Robes

Robes

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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"This might be my new favorite local band-Sprawling guitar pop, dramatic vocals, blistering, throbbing beats. You could feel the vibrations ricocheting off the walls and ceilings, creating a layer of sonic fuzz...It was awesome. (Phrequency.com show review of Robes with The Love Language)

Biography

Robes was formed in the final months of 2007 and quickly solidified themselves as one of the most exciting mainstays of the thriving Philadelphia music scene.

It started in late 2006, in a cold South Philadelphia home with no heat founding members, Ryan (Guitar) and Greg (Vocals), often found themselves wearing layers of clothing under bathrobes to stay warm. This was the case when they recorded their first demo's and jokingly referred to these tracks as "The Robes Sessions". The name went from tongue in cheek to reality when they were approached to play their first show. Aside from a name the band also needed members so the duo called upon the services of good friends Kevin (drums) and Josh (bass) to round out the lineup.

With influences ranging from the The Beatles to The Clash. Robes tend to blend their music with a meticulously focused delivery of Swirling Melodic Shoegaze (My Bloody Valentine/Ride) mixed in a Neo-Pyschedelia Twist (Stone Roses/Flaming Lips). Robes have created a sound all their own through the combination of howling guitar riffs, dramatic vocals and straight up good tunes. The result is a wall of sound that draws in listeners whether it be live or on recording.

In May of 2008 Robes self released their debut E.P. The Breaks which is currently available directly through the bands myspace page: www.myspace.com/robesphiladelphia. The release garnered rave reviews in several Philadelphia publications including Philadelphia Weekly which wrote, "With a cocky swagger and gritty cool, the boys rattle off dancefloor-fit guitar-pop slathered in a thick shoegaze-y haze, emerging like bastard children of Ride, the Strokes and Joy Division". The Philadelphia Inquirers' Philly.com called them "...Philadelphia's answer to Editors or Doves (and added) Check this band out before they're all over MTV2 and on the soundtrack to an episode of a CW show. Nothing beats being able to say "I saw them when…""

Robes spent the next several months headlining a tremendous amount of shows in Philadelphia in addition to opening for such acts as Strokes off-shoots Little Joy, Detroit legends The Von Bondies, Polyvinyl records The Love Language and Headlights and lended support to local heros Denali at their reunion show in June. They also played a huge Campus Philly Festival which averaged attendance over 10,000 and featured Armor for Sleep and The Cool Kids. The band rounded out the year embarking on a tour with Providence's MakeUpBreakUp (S.A.F. Records).

As of recent Robes have performed live on Philadelphia radio stations WXPN/YROCK and WKDU and have been enjoying regular rotation on each. Most exciting of all Robes have just completed a NEW E.P. of material with celebrated Philadelphia producer, Brian Mctear of Miner Street Studios. The band will be self releasing the e.p. in early August and are in the process of lining up a tour in support of the album for the fall. The new material shows an incredible progression for the young band while maintaining a sound that is distinctly their own.

www.robesmusic.com

Discography

Nothing Can Save Us E.P. (2009 Self Released)

The Breaks E.P. (2008 Self Released)

Set List

If They Ask...
Soft Spite
Nothing Can Save Us
I'm Floating On You
The Hardest Walk (The Jesus and Mary Chain Cover)
Dorian Grey
The Breaks

(20-30 mins)