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Robbers On High Street

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"Robbers on High Street Bring the Brass"

While most Philadelphians have fled to the Jersey shore for Independence Day festivities, some of the city's artsy tastemakers stuck around to pack Johnny Brenda's for Robbers on High Street last night (July 2). With the Redwalls, and Baby Teeth in tow as openers, the jaunty NYC quartet lit up the retro-luxe dancehall with select cuts from their forthcoming effort, Grand Animals. Though singer Ben Trokan gave a nod to the holiday by dedicating "The Fatalist" to Liberty, the Robbers on High Street's hour-long set was tailored to wowing a typically unwowable audience of twenty-something creatives with carefully crafted songs. The jovial, piano-driven "Spanish Teeth," found on 2005's Tree City, really made the kids in the balcony stop leaning on their elbows and clap already. Who doesn't like it when a bassist -- in this case new member Morgan King -- rocks out on the brass? JAIMIE KREMS / PHOTOS BY MICHELLE SMITH

We asked: In honor of Robbers on High Street's new album Grand Animals, if you could be any animal in the animal kingdom, what would it be and why? - Spin

"The Gothamist Band Interview: Robbers on High Street"

Robbers on High Street finally released their full length album, Tree City, this year. It's getting them more comparisons to Spoon than their EP Fine Lines did, but as far as comparisons go that's not a bad one. The bands classic lo-fi sound and their songwriting make up ten-fold for any lack of "hooks". This, in our opinion, makes their sound a more timeless one.
This Brooklyn band works it all out in songs ranging from rock balladry to melodic rock, with perspective driven lyrics of everyday nuances as sung in the voice of restless youth. Come check them out Friday night at Webster Hall (details after the interview).

Let's get this out of the way, where did your band name originate?
It came from a lyric to an old song of ours. I wasn't such a fan of the song so we nixed it. I wasn't such a fan of the name either. It's a mouthful, and you have to repeat it a couple of times for people. But I guess that's also the cool thing about it. What sold me was that it sounded like it could be a GBV title.

What is your first concious memory of New York?
I have trouble deciphering early childhood memories from memories of early childhood photos. My friend Robby and his family were friends with Bernie Getz. He lived in their building on 14th Street. We used to wrestle with him. Supposedly he showed Robby's older brother his gun. My Dad knew he was crazy even before he went on his subway vigilante rampage. He thought the guy who ran the newsstand on the corner was a Nazi so he burned down his stand. I remember reading an interview with him a couple of years ago when he was seriously considering running for Mayor. He was very adamant about having vegetarian lunches in public schools. What a nut!

What is your favorite/least favorite memory involving New York?
My least favorite memory may be getting denied entrance to see Joe Strummer at Irving Plaza on my birthday because I bought a doctored scalped ticket. I did get to see him before he died though. I loved the blackout. That was such an amazing experience. I was in Harlem and had to make my way back to Brooklyn. That was some Warriors shit! Walking through the city like that and seeing the population not freaking out and actually enjoying this weird pause in the constant whir and hum of New York was incredible.
We stopped in Central Park, bought a tepid $12 six-pack of Corona, ended up on a roof top and saw Drew Barrymore. I slept on my friend's couch on Avenue C and walked across the Williamsburg bridge the next morning. When I got home my roommate Greg and my friend Pete were in the backyard with a frying pan full of bacon and eggs on the grill. I was like, "I think the gas works fellas."

What is your favorite/least favorite thing about playing shows in New York?
I used to go to the Subway Bar in Brooklyn a lot. Not so much anymore. It's a great place. Two dollar PBR's, pool table and it's always dead in there. It's safe to venture out Sunday night through Wednesday night. If you don't live in New York you go out Thursday, Friday or Saturday night. And if you're a member of the HiFi Social Club (like some of my good friends are) you go out everynight.

What is your favorite/least favorite thing about playing shows in New York? Is there a difference between shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn?
I like getting to play for my friends, and friends of friends. Sometimes the guest list problem can stress me out, but then again I'm easily stressed out. We just sold out the Mercury Lounge for the first time not too long ago, but I've still yet to get a free drink there! Brooklyn is much more laid back. There's no dude-bros introducing themselves and bragging about their sweet record label internship and can I get a free CD, man? It's more just regular concert goers and much less guest listed industry types. Southpaw is great. They are incredibly band friendly and they have a skateboarding dog!

