Interview: Crobot Discusses Soundgarden Comparisons; New Album

Crobot is a modern rock group consisting of vocalist Brandon Yeagley, guitarist Bishop, bassist Jake Figueroa, and drummer Paul Figueroa. They have been gaining attention through the recent release of their album, Something Supernatural, which was released in September via Wind-up Records. We were able to speak to the band’s singer about their influences, upcoming tours, and the recently released LP. Check out Alternative Nation’s interview with Crobot’s vocalist Brandon Yeagley below.

You have some tour dates lined up next year with some amazing bands. Can you discuss what fans can expect and the artists you’re opening up for?

Brandon Yeagley (vocalist): In February, we’re going to start Shiprocked [rock/metal cruise featuring: Limp Bizkit, Chevelle, Black Label Society, Buckcherry, P.O.D., Sevendust, Tremonti, Andrew WK, Living Colour, Filter, Lacuna Coil, Nonpoint, Otherwise, Shinedown, Thousand Foot Krutch, Islander, and more] while we head to the Bahamas. We’re certainly excited to see the cold weather in the sunny paradise along with the other awesome bands. After we come back from the Shiprocked cruise, we’re heading out with Black Label Society for a European tour. And then there’s the tour coming up with Anthrax as well.

What would your dream tour consist of?

Brandon: We’ve been pretty fortunate to tour with some really awesome bands such as Clutch and The Sword, which was pretty much our dream tour come true. If we could do that tour every year, that would be ok with us.

10646826_816798815006949_5058962424357451606_n Cover artwork for debut album ‘Something Supernatural’

You released your debut album, Something Supernatural, earlier this year. Can you discuss the writing process?

Brandon: We just get in a room and jam. I think we entered the recording process with about 50 songs.  So we definitely weren’t short of songs or riffs. We’re just constantly writing and our songs usually just come up spontaneously.

Was there a specific lyrical message or theme you were hoping to convey?

Brandon: I always grew up watching horror movies and sci-fi. I’m definitely a nerd in that aspect. And I think that really shows in the lyrics. I’ve always been a fan of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin because they had such mystic qualities to their lyrics. Dio is also a big influence on me lyrically.

I’ve heard comparisons from Wolfmother to Soundgarden to Rage Against the Machine regarding your songs. Was it a conscious effort to possess theses qualities?

Brandon: We really don’t have conversations that push a song to have certain qualities or delve into a certain influence. We’re rather products of those influences that you listed like Wolfmother, Soundgarden, and Rage Against the Machine. All of those bands revolve around big riffs, dirtiness, fuzzed out guitar, and in-your-face high energy. We’re just suckers for that sound.

Official music video for “Nowhere to Hide” off ‘Something Supernatural’

What bands are you currently listening to?

Brandon: I always go back to the band, Graveyard. I’ve been listening to their catalog lately. But we collect a mound of CDs from all of the bands we’ve been touring with. I’ve been going through that pile lately and have found some really cool bands. We always go back to Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Clutch though.

2014 is almost over. Personally, what are some memorable album releases that came out this year?

Brandon: Mastodon’s Once More ‘Round the Sun was amazing. I’m a big Mastodon fan and that release summed everything about them in one record. It’s really easy to digest. I actually think it’s their best album. Their older stuff is really good, but the new stuff is hooky and heavy.

Does Crobot plan on experimenting with other musical styles or genres in the future?

Brandon: We leave the spectrum pretty wide open. We’re capable of being rocky and sludgy all at the same time. We just go in a room and jam something out and sometimes what comes out is a bit different than our normal material. We’re willing to leave any boundaries behind for our music.

What do you see for the far future of the band?

Brandon: We want to be the first band to play on the moon. That’s really a goal and aspiration of ours to venture out and play a gig in the final frontier. But, I’m positive there’s more albums to come for the future of Crobot.