Bands We Like: Brooklyn's Finest Country/Noise Band El Diablo Robotico
In the mind of a robot, New York can be as lonely and desolate as the wild west.
El Diablo Robotico sing songs in a style leaning toward the country side of things even though the confines of Brooklyn are at least a few hours away from the country. While their sound is traditional at first listen, the lyrics take on the plight of city folk and not so much the rough and tumble circumstances of rural life. Frontman Ajay Singh Chaudhary says, “We tend to follow the pattern of country song writing that pairs really painful lyrical themes with music that’s sometimes upbeat, sometimes more nostalgic and melancholy.”
Forrest Paquin’s fiddle and southern belle singing voice adds yet another country element to the twangy, stirring melodies. But without notice, Robotico’s sound can descend into abstraction. Their affinity for noise and post rock sounds may clash with their overall country sound, but it all makes sense in the context of their oppidan tales of navigating life and geography in New York city.
El Diablo Robotico’s self titled release has been out for some time, and the band has been adding to a roster of live performances that revive the style and class associated with the best eras of country music, manifested directly in Ajay’s fine leather cowboy boots. There’s word echoing through the hills of a monthly residency in the new year. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.
Check out El Diablo Robotico’s “Three Days”