Do you think your New York connection shows in your music? If so, how?
Maybe in the sort of economic efficiency of the song arrangements. It's not the kind of town that breeds jam bands, who's got the time to do that? Most bands play in hourly rehearsal places or cramped monthlies. I think most of the New York influence is in the lyrics. New York is great people watching. I don't see how you can be involved in crafting anything creative and not be influenced by your surroundings.

Now it's time for some fill-in-the-blank action

You know you've made it when...
You've got Morrissey on speed dial.

It'll be time to pack up the gear for good when...
I write and sing a song about Burger King in a Burger King commercial.

I'll never forget the first time I...
Palmed a boob.

I'll never forget the first time [insert other band members name here]...
Steve asked a member of the Bravery to borrow his eyeliner.

Let's have some fun with word association. Give us your immediate feelings on the following (if you've got no discernable feelings, make something up that won't embarrass you in the morning)

Yankees - millionaires
Mets - cocaine
Britney - preggers
Bridge & Tunnel - preggers and cocaine
The Darkness - those teeth!
Times Square - R.I.P.
Bloomberg/Smoking Ban/Noise Laws - Bernie Getz for Mayor!

Questions inspired by movies...

If you will, a brief justification of the ontological necessity of modern man's existential dilemma (in less than 10 words). (Reality Bites)
Invective Violent Femmes lyrics sung to celebrity kleptomaniacs.

What came first, the music or the misery? (High Fidelity)
Oh, I dunno...the misery?

A few quickies on the music tip

Who would be in your ultimate music supergroup, your all-star Olympic team of rock?
Sadly, I've already compiled this band in my mind. Bonham -drums, Macartney - bass, Joey Santiago - git (and maybe get Mick Jones or Tom Verlaine too), Nicky Hopkins - keys, Colin Blunstone - sing.

If you released a 7" What would you put on the cover?
We did, with two different covers. One birds and one bees.

What was the first/last album you bought on the day it was released?
I swear when albums come out I'm the last one to know. I've never bought an album on the release date, and if I did, I didn't know.

And finally...If Josh Schwartz, creator of the OC, asked your band to perform on his TV show (as Modest Mouse, the Killers and the Walkmen recently have) would you?
I am hopelessly addicted to the OC. I can safely say the boys in the band would not be into it, and I'm not sure if I would be either. They recently played a song of ours in the background during a whip cream licking Spring Break in Miami Beach scene. I haven't seen it yet cause we've been on tour. I'm afraid of having my reality breach the boundaries of fantasy. The OC is escapism for me. Teenage problems ultimately solved by rich white parents. If I saw myself in my unreality it would ruin it for me. And I just have to see how Kirsten is going to cope with her blossoming alcoholism. - The Gothamist

"Robbers Step Out From A Shadow"

Robbers step out from a shadow
August 02, 2007

Ever since the release of its suspiciously Spoon-esque debut album, "Tree City," in 2005, Brooklyn band Robbers on High Street has had a rough time with critics.

"Most of 'Tree City' sounds lifted from [Spoon front man] Britt Daniel's songbook," wrote Peter Macia in a particularly pointed Pitchfork review. "I mean, it sounds like they stole the tapes from Britt's house and scribbled their name over his."


With such barbs still caught in the Internet, one might suspect the young New Yorkers would keep their distance from the tall Texan and his bandmates. Instead, Robbers on High Street ended up releasing its sophomore effort, "Grand Animals," on July 24, just two weeks after Spoon's much-ballyhooed "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga" hit shelves.

"We've had a terrible time living in their shadow," acknowledges Robbers singer and chief songwriter Ben Trokan about the release dates. Still, he maintains the bands are distinct: "I just feel like they're in a whole 'nother world from us."

Thanks to the songs on "Grand Animals," those worlds appear to be moving apart. Though the record still features plenty of the minimalist guitar riffs, syncopated piano lines, throbbing bass and throaty vocals that earned comparisons to Spoon the first time around, "Grand Animals" has some uniquely large arrangements. And the newly thematic songwriting is altogether startling, with tracks like "The Ramp" -- a story about a dying kid who gets a hospital visit from Leonardo DiCaprio -- heralding a major change for the band. "I wanted to try something more like Harry Nilsson or ELO or David Bowie, with more arrangements and stuff going on, just to see if it would work," Trokan says, adding with a laugh: "Honestly, about half of it didn't work. We just didn't put that half on the record."

-- Liam Gowing - Los Angeles Times

"Only The There And Then Could Be So Here And Now"

Accustomed as we are to our daily lives full of the here and now, there's very little room for the there and then that makes the most sense and has the most alluring scent. New York's Robbers On High Street help suspend the belief that the breezy past has all become history pages and interlocking threads of indisputable facts and conclusions. It's not a hipster's take on the bygone that the Robbers roll out either, it's more the one that gets someone labeled an old soul.

Just the name they go by reeks of the combination of words one might hear bandied about in a speakeasy of the Prohibition Era in American history, a gang that moved about the alleys and the dark corners in classy suits and ties (not saggy pants and T-shirts that hang puzzlingly down to the ankles) shaking the kickbacks out of the pockets of store owners and bartenders. These were men - cold-blooded killers and nasty people all of them, yes - who at least acted with an admirable sense of Americanized chivalric duty, if you were good to them, they treated you okay.

In no way does that really apply to the Robbers On High Street or their new album, Grand Animals, but there's a goodly amount of moonshine polishing up the creaky, old-tempered numbers of unguarded identity, or the theft of it as the missing elements of a person seem to be flapping through the air, transparent and bound for afterlives. Lead singer and songwriter Ben Trokan deserves special, opening night screening tickets to Wes Anderson's upcoming new film, "The Darjeeling Limited": as the two share a similarly modernistic way of telling stories that are significant reflections of that which has already gone by and been long forgotten. He seems to write about reputable lives that have strayed into odd corridors and been turned into vapor. There are protagonists haunted by phantoms (never a great thing for protagonists) and there are countless references to mothers and fathers, a tip-off that none of the main characters in these songs ever feel confidently in charge.

There is a lot of insignificance and inconsequentiality being battled with in these songs. People aren't sure if they're here or they're not - most just given that feeling from the other grand animals out there on the streets, who look out for the No. 1 and all else becomes myopic. They're ignored and looked past, just another blurry face and splotchy mess of moving colors and heat - nothing to really bother with. Trokan hooks his lyrics of searching and disappointment onto a fine art vernacular and pieces of mood music that could pass for 60 years old or barely old enough to drink. - Daytrotter

"Robbers on High Street"

There’s not much we can say about RoHS that hasn’t been said before. Expertly-crafted pop rock tunes that are just done RIGHT.

Song List:

1. Watch Me Disappear 03:00
2. Electric Eye 03:08
3. Hollow Hill 03:33
4. Descender 03:35
5. Something to Say (The Action) 03:43
6. Opal Ann 03:55 - Band In Boston Podcast

"Robbers on High Street - Electric Eye"

I have to admit: prior to being sent this track, I hadn’t heard of Robbers on High Street. By way of background, for those who find themselves in the same situation as me, Robbers on High Street are a sextet from Brooklyn that have been around since 2002. Looking quickly at their bio on Wikipedia, I find that they have 2 albums and various singles already under their belt, and it disappoints me that I haven’t heard of them sooner.

On this track – the A-side to their recently released Electric Eye 7? single – the group reminds me of the best parts of Spoon. It’s effervescent and up-tempo, filled with hand-clapping, bright horns and the confident swagger of a band that knows exactly what it’s doing. I’m looking forward to catching up with them.

Order yourself a copy of the vinyl 7? here. It’s limited to 500 copies, so it’s probably best not to wait. If you’re not the physical media type, the single will be released digitally on June 22. The band also has a few dates lined up in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Cambridge and Washington, DC. Check out the details of the remaining dates here. - Tympanogram

"Robbers on High Street Release New Single, “Electric Eye.” Prep New Album and Mini Tour"

Robbers on High Street are a New York staple. Anyone who’s anyone knows the name. The Brooklyn band first hit the scene a few years ago with their debut album Tree City, and then with Grand Animals, that was released nearly 3 years ago.

Robbers are back in full action now, prepping a new album in which the name has not been released yet. The band has been playing new songs from the record since the Summer of last year, and when I talked to them last July, they seemed to be really excited to get started on it. The result that we’ve heard so far, seems to show a more mature side of the band and one that draws a bit more from their 70's influences. This is going to be one of the lookout records for 2010.

Robbers on High Street have just released the first single from the record called “Electric Eye,” which seems to bring out the spirit of the new songs. Singer Ben Trokan’s voice is better than ever, envoking such passion, and doing it smoothly. Robbers on High Street are one of the greatest rock and roll bands of our generation, there is no doubt about that.

