Sunday Independent Band of the Week

Sunday Independent Band of the week

DIE ROBOT is a new band founded by Barbie Saint and Vince Christian, I have never had the pleasure of meeting either in person but have known Barbie for a very long time, she was the first person to welcome me and Empire day to right after had died and killed all the independent artist pages. Barbie was just to cool, and the music their band “The Pop Dolls” had available was just fantastic ( is gone now as well but with places like Facebook, reverb nation sound cloud there are still places for those to get heard, just not the same)

I knew Back then they would do something with their music I think they will only get bigger, they recently in the past few years moved from Florida through the mid west winding up in Portland Oregon ( honestly I don’t know if it was planned or if they let the wind take them, but what ever it was it seems they landed in a place that was good for them they have done so much as I watch from afar.) You could say I am even a little Jealous/But it is their time and I think they will have more to come bigger and better is all I wish for the both of them and the rest of the new Band DIE ROBOT – Humans playing music:

  • Vince Christian: Vocals/Guitar/Songwriter
  • Barbie Saint: Bass/Vocals/Songwriter
  • Mallory Hamilton: Keys/EDrums/Tenor Sax
  • Josh Ketterer: Guitar
  • Angela Johnson: Drums

Recording Collaborators

  • Charles Beasley: Shredding Guitar

*note links in my paragraph will open spotify web player 😉 

One of the things that initially drew me to this duos music besides the overtly sexual tone of the song Candy Ways  (and this may not even be what they were shooting for with the song) .. was that I felt such a kind-ship with the music, it was Rock with some pop in it some punk some new wave, and a lot of Goth/Dark-wave/Industrial sounds. It was very close to what my band was doing as well, do I dare say its underground 80’s retro?  — well I hate to label- I hate genres as you will find if you follow my rants, musings and post on this blog or on my Facebook or Twitter feed.

In Spotify  top hits Order (yes I love Spotify, just hope we can find how to pay the artist a little bit more than they do now)

First Track, it is a new retro sound some of DIE ROBOT has almost a glam metal feel like I am back in LA or Phoenix in 1989-92 –> Effigy but it has such a new wave pop sound as well. I really think this may be my favorite song on this First Recording, and I may add  what a great first track  it really gives you a taste of all the sound this band is going to feed you. but there are sexy surprises at each track change.

The second Track is  slower a little Darker, with a really nice GROOVE to sway to, Devour  this song reminds my a bit of a song I heard in Chicago back in the early 90’s by Bodhisattva. I really dig it as I love that SWAY in dark slow music.

not on the EP but DIE ROBOTS first Single –>   Move Along  is very reminiscent of The Pop Dolls more Pop goes Bang Sound, with a darker feeling, this is another favorite it feels to me like we are being told the feelings of the band to move on and keep pushing ahead, to never stop just keep moving on live the dream and it will shine, that’s my take, that if we stop moving we just lay to waste.. Kind of why I always have been a Tumbleweed never staying in one place to long, we are nomads we are hunter gatherers. and our nature is to move along !

 *so I dug into the meaning from the CD Baby page –>Move Along is consider the transition song in between Pop Dolls and Die Robot. When Vince Christian and Barbie Saint finally made it to Portland, this is the first song they recorded back in 2012. It has been always performed live by Die Robot and this is the remastered version! -Move Along Recorded & Mixed at Enfected Records. Mastered by Will Coca at Spare Room Mastering.

Track 4 Everything New has a wonderful synth feel but has this wall of distorted guitar driving the rhythm of the song, and Vince has a great tone, it really sounds like this is a “Hey Here We Are we are NEW and so are you, LISTEN to US” kind of song, I may be wrong , and I hear some broken love in there too, but this really seems more like the new beginning to me. think this is my second favorite.. its really got that nice up lifting pop sound with a little darkness in the lyrics.

Track 5  UnHoly One  I fucking LOVE this song !!!  this features Malory  on Sax, and what a sexy sax she blows! the tune has a goth-a-billy feel to it, or a Tito and Tarantula punk vampire goth Texas rock  sound or  a Southwest movie madness a film noir can hear this in any Robert Rodriguez movie, or hell back on Mill ave. Tempe AZ in 1990!    LOVE IT is all I can say


So this is my short and sweet on the EP and an extra single from the band DIE ROBOT.

I really want you to see them check them out, hear them love them, share them and make sure to send them some human love don’t let the ROBOT take over !





UPCOMING SHOWS!!  Thursday, April 30th, 2015 Bossanova Ballroom

722 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
Just did a show opening for ENUFF Z’ NUFF   DIE ROBOT is ready to take on the World!   I hope to hear some tunes on CSI Cyber   send them in Vince and Barbie! 
some shots as I like photos
Stay Tuned to a Thursday Throwback and another independent band  review or hey check them out 

I have to say without music I would have been dead a long time ago …

Music, Art and going where the wind takes you is life. 

Don’t try to control life, Dance with her she won’t let you down, 

she will plant you where you need to be.  

~R.Rich 2015 The Distilled1


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