THE EMPRESS HOTEL
Once in a while you come across a band which is innovative, engaging on stage, and tight as a nun’s grasp on the note you were passing in class but shouldn’t have been. Robot Child is such a band.
Drawing on influences from Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Muse, Radiohead and a little jazz, Robot Child deliver a sound, presence and aesthetic which is certainly uniquely their own. On any given gig you might find them in full martial arts paraphernalia (including Monkey Magic on drums) or as kings and paupers. They’re enjoying themselves so much you might almost dismiss them as a bit of fun until you listen to the music.
Lyrics predominantly by guitarist Waleed Aly (academic, footy enthusiast, ABC radio host, journalist… sickeningly talented at everything), delivered by Jeff Wortman (comedian, model, footy mascot, footy journo, Triple M radio host) are crafted with keys, base, drums and percussion (hello cowbell) to produce a tight sound. This band may not have been gigging long but it’s apparent they spent a lot of time in the garage. Special mention must be made of Aly’s Queen-esque guitar solos.
Whilst they may not yet have met the stage worthy of their talent, Robot Child are brilliant. Not to be missed. LP