photo credit: Rebecca Smeyne
Los Angeles sibling duo, The Bots (Mikaiah and Anaiah Lei), will release Pink Palms, their long-awaited debut full-length album, on October 14th via FADER Label. The album, recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Justin Warfield, with additional production by Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, brings together the veracity of garage punk while paying homage to the American Blues tradition. Pink Palms was mixed by Michael Patterson (Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G) and mastered by Emily Lazar (Haim, Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters).
“While a lot of different music we were listening to inspired this album, it was the time in the studio we spent together writing and creating that had the biggest impact on Pink Palms,” said Anaiah.
Zane Lowe premiered “All I Really Want,” the album’s first single, last week on his popular BBC Radio 1 show in the UK, proclaiming, “The Bots make brilliant, weird rock & roll music. And the future – a big part of it – belongs to them.” “All I Really Want” is available to stream beginning today HERE.
“The process of making this album was very different from anything we’ve ever done before when recording – mostly notably that it was the first time we worked with producers,” said the band’s Mikaiah Lei. “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.”
Earlier this year, The Bots performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, earning the band abundant praise from Rolling Stone (“Most Likely To Succeed”), Creative Loafing (“One of the best young bands at Coachella this year”), Buzzbands.LA (“Off to a perfect start”), and more. In addition to their debut Coachella appearance, the band also appeared at Bonnaroo, supported Dropkick Murphys on a run of US dates, and toured Europe. They’ll spend the rest of the year touring the world and will appear at Outside Lands in San Francisco and Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. See below for a complete list of upcoming U.S. dates.
Los Angeles brothers and band-mates, Mikaiah Lei (Lead Vocal, Guitar, Bass) and Anaiah Lei (Drums & Percussions, Backing Vocal), recorded their first album together when they were just 15 and 12, respectively. They self-released their first three albums and completed two Vans Warped Tours, two AFROPUNK Fests, countless European festivals, and support tours with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blur, Damon Albarn’s Africa Express, Refused, and Bad Brains, among others. Fall 2013 saw their debut release with FADER Label, the four-song EP Sincerely Sorry. New York Times Magazine predicts, “They are on the cusp of stardom.”
THE BOTS – PINK PALMS
4) All I Really Want
5) Wet Blanket
6) All Of Them (Wide Awake)
8) Bad Friends
11) Side Effects
North America Tour Dates
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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