ROBOTANISTS – Rufied and Rockn

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SINGER:
Name: Sarah Ellquist
Nickname: Sare
Sign: Scorpio

Favorite:
Cookie. Oatmeal Rasin, yum
Color. Pink
Season: Summer

Q1. What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
A1. Ren & Stimpy

Q2. What’s your vice?
A2.Watching shows about conspiracy theories

Q3. When are you most creative morning, mid day, or evening?
A3. Late at night.

Q4. You were slipped a radioactive roofie by an evil scientist and now have mutated, what’s your superpower?
A4.Shape Shifting

Q5. Most exciting moment of your life thus far?
A5. Finishing the new ROBOTANISTS album of course!

Q6. What do you wish was invented?
A6.The Holodeck

Q7. Childhood ambition?
A7.To be driven around in a pink limo all of the time.

Q8. If you owned a parrot, what would you teach it to say?
A8. “Sa Da Tay”

Q9. How old were you the first time you got drunk? How was the experience?
A9. My first time was in college in New Orleans (I’m lame). It involved a bottle of Jagermeister on my Birthday and copy of “Mingus at Antibes” on repeat. The rest of the details are hazy.

Q10. Biggest Pet Peeve?
A10. Conspiracy theorists.

GUITARIST:
Name: Daniel DeBlanke
Nickname: D-dubs, DEBLANKE!
Sign: Cancer

Favorite:
Cookie. black and white
Color blue .
Season Fall

Q1. What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
A1.Futurama

Q2. What’s your vice?
A2. Wine

Q3. When are you most creative morning, mid day, or evening?
A3.Early morning

Q4. You were slipped a radioactive roofie by an evil scientist and now have mutated, what’s your superpower?
A4. Mind control

Q5. Most exciting moment of your life thus far?
A5. Its a tie between the season 1 and season 2 finales of RuPaul’s Drag Race

Q6. What do you wish was invented?
A6. Those machines from star trek that simply create any food dish out of thin air.

Q7. Childhood ambition?
A7. creepy guy who hangs out with wolves all the time.

Q8. If you owned a parrot, what would you teach it to say?
A8.something from the big lebowski. “Fuck it, let’s go bowling” or “that rug really tied the room together”

Q9. How old were you the first time you got drunk? 14 How was the experience?
Q9. pretty horrible. warm beer, puking, menthol cigarettes.

Q10. Biggest Pet Peeve?
A10.  fake eye glasses

BASSIST:
Name: Keith Boyarsky
Nickname: ugh, not goin there….
Sign: peace

Favorite:
Cookie. Tagalongs
Color. eh
Season. all year in LA

Q1. What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
A1. TMNT

Q2. What’s your vice?
A2. Rush

Q3. When are you most creative morning, mid day, or evening?
A3. Midnight-8am.

Q4. You were slipped a radioactive roofie by an evil scientist and now have mutated, what’s your superpower?
A4. ability to dunk a basketball from the 3pt line.

Q5. Most exciting moment of your life thus far?
A5. living through West Texas with Preston Scott Phillips.

Q6. What do you wish was invented?
A6.Robot knees.

Q7. Childhood ambition?
A7. Rocket scientist

Q8. If you owned a parrot, what would you teach it to say?
A8. “Fuck me? Fuck you!”

Q9. How old were you the first time you got drunk? How was the experience?
A9. Probably 13 or 14, playing boardgames and drinking cherry schnapps. Quite forgettable.

Q10. Biggest Pet Peeve?
A10. standard definition programming.

DRUMMER:
Name: Preston Scott Phillips
Nickname: PSP; p dog; p diddy; p funk; porkchop.
Sign: Taurus

Favorite
Cookie: Raspberry Macaron.
Color: Green.
Season: any time it’s just cold enough for hobo gloves.

Q1. What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
A1.  Bananaman

Q2. What’s your vice?
A2. Miami

Q3. When are you most creative morning, mid day, or evening?
A3. Morning.

Q4. You were slipped a radioactive roofie by an evil scientist and now have mutated, what’s your superpower?
A4. The power to not get raped by that evil scientist. He’s trying to rape me, right? I mean, he just slipped me a roofie.

Q5. Most exciting moment of your life thus far?
A5. The moment I realized some dude really did use the drunk, debilitated girl in his arms as a human battering ram in order to knock me to the ground after I did something to piss him off.

Q6. What do you wish was invented?
A6. Bacon already exists. What kind of silly question is this?

Q7. Childhood ambition?
A7.Grow up to be the Incredible Hulk.

Q8. If you owned a parrot, what would you teach it to say?
A8.  “I’m pining for the fjords.”

Q9. How old were you the first time you got drunk? How was the experience?
A9.  Every time is like the first time: I cry, get arrested, and my pants look like they’ve been attacked by a mongoose. Oh, wait, first time I got drunk, right. I can’t remember.

Q10. Biggest Pet Peeve?
A10. Their our know pet peeves I have, so your just out of luck.

The toe starts to tap and the hips to start to sway, the melodic dance indie rock sound of Robotanist literally move you (or me). The lyrics are catchy ready to be lipsung along with Sarah, while she emotes her heart into the words she sings. The second I played the Robotanists I couldn’t get enough, playing their Myspace page and Bandcamp on repeat. Sarah’s beautiful voice dances through the music and the band creating the landscape with well conducted transitions and Easter eggs of chord progressions. I can listen to a song over and over again and find little nuances I didn’t catch before. Plans in Progress (latest album minus Radiohead cover) is a album filled with longing and discovery, and maybe I can’t get enough because that’s the place I am in my life right now. The Robotanists have an electric future ahead of them, just the right people need to hear them. Comparable to The Sounds, but ten folds better…(trying to hold back this summary as I have a review of their show last night to write as well)

Please listen to more of the Robotanists on their bandcamp

The Fling

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Name: Dustin Lovelis

Nickname: Squishy

Sign: Capricorn

Favorite:

Ice Cream-Mint and Chip

Book-Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Color -Maroon

Q1. What animal is your spirit guide?

