Introduce us to your band!
Hi WaveByte, we’re Shout At The Robots. Nice to meet you. That’s Julian (also your narrator) on vocals/guitar, Matt on guitar/vocals, Jon on bass and Ross on drums.
How did you guys start out?
We started out small. Literally. We’ve all been friends for most of our lives and figured out how to make music together in fits and starts. It’s still really all fits and starts, actually, that’s pretty much our musical M.O
Describe your band’s sound
See above. We’re sometimes a heavy post-punk band and sometimes not. Our sound is indebted to a little bit of everything under the big “rock” umbrella but we also take influence from hip-hop and surf and jazz and all kinds of things. Not even the first album is comprehensive of what we sound like. Wait for, like, album number three.
What influences your craft?
Our own instability. Other peoples art (music, movies, physical artwork etc). The day to day nightmare that is living in modern America. All kinds of wonderful things that I could ramble on about for far too long.
What makes your band different? Why should people listen to you?
We bring a particular blend of wide ranging influences and experiences (or lack thereof) that comes together to make something that people have a hard time putting their finger on. As in when asked people often don’t know exactly how to pin down our music. We’re not reinventing the wheel. We’re not even cool or relevant being that we’re a guitar based band of four schlubby white men from upstate New York. But damn it if we’re not honest. And I think people respond to our honesty.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
Probably something we have yet to write/record. The first track on the record was sequenced as such because it was written to be a kind of firecracker to start things off but it also showcases our energy quite well. It’s also lyrically pretty succinct in showcasing the kind of hope-punk vibe we hope to give off.
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
Getting said career off the ground. We all dabble in self-sabotage and lack of confidence sometimes, especially me being the mouthpiece of the band. I am my own unreliable narrator so having an illogical person at the front of all the logical decisions doesn’t always help. Also we’ve just had some circumstantial setbacks and really don’t know what we’re doing. Does that all count as one struggle?
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
Having any kind of career at all! We absolutely tremendously love making music and trying to make some kind of art that can communicate something bigger to the world, even if it’s just “forget about the rest of the world for one night and rock out a little” but usually we strive for a little bigger.
How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
Hopefully it’s like when you’re driving in the general direction of the sun and you sort of have to constantly squint all the time. We don’t to have a blinding future because that’s a bit too much pressure to be honest but we’d love to just tour in larger and larger circles and put out more and more music until we drop, possibly dead, from exhaustion.
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
As band that tried.