Robots have a MySpace page
Picture it: Sicily, 1914 . . . no, no, wait, sorry, make that Cape Cod, 1994. Three whippersnappers hang out on a cold December weekend and start a band. But this band that guitarist Nathan Moore, brother Finny on drums, and bassist Paul Joyce start would be no ordinary band. Robots, upon relocating to Boston, would become the progenitors of a unique Boston sound (equal parts Chicago math, Louisville brood, and Osterville balls), as well as the figurative patriarchs of a family of bands including Dagobah, Lynx, Pizza, Phalen/Moore Trio, Strictly Business, Helms, and Diamond Nights. File their newly posted MySpace page under “Better late than never,” and file the music that continues to come from this phalanx under “Better now than ever.”
Robots, “The King's Reign”
Every song they’ve put up from their “Lost Session” is a secret classic of sorts: the rapturous “Tornado,” the backpack-jostling “Melody Exit,” and the intricate “For Dark Days.” But this track is some seriously signature shit: Robots at their simple, beautiful, tricky, elegant best.
Nathan Moore, “Second Hand Store”
A few years ago, Moore relocated to central Mass and commenced recording no fewer than 12 lo-fi solo albums in his apartment — who knew Fitchburg could be such an inspiration? This track is a nice holdover until his new band, Nitris, start showing up on bills.
Ba-na-nas, “Rapid Cumshots”
Years after Robots disbanded, Paul Joyce remains one of Boston’s best and busiest bassists. Together with brother Justin and drummer Matthew Doyle, this newish outfit rules at “put-the-art-in-party” instrumentals — probably the clearest active exemplars of the Cape Cod sound of yore.
Intendo, “Doubled Tuts”
Feel that? Your life just improved significantly now that you’ve happened upon Intendo: a now-legendary supergroup formed of Cape Codder all-stars who specialized in epic metal ruminations on Canada, things that are “wicked awesome,” and, here, promiscuous gay pharaohs.
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