Riff-monsters Crobot conjures up the kind of rock 'n' roll that has grooves so powerful they throw you around the room and hooks high enough to shake the heavens. They take the sweet-sounding nectar of the gods and pour it down your throat until you're wailing along like a banshee.With tens of millions of streams, countless shows and acclaimfrom the likes of Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Kerrang, BBC Radio, SiriusXMOctane, Loudwire, Guitar World and more, Brandon Yeagley [vocals], Chris Bishop[guitar], Tim Peugh [bass], and Dan Ryan [drums] realize their vision likenever before on their fifth full-length,Feel This[Released June3via Mascot Records].Feel Thisis the follow-up to 2019s Top 10 Heatseekers albumMotherbrain–whose cumulative streams havesurpassed 30million.20million of which were for the goliath single "LowLife" -a US Top 10 at active rock radio on the Billboard Mainstreamwith a 29-week run."This is the record we've been wanting to do ever since westarted," exclaims Brandon. "We've always thought of ourselves as alive act," he continues. "When Jay Ruston described his process ofrecording, we were beyond excited about getting in and getting our hands dirty.It involved performing live as a unit and finishing all instruments on a songbefore moving on to the next. We recorded 16 songs in 21 days, which is a featin itself."Feel Thisis a tale of perseverance. "Through constantstruggles, we learn more what it's like to be human. Our shortcomingsandstrengths alike make us a unique species," Brandon reflects. "FeelThis very well may point to our biggest strength of all, our ability to feelemotion (for better or worse)."Human nature is threaded throughout the album, from volatile relationships ["Dizzy"] to imperfections and learning from mistakes on "Holy Ghost." Its warbling harmony wraps around the wah-drenched guitar straight out of Seattle; Brandon's grunge-y wail rings out on the hook, "I am not the holy ghost. I won't ever save your soul." There's "believing in somethingso much" on "Set You Free," which spirals towards a seismic crescendo and emotionally charged guitar lead from Bishop.Around the psyche-digging lyrics, they are never far away fromthunderous rock 'n' roll. "Electrified" kickstarts the album as arip-roaring livewire anthem. "It's your classic rock 'n' roll tune aboutFrankenstein boots and being invincible!" Brandon says. There's an epicanti-hero tale on "Without Wings," and then there's "Dance withthe Dead." Forgetting your troubles over an irresistible groove, the songstruts with high-register harmonies and the infectious chant of "Let's godance with the dead. They know how to kill it!""Golden" is a soaring homage to a god-gone-too soon."When it came to the lyrics, we collectively wanted it to be a tribute toChris Cornell," says Brandon. "We're so influenced by everything heand Soundgarden have done. We ran with the song in honor of his legacy."They made waves withLegend of the Spaceborne Killer,Something Supernatural, andWelcome To Fat City. However,Motherbrain represented a high watermark. They've crisscrossed the US and the world in road-warrior style, playing with the likes of Anthrax, Black Label Society, Chevelle, Clutch, Volbeat and more. They've lit up festival bills and the annual Shiprocked! Cruise. "We tour the pockets off of our pants and sleep in our van for half of the year. To some, that may seem like misery, but to us -it's Heaven baby!" the frontman says. Something they highlight on the new song, "Livin' on the Streets".2019 ended with a US tour supporting Steel Panther, and thenCovid19 punched the world in the face. As the Global Pandemic descended uponus, Chris and Dan hunkered down in Austin to jam and cut demos, sending ideasto Brandon back in Pennsylvania. 2021 saw the boys enter Orb Studios in Austinwith producer Ruston [Stone Sour, Anthrax, Steel Panther]. Since the world hasbegun to open up, the band have not stood still.Rat ChildEPwas released last summer and featured a mighty cast ofFrank Bello[Anthrax],Howard Jones[Light The Torch/ex-Killswitch Engage] andStix Zadinia[Steel Panther]. They've also headed out on headline tours, playedass-kicking performances at festivals such as Rocklahoma, Aftershock, theJericho Cruise and supported Halestorm.
You'll feel rock 'n' roll comes to life in Crobot's hands."We never want to make the same album twice," Brandon leaves off."There is something for every Crobot fan out there as well asnewcomers.At the same time, we're having fun. We want to be taken seriously, but not tooseriously—because this is monkey hour after all." "That's the fucking lineright there," agrees Bishop. "We want you to walk away smiling. If Ican make you smile, I've done my job"