You really, really need to hear The Bots’ new single, “All I Really Want.”


The Bots’ “Pink Palms” due Oct. 14

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 are brothers Mikaiah and Anaiah Lei (Credit: Rebecca Smeyne)

The Bots are brothers Mikaiah and Anaiah Lei
(Credit: Rebecca Smeyne)

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


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