Robbers On High Street

Robbers On High Street

 New York City, New York, USA
BandRock

Kinks, Pretty Things, Badfinger - sounds good? Ok hot shot, keep reading. We've stormed the stage at a Jordan Knight concert, played entire sets as ELO, and one of us can fly a plane. Morrissey saw us in LA once, he cried we were so good. We love the Mets and hate mouth breathers.

Biography

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.”
- Jeremy Larson, CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

“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

Lyrics

Electric Eye

Written By: Trokan

Electric Eye, I’ll give you all I have
Electric Eye won’t change
It’s sings for your heart now baby
Memory starts to fade away
Electric Eye always wins

You can’t shuffle it off
You can’t shuffle it off and erase

Electric Eye I’ll give you all I have
Electric Eye won’t blink
It sings for your heart now baby
Memory starts to fade away
Electric Eye always wins

Watch it happen
Years go flashing
Whoa ho oh
Watch it happen
Years go flashing
Whoa ho oh
Whoa ho oh oh

It sings for your heart now baby
Memory starts to fade away
Electric Eye always wins

There’s no shutting it off
There’s no shutting it off

Watch it happen
Years go flashing
Whoa ho oh
Watch it happen
Years go flashing
Whoa ho oh
Whoa ho oh oh

Face In The Fog

Written By: Trokan

Morning buys you a bag of bones
Wondering where the money goes
Sipping breakfast and shuffling
Though the hustle that the morning brings

Now you’re out and you’re full of wonder
You dare to see that you’re out and you’re full of wonder
That the style won’t fill in the need

Taking stock of what you need
Money clips and magazines
How you love all the little things
You’re just two sticks in a pair of jeans

Now you’re out and you’re full of wonder
You dare to see that you’re out and you’re full of wonder
That the style won’t fill in the need

You are the face in the fog baby
Get up and stand with us all
It’s covering everything

Didn’t you ever wonder?
Didn’t you ever see?
Didn’t you ever wonder?

You are the face in the fog baby
Get up and stand with us all
It’s covering everything

The Fatalist

Written By: King/Mercado/Trokan

I was down for the count
Down, never out
I was determined
But I couldn’t catch a break
Always treading in the wake
Like I was afraid of it

So I gave up the fight
Let me fall where I might
Maybe I’m set to win
I quit action, I quit plan
I shook that big invisible hand
And welcomed the Fatalist

Give yourself into its vision
No more struggle, no decision
Beyond your control
So give in and let go
Enter the Fatalist

Oh we try so hard
Oh we try, try so hard
To get out of this
What is behind it?
The omniscient it
Yes, Fatalist

Give yourself into its vision
No more struggle, no decision
Beyond your control
Welcome the unknown
Yes, Fatalist

Spanish Teeth

Written By: Trokan

Do you remember when it all began?
Before the fit ever hit the shan
Now I got some plans for you
To try to limit what you can do
But I know that you will find.

A baby way to get back at me
Your S’s squeak through your Spanish teeth

They chatter up neck and down my spine
So let the punishment fit the crime
Now you’re burning just to be alive
Lit up like a match with make-up

How long could this go on?

Try to reason but it does not show
So if you’re letting would you let me know
What kind of sparks are gonna fly at home

Wild dogs bark at the moon
Burn up the witch’s broom
What else am I supposed to do?
Smoke cigarettes and brood
We’ve seen some darker days in these tombs
As your blood is boiling it curdles your hearts boom-boom

They chatter up my spine and down my neck
And now oh girl, make me forget
That I’m giving and you just get
Lit up like a match with make up

How long could this go on?

Crown Victoria

Written By: Trokan

Well he files through his manuscripts and monograms
Through the vials and slips written in shaky hand
Through the piles of the costumes for the actor’s guild
There finds one last favor to be filled

He’ll disguise his clever customers of good faith and name
And hang to dry all the turncoats to be made
Mend your mind to help keep his family’s pockets full
But vilify and you’ll soon be swimming Kill Van Kull

They won’t trust you now as if they ever would
The drug tailor’s in town so show yourself around
And they won’t cut you in as if they ever would
They’ll ride right over ya in the Crown Victoria

So say goodbye and take the Shortline to the Park ‘n Ride
Don’t look back just leave it all behind
Skinny Don’s diamond eyes refract the world at hand
Steal a ride and kiss the magic ring of a crooked man

They won’t trust you now as if they ever would
Don’t wait ‘til it all falls down get out while the getting’s good
And they won’t cut you in as if they ever would
They’ll ride right over ya in their Crown Victoria

Across Your Knee

Written By: Trokan

Can we walk through the times, the deepening divide
The damned and the divine they carry on never denied
Oh sweet autonomy, fulfill our borrowed dreams
When it’s a crazy day at sea
So cappy please hang onto me

I’ll be made to want it so bad
Tease, I’ll wait across your knee
Please don’t make it burn
Got my lessons learned

Can we see through the plans and symbols used by man
The fruit, the salt, the sand.
So constantly how we began
Now do we speak too soon
This human urge to move
I’ll meet you in the womb
Our sickly minds we want to soothe

I see the home where my father’s from
And as we grow his bones get crumbly
Ours get strong
I see the place where my mother waits
And as she tires her blood in our bodies
Flows along endlessly

Discography

Albums
* 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)

Compilations
* 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)

Set List

Hey Unbelievers
Crystal Run
Spanish Teeth
Electric Eye
Face In the Fog
Happy Horses Always
Watch Me Disappear
Crown Victoria
Second Chance
Fatalist
Married Young
Opal Ann
Monkey
Hudson Tubes
Love Underground