The single for “Electric Eye” will be released on vinyl tomorrow, with the digital single being released on June 22nd. The B-side will be another new tune titled “Face the Fog.”

In celebration of the new album, Robbers will be going out on a few dates this week in support of the new single. They’re bringing labelmates The Bloodsugars along with them. If you’re in New York, they’ll be playing the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Saturday night. Don’t miss out on this show. It’s going to be incredible (like always!) - Modern Mystery

"Giveaway: Robbers on High Street @ Velvet Lounge"

The super fun and under-appreciated Robbers on High Street will be at the Velvet Lounge on Friday night. We have a pair of tickets and a copy of the band's new "Electric Eye" 7'' to giveaway. If you win (or even if you don't!), go and appreciate the heck out of them.

Post the name of your favorite rainy day band in the comments to win. And then, when it starts storming, use the comments as a reference in making a rainy day mix. You're welcome. - Brightest Young Things

"Robbers On High Street Ready New 7? Single “Electric Eye”"

Tomorrow Robbers On High Street will be releasing their 7? single of “Electric Eye” via Engine Room Recordings. They have gone towards a sound that rivals the likes of The Coral. It’s smart guitar rock that sounds like it came from the 60's. It’s the type of musical that many people would enjoy. It’s backed by b-side “Face The Fog”. Both are available to stream below: - We All Want Something To Shout For

"Singled Out: Robbers On High Street's Electric Eye (A Top Story)"

Singled Out: Robbers On High Street's Electric Eye was a top story. Here it is again: Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Ben Trokan from Robbers On High Street tells us about their recently released 7 inch "Electric Eye." We now turn it over to for the story:

Someone once told me that every pop song is really in a major key. "Electric Eye," I assure you, is absolutely minor. The ghoulish opening chord confirms it all. It's a C# half-diminished for all you muso-nerds, which is about as easy to play as it is to admit that you know how to play it.

It's one of the earlier ones that I wrote for our new record but one of the later ones we learned. Just came to me, like most things, walking down the street when I was nowhere close to being able to sit down and figure it out. If it wasn't for voice memos on cell phones I don't think I'd ever write another song.

The acoustic guitar strut/handclaps thing reminds me of a song off this Papas Fritas record I listened to quite a bit back in good ol' Y2k. The vocals are in octaves, which is a trick I've always admired in some Superchunk songs and I'm surprised we never did it before, considering my voice is so low and Steve's so very, very high. Though full disclosure, I was listening to Macca's Flaming Pie a lot around then (don't be a wimp, go the distance with Paul!) and there's a track, "The World Tonight," that probably sunk into my subconscious and made me do this.

We had to take care when tracking not to say "Electric Guys", though it was suggested to me that this could perhaps open up a new audience to Robbers on High Street. The trumpet player Dave called it a "crossover hit", to which Jared, the baritone player said, "crossover to what?" I'm still trying to figure that out.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album - right here! - AntiMusic

"Robbers Return To Boston With Their Guns Blazing"

Robbers on High Street is the Brooklyn band formed eight years ago when Poughkeepsie natives Ben Trokan and Steve Mercado rekindled their childhood friendship and began jamming in the Big Apple. Their debut album, "Tree City," made many "best of" 2005 lists, including our own.

The band's second album, 2007's "Grand Animals," fused a bit more funk and balladry into the mix, but slipped away relatively unnoticed. There's a third album on the way, marking a return to guitar rock, and fans can hear some of their new music Sunday night, when Robbers on High Street headline T.T. the Bear's in Cambridge.

The current lineup includes Trokan and Mercado on guitars and vocals, Morgan King on bass, Mikey Post on drums and David Sherman on keyboards.

When they debuted, the Robbers were compared to The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand and later to David Bowie. That's pretty heady company. The flip side seems to think the band is a junior league version of Spoon.

"I'm not sure where that's coming from," said Trokan. "I think it's just because they became very successful just as we started. And I think Spoon is one of the better bands out there. But we didn't try to sound like them. I guess they compare myself and their singer because not a lot of singers in rock sound like us."

Their influences extend to some of rock's greats.

"Definitely the Kinks would be a major influence for us, and they always have been," said Trokan. "We also liked The Pretty Things, and a lot of those other 1960s British bands, along with American garage rock."