A1. Probably a turtle.

Q2. If you had a parrot what would you teach it to say?

A2. Miercoles.

Q3. What superhero would you make your sidekick?

A3. Artie, the strongest man in the world. He lives in a porta potty and once beat up the Atlantic Ocean as punishment for allowing Summer to end.

Q4. What do you admire in a person?

A4. People who don’t take themselves too seriously. And people who can find humor in the shittiest situations.

Q5. Biggest Pet Peeve?

A5. Eating powdered donuts while walking on fresh snow.

Q6. Favorite amusement park and ride?

A6. Mr. Toad’s wild ride

Q7. Best vacation memory?

A7. My family went up to Lake Powell when I was in high school, and on the way home our 1985 Suburban ran out of coolant and overheated. My dad had all of us kids urinate in the radiator to get us to the next gas station. It totally worked.

Q8. Childhood ambition?

A8. music.

Q9. Best compliment ever received?

A9. Some little kid told me I look like Joe Dirt.

Q10. What do you wish was invented?

A10. A electric monorail that goes through every major city in the world. Public transport for everybody.

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Name: Graham Lovelis

Nickname: Grimace

Sign: Leo

Favorite

ice cream: cookies and cream

book: right now its The Dharma Bums. Or anything by Hunter S. Thompson

color: dark green
Q1. What animal is your spirit guide?

A1. I would have to say a giraffe. I fed one by hand once and we fell in love. Either that or a red panda.

Q2. If you had a parrot what would you teach it to say?

A2. Roll that beautiful bean footage.

Q3. What superhero would you make your sidekick?

A3. Andrew WK.

Q4. What do you admire in a person?

A4. I’m a pretty big fan of someone with a sense of humor and people that don’t get offended easily. Basically I like people that are balanced. Let’s go to the bar and get weird, then wake up and get back to reality and actually do something.

Q5. Biggest Pet Peeve?

A5. Pregnant people smoking and drinking. And also babies smoking and drinking.

Q6. Favorite amusement park and ride?

A6. Jumping off a cliff over a waterfall into some jungle with a jug of rum and everyone is naked sounds about right.

Q7. Best vacation memory?

A7. All the summer vacations we took as kids with my parents. Always car problems and six people in a Bonneville and no money all they way from California to Virginia. It builds character.

Q8. Childhood ambition?

A8 I loved the mountains and everything that came with it growing up so I moved to Mammoth after high school to become a bona fide mountain man. It didn’t last long but I’m glad I tried.

Q9. Best compliment ever received?

A9. You look like Tom Cruise from Legend. Thank you.

Q10. What do you wish was invented?Indoor gardens for everybody.

A10. Growing your own corn would be pretty tasty.

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Name: Justin Ivey

Nickname: 206

Sign: Aries

Favorite

ice cream: Chocolate chip cookie dough

book: No Logo is a great book.

color: Dodger Blue
Q1. What animal is your spirit guide?

A1. I try and live my life like a Kodiak Bear.
Q2. If you had a parrot what would you teach it to say?

A2. I’m the captain, I’m going down with the ship.

Q3. What superhero would you make your sidekick?

A3. Larry David

Q4. What do you admire in a person?

A4. sense of sarcastic humor and the keen ability to pick ripe avocados.

Q5. Biggest Pet Peeve?

A5. People who jog wearing snuggies.

Q6. Favorite amusement park and ride?

A6. I really like Dollywood in Tennessee. They have a miner themed roller coaster that will knock your socks off.

Q7. Best vacation memory?

A7. Trips up the coast as a child makes my tummy fuzzy. Hearst Castle has a place in my heart.

Q8. Childhood ambition?

A8.Music, or Batman… or a combo of being Batman and putting out holiday records.

Q9. Best compliment ever received?

A9. “Your hair smells like skittles.” A leprechaun said that to me.

Q10. What do you wish was invented?

A10. Universal Healthcare.

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Name: Justin Roeland

Nickname: bug

Sign: Gemini

Favorite:

Ice Cream. Black Raspberry

Book. Various Kerouacs, Bukowski’s and Nabokov’s

Color. my pee after vitamins

Q1. What animal is your spirit guide?

A1. I get the strangest looks from goldfish, theres some ancient connection there

Q2. If you had a parrot what would you teach it to say?

A2. “I just gotta keep on keepin on”

Q3. What superhero would you make your sidekick?

A3. The dirt bike kid..as a grown man…on the same dirt bike.

Q4. What do you admire in a person?

A4. People who take pride in their work no matter what it might be, someone with a great wild laugh.

Q5. Biggest Pet Peeve?

A5. laziness, lack of respect for environment, nature, community.

Q6. Favorite amusement park and ride?

A6. tea cups at the carnival

Q7. Best vacation memory?

A7. many vomits, fishing trips with dad, going to bed hungry because we didn’t catch anything, KO punch to the raccoon sniffing our tent in the middle of the night.

Q8. Childhood ambition?

A8. musician, ranger, or professional fly fisherman

Q9. Best compliment ever received?

A9. nice throw

Q10. What do you wish was invented?

A10. see through wood