

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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…