Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Single: Robocobra Quartet - Iwazaru

Robocobra Quartet Iwazaru

Robocobra Quartet, 'Iwazaru'

Info: Belfast jazz-punk act Robocobra Quartet release their double-sided 7" vinyl lathe single 'Iwazaru', (with 'Mizaru' on the b-side) on the 16th of October (details below). The band describe their music as; 'the product of influence in equal parts from hardcore, jazz and hip-hop. Pleading vocals are cradled by an effect-heavy instrumental that morphs in sympathy to each word spoken, offering up saxophone stabs, latin drum patterns and distorted bass when and where appropriate.'

On their BOMBER E.P., released in April of this year, and my review of 'Mizaru' last month I went through the personally perceived influences ranging from classical jazz to modern experimental adaptations, most notably the amazing BADBADNOTGOOD from Toronto. What makes Robocobra Quartet stand out though is the pained story-telling / spoken-word aspect of their music which takes a central position within their compositions. Alongside some deft brass arrangements and percussion, on 'Iwarazu' they have created a frustrated and almost angst-ridden mood and delivery. As with all of their previous releases the magic lies in the chaotic and forceful amalgamation of all of the above which they bring down on you like a hammer before slowly releasing you from their grasp by the tracks conclusion. 

Robocobra Quartet play the following upcoming dates, with their penultimate show in The Bello Bar, Dublin, on Friday, 13th of November;

Fri 25 Sept - The Magic Garden, London, UK
Sat 26 Sept - Four Bars, Cardiff, UK
Sun 27 Sept - The Mothers' Ruin, Bristol, UK
Fri 30 Oct - Black Box, Belfast, UK
Sat 31 Oct - Smalltown America, Derry, UK
Fri 13 Nov - Bello Bar, Dublin, IRE

You can pre-order 'Iwazaru / Mizaru' here on vinyl or digitally here.

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