Crobot live in Racine, Wi, 2019

It’s been a long time since I saw Crobot and their brand of rock. The last show was at Sonic Boom in Janesville, Wi, and I really needed to see them once again. This time, I got a chance to see them in a more intimate setting, with a more mature Crobot.
Crobot US Tour 2019 poster
It’s been a long time since I saw Crobot and their brand of rock. The last show was at Sonic Boom in Janesville, Wi, and I really needed to see them once again. This time, I got a chance to see them in a more intimate setting, with a more mature Crobot.
 
Carbellion got off to a busy start of live events. Among them were Summerfest 2005 (touted as the world’s largest free music festival) on Milwaukee’s lakefront, two Bomblastica 2005 (Maximum Ink magazines birthday party sponsored by Berghoff Beer and Maximum Ink) performances, a label showcase at the Penny Rd. Pub in Barrington Illinois, and a welcoming celebration for freshman at Coe College in Cedar Rapids Iowa. A 5 piece of gritty hard rock & classic rock influence, they drove the opening part of the night, and got the party started.
 
Electric Revolution, also out of Milwaukee, takes the finest parts of the 70s and early 80s classic rock, blues rock and early heavy metal influences to create a tasty blend that makes their music unique and current. Brock, the guitarist, opened their set with an instrumental piece. Twisting and convulsing, Brock started it up to a medium sized crowd of fans. Feeling like I was watching a behind the scenes of a Rush or Mr. Big set, they drove and chugged through songs like a freight train. Driving the songs like “I Got the Fire”, “Cookie Jar” and “Surrender” through the early part of the night, the crowd was slowly lighting up.
 
It’s amazing to ask a band about their setlist and the answer is “We don’t use them”. So, with that, I will try my best to re elect their set.
 
As the 2 man band, ‘68, sets their sights on the crowd, their erratic and hectic formula, gave fans the energy start-up they needed right before Crobot. OK, since we’re not going with the setlist, let’s say the songs that they beat into the heads of fans and new listeners alike were like “Track 1 R”, “Whether Terrified or Unafraid” and “Without Any Words”. And with Mr. Josh Scogin spouting off comedic quotes like “Thank you so much for looking at us”, “This is a song you’ve never heard before, so please sing along”, “I was born at a very young age” and “If you know the words to this last song, I’m shocked”, between songs, the congregation was paying close attention.
 
Towards the end of their set, Josh jumped on the bass drum, playing away and giving the hang loose hand sign to the crowd. As the closing song continued, even though we weren’t provided to the setlist for the night, Josh starts dismantling drums until only the snare is left. What a way to help out the stage hands! Great band to see live, hands down.
 
Crobot’s brand of dirty groove rock made this tour stop a great night of crazed live music, to say the least. As they take to the stage the background dark, they launch into “Legend of the Spaceborne Killer” and, with Crobot’s ever comedy – meets – sci-fi introduction, we all knew what we were in for. The best kind of hard rock you can have drilled into your ears.
 
Full of energy and god knows what else possesses him, Brandon Yeagley pops out of what I can only describe as an egg of Seymour. Mr Chris Bishop, bassist Eddie Collins and drummer Dan Ryan lock in together perfectly. Overall, the band has a ton of fun on stage, and it’s infectious. As Brandon slithers, slides and wiggles effortlessly throughout the set, he belts out anthems like “Cloud Spiller”, “Keep Me Down”, “Gasoline” and even throwing in the harp (harmonica) for “The Necromancer”. He is the definition of a frontman, no question.
 
Atop of his amp, Bishop throwing his guitar around his body. Music from his instrument is full of robotic-like effects without being overbearing. Still, there are the dirty riffs a plenty.
 
As the set drew closer to an end, the four-piece drives the nail down with their new single “Low Life”, which set the night a blaze. Again, a great band to follow, even greater band to see live.