Looking back, the Robbers can see that their second album was a bit of a left turn that may have confused fans, and that's one reason the forthcoming CD harkens back to the sound that won them fame.

"This next one will be much more representative of what we are as a live band," Trokan said.

"If you placed all our work on a timeline, you'd guess that this third album is actually the one that came right after our debut."

Trokan and Mercado's songwriting has always been finely detailed, leaning toward vignettes and subtle observations. Tunes like "Hudson Tubes," "The Fatalist," "Love Underground" and "Crown Victoria" presented unique views of life in the city. "Electric Eye," the first single from the new album, is already out.

However, the album doesn't have a label yet. Their old label, New Line, "kind of folded," Trokan said, adding the band is weighing offers and considering releasing it themselves.

"We're already selling singles at our shows and online, and over the summer we'll figure out how best to release the album. In the meantime we'll be going back to all the cities that have been good to us, like Boston. No offense to the people of Norman, Oklahoma, but we won't be playing towns like that, where no one is likely to show up. We're not 24 anymore, and we don't want to spend six weeks in a van together. Everyone has day jobs, and we're all just past the big 3-0, but we'll gladly spend every weekend working the band as far as we can go."

Fans who may not even realize it have probably heard Robbers music, as their tunes found spots on several movie soundtracks, including "Georgia Rules," "Wedding Crashers," and "Just Friends."

"That definitely helped pay the rent for awhile there," Trokan said. "Movies are a great way to get your name out there."

Fans can expect to hear lots of the new stuff, but Trokan assures the band will play old favorites, too.

"We're not exactly dinosaurs on the state fair circuit, but I realize people may want to hear our old stuff. But we will do a fair amount of the new music."

The Robbers on High Street will share the bill with three other bands , Sunday, so don't expect the Robbers to take the stage until about 11 p.m. Sunday. All tickets are $9. - Patriot Ledger

"Arts & Entertainment"

Robbers on High Street: While born in the U.S.A., the Robbers' snappy, airy sound and drily tossed off narratives suggest lots of listening to smug British rockers (think Ray Davies, Elvis Costello) whilst strolling down London's High Street. Rip-offs in a good way. With the Bloodsugars and Fleeting Ends. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9 p.m. Thursday, $10, 215-739-5577,

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Watch sports videos you won't find anywhere else - Philadelphia Daily News

"New Music: Robbers on High Street"

Brooklyn-based five-piece Robbers on High Street have released a vinyl single titled "Electric Eye", with b-side "Face The Fog" via Engine Room Recordings. The cuts are delightfully soulful, savory rock tunes that are guaranteed to impress with their tight musicianship and catchy tunefulness.

The songs are from an album called Hey There Golden Hair, although we can't tell you much more yet. The band is backed by the Daptone horn section, who have worked with heavyweights like Amy Winehouse (OK, former heavyweight) and Sharon Jones (current heavyweight), on many of the cuts for extra soul power.

The band played several CMJ dates, but hasn't announced any further shows save for one. Don't go looking for the group's original material, though: the band will be playing in musical costume as Electric Light Orchestra on Halloween night at the Mercury Lounge.

You can stream the 7" here. -peter menniti
- Baeble Music

"Pop and Rock Listings"

ROBBERS ON HIGH STREET (Saturday) There’s a lot of the Beatles, especially their piano-pumping side, in the songs of Robbers on High Street, updated with Elvis Costello’s gruffness and a matter-of-fact desperation. With the Bloodsugars, Israel Darling and Spouse. At 8 p.m., the Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn , (347) 529-6696,; $8 in advance, $10 at the door. (Pareles)20100610

- New York Times


* Tree City (2005, New Line Records)
* Grand Animals (2007, New Line Records)
* Hey There Golden Hair (2012, Rocco Grecco Records)

Singles and EPs
* "Love Underground" (demo) b/w "New Evil" 7" (2003, Scratchie Records)
* Fine Lines EP (2004, New Line Records)
* The Fatalist and Friends EP (2006, New Line Records)
* Season's Greetings (cover) (Holiday song) (2008)
* Electric Eye b/w Face In The Fog 7" (2010, Engine Room Recordings)
* Anything Could Happen EP (2012, Rocco Grecco Records)

