RABBIT IN FELLOW ROBOTS HEADLIGHTS
FOLLOWING the release of their acclaimed new album ‘Misanthropioid,’ Fellow Robot have released a superbly dark and striking animated video for the album’s opening track – and ‘Rabbit’ sets an ominous tone to the album, with its video counterpart a perfect pairing.
Fellow Robot named their new album ‘Misanthropioid,’ due to its brutally honest lyrics and melancholy feelings surrounding what it is to be a human.
“It’s our soundtrack to the last few years” says singer Anthony Pedroza, “a diverse take on the perception of emotion, especially regarding how we feel about our fellow humans’.”
The band does well in reflecting their disappointment of humanity, especially in the opening track ‘Rabbit’ which is a clear reflection of the BLM movement in the US. However dark ‘Misanthropioid’ is, it’s ultimately hopeful within its vulnerable and carefully stitched arrangements.
The album at times is theatrical and dramatic, each song seemingly being sung by different characters in a stage production, especially in songs like, ‘I’m Going to Hell’ and, ‘The People Next Door.’
“Society has many voices, and the space in between the harshest opinions are the most truthful,” says drummer, engineer, and cofounder, Luis Renteria.
Pulling from two previous animated collaborations, the Prebich sisters and Fellow Robot continue their social commentary with a voyeuristic, occasionally red pilled rabbit. We follow the rabbit down a series of disturbing paths, observing drip feed propaganda streams from the outside of your work, and living room windows, before the rabbit has enough and leaves earth.
For ‘Misanthropioid,’ Fellow Robot teamed up with Andrew Scheps (Green Day, RHCP, Adele, Metallica, Hozier, Johnny Cash) who helped co-produce and mix the album from his home studio ‘Punkerpad’ in Titton, UK.
Scheps joined the team during the peak of the pandemic in 2020 and over the course of two years helped the band complete the album remotely. Fellow Robot’s latest album will be released through Scheps’ own ToneQuake Records.
Fellow Robot originally started out as a concept piece in 2016, pulling lyrics from the sci-fi novel ‘The Robot’s Guide to Music,’ written by Pedroza. While deeply rooted to its origins, ‘Misanthropioid’ is an album that lives closer to reality than science fiction, however blurred those lines are these days.
The origins of Fellow Robot are not abandoned as lead singer Pedroza’s novel has been adapted to a graphic novel, it’s first chapter being released this March through Seattle’s, ‘Donut Sound Record Co.’