With a spritely indie-pop sound and slick production to match, Dead Boy Robotics are an Edinburgh band readying for the release of their new album ‘New Cells’ on November 20th. It’s their second album, and they’re offering a little taster with single ‘Arrival’. Check it out alongside our interview here:
- Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
It definitely coincided with the discovery of Michael Jackson’s record ‘BAD’ when we were kids. That record has some of the most incredible pop songs ever written, especially the track ’Speed Demon’ which has the most insane bass line ever created. It was definitely the starting point of us falling in love with music. Then when we were teens, Nirvana brought out ‘Nevermind’ and we begged our parents for guitars.
- What are your main ambitions in the industry?
Being an unsigned band one of our ambitions is to find a record label that would like to work with us in releasing future albums, re-releasing previous albums and in turn, help us reach a wider audience. Saying that, if we never sign to a label we’d be perfectly happy continuing to release music ourselves.
- When did you start writing your own songs/music?
In the summer of 2007 whilst Mike was back from University, we would hole up in a tiny flat and make music on broken Casio keyboards and pound shop guitars for fun. We would always try to make as strange and twisted pop songs as we could. This somehow manifested itself into becoming more serious as time went by and so we started playing gigs and releasing music ourselves. We haven’t looked back since.
- What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
Managing to self-release two albums and an EP ourselves is a fairly big career highlight for us. Each of them is filled with blood, sweat, coffee and tears.
- Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
Our debut record (released in 2011) was full of synths, screams and laptop beats, and people struggled to compare us to anyone else. For this record we have stripped it right back to simply guitar, bass and drums and have tried to keep it as live, energetic and catchy as possible. You will hopefully hear hints of The Police (early 80’s period), Deftones and maybe Phil Collins if your ears are well trained.
- What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
- If you’ve heard us before then expect the unexpected
- It’s released digitally on November 20th
- We will be doing a limited run of special edition vinyls in early 2016
- Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
We would definitely “big up” some fellow bands who have been recording at Tape studio in Edinburgh (tapestudio.co.uk) where we recorded and mixed our new album. Teen Canteen are this amazing girl group who make luscious, dreamy pop music, and and group called Redolent who are making beautiful layered guitar based pop music.
- Any gigs coming up?
Our next gig is at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh on 20th October, and will be adding more shows soon.
- Where can we find/follow you online?
You can find us on most social network channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and you can download our latest single, Arrival, from our Soundcloud page. Or, just Google ‘Dead Boy Robotics’, it’s probably quicker.