Need to Know: 1000 Robota


Mar 12 2008, 21h07

Most days you roll out of bed not expecting anything out of the ordinary. Most days you're right. This is not that day.

I was doing a bit of routine Myspace wankery -- clicking and reading and listening to friends of friends of friends' profiles. And I happened upon a band profile whose music shot electrodes through my headphones, down my aural passages and into the pit of my heart.

Hamburg post-punkers 1000 robota are to blame. They mix sharp melodies and staccatoed percussion with intense German vocals for a truly enthralling sound. I have no idea what they're singing about, yet every song is curiously hypnotic.

Somewhat shockingly, the band is helmed by 17 year olds Jonas Hinnerkort and Sebastian Muxfeldt, and 18 year old Anton Speilmann. That the trio has already carved a sound so particular, and plays it with such confidence, surely foreshadows great things to come.

They've just released a five-track EP, Hamburg Brennt, on Tapete Records. The title track is as catchy as it is manic, speeding furiously for two minutes before coming to an abrupt halt. "Sachen Erleben" is another gem, especially intriguing for its complex arrangement and dark bass line.

The end track is a cover of "Wir Bauen Eine Neue Stadt," originally by early 80s German avant-rock/post-punk/dadaist rock band Palais Schaumburg. It is basically a contemporary take on the song, minus the details (no trumpet!) that make the original so damn cool. Still, it's a decent track, and I always get the warm fuzzies when bands pay tribute to their ancient influences.

Highly recommended.

For fans of: Palais Schaumburg, Electricity In Our Homes, Neils Children, Wire, Gang of Four.


  • sophiascalpel

    i think the palais schaumburg cover is terrible... but still of course its nice to see young kids covering a band like PS... although i was a bit "confused" and sort of worried when i saw that no tribute or words where made about palais schaumburg on robotas myspace... all the kids and people who have no clue who PS are think its 1000 robotas song! thats something that i dont really favour... and to be serious after all in all listening to their stuff for 9 minutes and watching their myspace i really had the thought its probably a label-set-up thingy? maybe i am wrong... but it seemed to me like that. theyre nothing special... all they do is actually being exact like the english nme hyped bands just doing german lyrics and covering genius music instead of writing their own genius stuff. okey, nothing against nme hyped bands.. it can happen that theres something nice among it.

    Jul 11 2008, 2h16
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