The Bots this week released the single “All I Really Want,” for their upcoming full-length album “Pink Palms,” due Oct. 14 on the FADER label.
The song is a mix of Arctic Monkeys and a bit of Franz Ferdinand, with a dash of Skaters, set to a youthful punk beat. Spoken word tangles with tight harmonies on the song but still maintains a proper clash of explosive guitar and disciplined drumming.
The Bots, LA brothers Mikaiah and Anaiah Lei, have caused a permanent stir around garage-punk circles. Mikaiah handles lead vocals, guitar and bass, while Anaiah conquers percussion and backing vocals. “Pink Palms” was helped along in production by Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs — which also could hint at the album’s sound.
Mikaiah Lei offers some insight: “Thematically, there’s the recurring subject matter of sadness, loneliness, and regret but underneath it all there’s an element of happiness and an overall melancholy vibe to these songs,” he says in a press release.
At first listen, “All I Really Want” sounds more polished than the rough-and-tumble DIY-ness of their earlier work.”Pink Palms” could be a slight detour from their bass-heavy/electric-powerhouse signature sound.
Whatever it sounds like, The Bots is unabashedly talented and “Pink Palms” may be something to admire come fall.
Listen to “All I Really Want” on Soundcloud.
The Bots also have a smattering of U.S. tour dates lined up through the fall:
8/6 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
8/10 – Outside Lands – San Francisco, CA
9/6 – Chill on the Hill – Detroit, MI
9/7 – Riotfest – Toronto, Canada
9/13 – Riotfest – Chicago, IL
9/20 – Riotfest – Denver, CO
9/27 – The Shindig Festival – Baltimore, MD
11/9 – Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX