I recently discovered a new epic band from right here in my home state of Pennsylvania – Crobot. I saw they were opening for Buckcherry and Lit in Philly at Xfinity Live!, so I checked out one of their songs online and I was hooked. I hit ’em up for an interview, and the rest is history. Their live show blew me away. One of the best performances I’ve seen in awhile, period, but especially for an “up-and-coming” band.
Crobot hail from outer space, but set up shop years ago in Pottsville, PA. My cousin (not really, but it’s fun to pretend), guitarist Chris Bishop is an absolute monster on the guitar. Combining head-banging riffs and groovy melodies, he creates more of an experience rather than a song. He also does a mean tattoo (hit him up for ink – Fallen Angels X13 Tattoo Studios – Pottsville, PA). Complimenting The Bish is the driving rhythm section of Tony Kobel (drums) and Sam Grim (bass). Especially on songs like like album’s title track, “Legend of The Spaceborne Killer”, their hard-hitting style makes you wanna head-bang like an animal. Turn around, and songs like “Leave The Key” make you wanna close your eyes and just sway back ‘n’ forth. Their fills and rhythms are old-school and tough, remeniscent of bands like The Who. Topping it all off is frontman Brandon Yeagley. With his larger-than-life on-stage persona, and the sideburns of a god, Yeagley is one of the top up-and-coming lead singers in the rock world. Do give you a graphic visual; if you took Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) and Robert Plant’s (Led Zeppelin) vocal cords and tied them together, you’d have Brandon Yeagley. With impressive range and power in his voice, he backs it up with a crazed performance; jumping around on stage, swinging the mic cord, and whipping his hair around like a madman.
The band is currently touring on their debut LP, The Legend of The Spaceborne Killer. While you can make a lot of old-school comparisons, the album is a total breath of fresh air. It’s hard, heavy, groovy, and smooth. It’s great music, and the charisma to go with it. My favorite song, the single “Weight Me Down”, is heavy and sexy. It’s the kind of track that makes you wanna take your pants off. For your first taste of Spaceborne, I highly recommend it. The albums title track is an absolute monster, and the rest of the album is damn good. It’s tough to choose the highlights. Their current tour has seen them share stages with the likes of Buckcherry, Lit, Charm City Devils, and more. Throughout their career, they’ve graced stages from Philadelphia, PA all the way to Anchorage, AK. Be sure to catch these guys while their on tour, and get ready to experience the Legend of the Spaceborne Killers. – by Matt Bishop (Photos Courtesy of Crobot)