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Interview:
Crobot is growing its "cult" following
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Brandon Yeagley says he and his bandmates in Crobot "always looked at ourselves as a cult type of band." But circumstances are working to change that.

Propelled by the single "Nowhere To Hide," the eastern Pennsylvania hard rock group's second album, "Something Supernatural," is putting the quartet on the map in a bigger way than Yeagley and company expected. And that's been assisted by constant roadwork, including Crobot's current tour supporting Chevelle.

"Out on the road, that's really our bread and butter," says Yeagley. "We're just trying to hook up with good bands and play as much live as we can with as many good bands as we can.

"We aspire to be like the band Clutch. We're huge Clutch fans, and their fans are just the best fans, to us. We really want to put our best foot forward in that sense of building a solid fan base and really going to the people that we think would really like our stuff. So we really try to put it out there and use social media, too, and really try to get our niche market, if you will."

Crobot plans to do that with more than music, too. The group has already partnered with Double Barley Brewery in North Carolina on Crobot SupernaturAle, whose label was designed by guitarist Chris Bishop. Yeagley and Bishop, meanwhile, hope to turn their science fiction and mythology-inspired songs into other media -- including films and a graphic novel the duo are already working on.

"I'm pretty much writing every day, and we're hashing it out right now," says Yeagley. "It's ever-changing. The more I write, the more I hash it out, the more the characters become different and things change. Basically the main premise is our first contact with aliens. I'm not really sure as to what the end result is going to be, but it's very much like a hero's tale and man's fight and struggle to better himself and to realize exactly what humanity is in the grand scheme of things -- and existence as a whole.

"I've always been a fan of film and TV and sci-fi in particular. That's definitely a huge part of my upbringing, and I would definitely be more than happy to delve into those aspects of the art if the opportunity presents itself. We may be making a first step in that direction, but the music is still the main thing right now."

Crobot with Chevelle, Raw Fabrics and Lesser Key

Thursday, Dec. 18. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

Tickets are $20-$45.

Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.


Web Site: www.livenation.com

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