CD review CROBOT ‘Motherbrain’

(9/10) Pottsville, Pennsylvania is the homebase of Retro rockers Crobot, a band that started in 2011. Crobot is the brainchild of Brandon Yeagley and Chris Bishop with Dan Ryan and James Lascu completing the current line-up. So far the band has released three longplayers and ‘Motherbrain’ adds a fourth chapter to the books.

The new album is the first one for Crobot releases via Mascot Label Group and it’s the Retro Rock sound that fits very well in the labels portfolio.

‘Burn’ is the strong beginning of the album, a Rock anthem with a bluesy riff in the center. Excellent vocal lines round off this well-chosen opener, which increases appetite for more. And more is still to come. 10 more songs are part of ‘Motherbrain’s tracklist and it’s up to ‘Keep Me Down’ to keep things rolling. Retro Rock with a stronger Blues touch is again the main formula of the song that follows a similar pattern as the opener.

‘Drown’ takes’ a bit of another road. Still fitting perfectly to Crobot’s roots, the song spreads a grunge-based vibe with a modern finish. ‘Alpha Dawg’ is deeply rooted in the ‘70s and it’s the moderate paced ‘Stoning the Devil’ that continues to bring past into present. Although Crobot built their music on roots that started to grow decades ago, it’s a modern sound that makes the album to more than just another ‘retro classic release’. It’s the feel of the ‘70’s and the organic sound of today that harmonizes on ‘’Motherbrain’ extremely well.

Crobot’s newest longplayer comes without any ballad. What might be in usual makes perfect sense, since it’s the eleven songs carrying a lot of feel, making a standard heartbreaker redundant.

‘Motherbrain’ for sure benefits of the ongoing hype around Retro Rock and Classic Rock without relying on it. Crobot’s sound has far too much of an own identity and a timeless vibe that will find friends all over the place beyond the here and now. Well done guys.

(9/10)

Tracklist:

  1. Burn
  2. Keep Me Down
  3. Drown
  4. Low Life
  5. Alpha Dawg
  6. Stoning The Devil
  7. Gasoline
  8. Destroyer
  9. Blackout
  10. After Life
  11. The Hive

Label: Mascot Label Group

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: August 23rd, 2019

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