* Wedding Crashers soundtrack (2005, New Line Records) song: "Love Underground"
* Just Friends soundtrack (2005, New Line Records) song: "Big Winter"
* Fast Food Nation soundtrack (2006, Park The Van Records) song: "Debonair"
* Georgia Rule soundtrack (2007, New Line Records) song: "The Fatalist"
* Four Christmases soundtrack (2008, New Line Records) song: "Season's Greetings (cover)"
* Guilt By Association, Vol. 2 compilation (2008, Engine Room Recordings) song: "Cool It Now" (cover)
* The Lifted Brow, No. 4: Fake Bookshelf book + dbl CD compilation (2009, The Lifted Brow) song: "The Duke's Dilemma"
* Buffet Libre Rewind 2 compilation (2009) song: "Shout to the Top" (cover)



Brooklyn’s Robbers On High Street had a busy 2011, performing at SXSW, DeLuna Festival & CMJ, West Coast and East Coast tours and releasing their third LP, Hey There Golden Hair via Rocco Grecco Records and on vinyl through Tijuana Gift Shop. All along they received praising reviews from Paste, Spinner, Blurt, Urb, Consequence Of Sound, The L Magazine, Relix and broadcast juggernauts KEXP had the band in for two live sessions in both their NYC and Seattle studios. The album was recorded with their expanded 6-piece lineup along with the help of a horn section borrowed from the Daptone House of Soul and even landed on “Best Of 2011” lists from Metromix, Given & Taken In Ink, Powerpopaholic and more.

They follow up the full length with, Anything Could Happen. The EP will only be available digitally and on limited edition, hand pressed vinyl and drops April 17, 2012.

Known for their placements in movies such as Wedding Crashers and Georgia Rule and TV shows The O.C., Californication and Six Feet Under, Robbers return to the small screen tonight when “Hey Unbelievers” will play on USA’s Royal Pains.

Originally only available via PledgeMusic to those who pre-ordered HTGH and pledged for other exclusive items, Anything Can Happen is a rapid journey in four tracks over fifteen minutes.

“The Letter,” possibly the most obscure track the band has ever recorded, is an outtake from Hey There Golden Hair. “It was originally supposed to lead into another song so we recorded it in tandem as one long seven and a half minute stretch of tape,” explains singer/guitarist Ben Trokan. “But when it came time to sequence the album it didn't fit with the other tunes so we chopped them in two. You can actually hear where the tape runs out at the very end of the fade on 'The Letter’.”

Blending Black Sabbath w/ Beatles, “The Letter” even surprised the band. “I made a CD of demos I did for Golden Hair and 'The Letter' was the lead off track. Mikey (drums) told me when he first played it in his car he thought he put on the wrong CD.”

The other tunes were recorded and mixed in a series of weekends at Dunham Studio. No demos, no rehearsals, the band just ran through the tunes while producer Matt Shane set up and captured sounds. “We actually work really well under time constraints and knowing that the sooner we get it done the sooner we can reward ourselves with a tall cool one,” admits Trokan. “'Didn't Wanna Know' and 'Anything Could Happen' I had laying around for a while but 'Hello My Old Friends' was basically written on the spot. Originally we tried to get it in the new Muppet movie but they didn't take it. Jesse Blum and Morgan played some amazing trumpet and trombone on 'Hello' and somewhere I have a photo of Morgan's mouth covered in blood after recording the Jews harp on 'Anything Could Happen.' What an animal!"

Expect spring and summer tour dates to be announced soon.

“(Hey There Golden Hair) showcases the band’s eclectic instrumentation (hey there, organ!) with their clever and unbelievably hooky choruses that sound straight from the classic rock airwaves.”
- Nick Heinlein, KEXP

“A clever, confident amalgam of '60s psych and '70s pop, Robbers on High Street have
delivered one of the year's most unexpected surprises.”
- Stephen Haag, POPMATTERS

“While looking to the late ’60s and early ’70s for influence isn’t surprising, Robbers on High Street
makes the classic sound fresh with sweet songwriting, catchy riffs, and a whole lot of fun.”

“Hey There Golden Hair is filled with twelve terrific slices of 60's pop complete with blasting horns, harmonies to die for and hooks galore.”
- Tim Hinely, BLURT

“Soulful indie rock reminiscent of the glory days of Death Cab or Interpol, but with a sound
and energy wholly unique unto Trokan’s songwriting.”
- Sydney Brownstone, THE L MAGAZINE

“The quintet was consistently tight and solid, demonstrating above all