JBOTs plan to replace his former bandmates with robots may have backfired when according to his bio the machines pulled off a full-scale mutiny and enslaved their former captain and creator. But, hey, it beats the hell out of playing with other people.
You ever been in a band? Try it sometime. Youll be making a robot band in two months, said Captured! By Robots creator JBOT. Theres the egos, the girlfriends, band members using drugs, people showing up late. Its still hard to tour with a band of robots, but I think its easier than touring with a band of humans.
The punk-rock octet or solo project, depending on how you define it sounds something akin to the Chuck E. Cheese animatronic house band playing on the banks of the river Styx. While not your typical rock band, JBOT is none too pleased with people calling it a joke.
It pisses me off. Were a band like anyone elses band its just that theres one human, he said. Personally, I take it as a slap on the face. Sure, I didnt know what I was doing when I started building these robots, and the first few incarnations really sucked. Over 14 years and a lot of hard work, its really come together. Id put us up against any other band, human or not.
As JBOTs amateur engineering prowess has evolved, so have the robots and their compositions. But where does one go after that?
I had a goal of making a kick-ass rock band with robots, and I did it. Then what? he said. What gets me going is having a desire to do something that no one else has done and having people tell me I cant do it. That sends me over the edge, and I have to do it. I wont stop until its done.
The next logical step: an Armageddon-themed tour in the coming year, complete with a new batch of tunes contemplating Earths impending end, according to the Mayan calendar.
Itll be one, big, possibly last tour, if we all die anyway, so Im billing it as such, JBOT said. All the songs are about the end of the world and how we might possibly go: asteroid, satellite crash, alien invasion ... robot takeover.
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