Written by Maria Arroyo
Pennsylvania rising rock band, Crobot, has teamed up with some incredible people to bring their new Rat Child EP to life. This quartet is led by vocalist Brandon Yeagley, along with guitarist and vocalist Chris Bishop, and drummer Dan Ryan. Crobot has been joined by Anthrax’s Frank Bello, Steel Panther’s Stix Zadina, and Light The Torch’s Howard Jones.
The opening track, “Mountain,” (featuring Frank Bello) immediately hits us with their high energy and powerful vocal performance to match. They are just as articulate as they are fun, and they do a great job passing the spotlight between everyone to really highlight everyone’s incredible talent.
“We’ve always talked about writing with Frankie because we have a lot of the same influences and that definitely shines through in ‘Mountain,'” Yeagley shares. “Frankie has always lent us his ear and has been a big supporter of ours – it was a treat to work with him on something.”
Catch their music video for “Mountain” below.
Their next track, “Kiss It Goodbye,” (featuring Howard Jones) is even more intense than the last and is still just the beginning of the incredible skills they have up their sleeves. The range in their vocals is well executed and conveyed with so much conviction and ease, it’s mind-blowing.
“Howard was introduced to us through mutual friends,” Yeagley adds. “When we heard he would be interested in writing with us, we were beyond excited. We had such great chemistry with him and wrote ‘Kiss It Goodbye.’ We thought it was a shoo-in for being a track on ‘Motherbrain’ but for whatever reason, it didn’t make the cut. It seemed like such a travesty to let such a great song sit on the shelf. So, we’re pumped to let the world hear it!”
The track, “Everyone Dies,” is hands down my favorite track off the EP and it screams Queen vibes one hundred percent! It’s just as moving and just as incredible as the other tracks, but somehow, a thousand times better! This track was co-written by Steel Panther’s Stix Zadina, who performs piano, drums, and bass on the track.
“One of the last tours we did was supporting Steel Panther and we hit it off with all of the guys,” Yeagley says. “Stix even got tattooed by Bishop! We kept in touch and he sent us a bunch of ideas he had for songs. Through a couple of Zoom sessions, we were able to work everything out and that’s how we wrote ‘Everyone Dies.’”
Bottom line: this is an incredible fucking song, and no one can tell me otherwise!
The final track, “Rat Child,” is a great banger for the closer of the EP. Again, they bring back that high-intensity energy, infectious riffs, and killer vocals, and even then, they continue to up the ante and give their all one last time!
I’m so unbelievably impressed, and already cannot wait for them to keep writing and releasing music. This was an incredible treat, and I hope you guys enjoy it just as much as I did! Check out other incredible artists under the Mascot Label Group!
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