I love Crobot. There, I’ve said it. Right from the time they sent me their debut album to review with a very polite note, to right now, has been quite a journey. Amongst other things, it has included some fabulous music and me falling on the band in Birmingham (don’t ask!).

Anyway, I am going to see them again on Thursday – and I’ll try not to fall on them this time – and with live shows incoming, and a new album out next month, it seemed a perfect time to ask singer/force of nature, Brandon Yeagley, what his five fave albums were. So I did.

  1. Mothership Connection – Parliament

There is no better way to start any day than some funk in your cup!  George Clinton is at his finest in Parliament’s “Mothership Connection.”  Between creating his own language and mythology surrounding the band, you can’t help but to smile ear to ear and get a second-hand buzz from the drugs that must’ve went into making this one!

  1. Bat Out of Hell – Meatloaf

In this world, there are two kinds of people.  People who absolutely LOVE Meatloaf’s “Bat Out of Hell” and those who despise it.  And if you don’t get it, then you’ll never get me, man!

  1. Apostrophe – Frank Zappa

This is another album to “test” someone’s taste in music and see whether or not it’s on par with mine.  I definitely get a lot of looks blasting and reciting “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow” word for word.  Frank Zappa still continues to be an inspiration, not only musically, but intellectually as well.  Do yourself a favor and watch any Frank Zappa interview..

  1. Blast Tyrant – Clutch

No favorites list of Crobot’s would ever be complete without including our favorite band of all time, Clutch. We’ve had the pleasure of touring with these guys whom we consider our idols and “Blast Tyrant” doesn’t include an ounce of disappointment. This record is the very reason we sought out to work with producer Machine. And, as fate would have it, we haphazardly met at a show in Austin, Texas and the rest is history!

  1. The End of Heartache – Killswitch Engage

Although we can never agree on Megadeth vs Metallica, there is one thing we all agree…we cannot get enough of “The End of Heartache” by Killswitch Engage.  Ya know what?  We are suckers for melodic metal and the lads had that in spades on this one.  Definitely takes us back to our upbringings and where the foundations were built in the Crobot sound.

See them live:

23 July – Manchester, Rebellion
24 July – Blackpool, Waterloo Bar
25 July – Birmingham, Institute 2
26 July – London, Underworld
27 July – Ebbw Vale, Steelhouse Festival*
28 July – Milton Keynes. Craufurd Arms

Motherbrain is out via Mascot on 23rd August. Pre order here: http://smarturl.it/Crobot-Band