The Bots, ‘Pink Palms’ – Album Review
Los Angeles, Calif.-based garage rockers the Bots' debut album, 'Pink Palms,' is packed full of catchy grunge rock, '70s sonic punk riffs and more blues ballads than you could ever hope for. It's the perfect introduction of these young stars to the world.
The 17- and 21-year-old brothers and bandmates, Mikaiah and Anaiah Lei, grabbed listeners' attention right out of the gate with their first EP, 'Sincerly Sorry,' last year, landing them in the Coachella 2014 lineup and gaining them national attention. Now, with 'Pink Palms,' the band stakes their claim firmly in the garage punk scene.
The album kicks off strong with their lead track, 'Ubiquitous,' filled with seductive riffs and that '70s sonic punk sound that is indicative of Black Flag and the Hermosa beach punk scene. You'll also hear a lot of Black Sabbath-esque muffled guitar throughout the album, again, showing their appreciation of early rock techniques.
The second song, 'Blinded,' could very well serve as a single; it's catchy, upbeat and has a structure similar to that of the Arctic Monkeys or Cage the Elephant. In fact, the album as a whole seems to be as well-rounded from front to back as the Arctic Monkey's recent LP, 'AM,' which we hold in high regard.
'All I Really Want' takes a very avant-garde turn, with some talking verses, off-key vocals, and experimental riffs. 'Wet Blanket,' the trancey fifth song on the album, will get you dancing in your seat.
The middle of the album mellows out a bit with 'All of Them (Wide Awake)' and 'Alanna,' both great in their simplicity. 'Bad Friends' is also another mellow one, with a very different, lighter vibe when compared to the rest of the album. It really proves the band's ability to incorporate many different genres throughout while maintaining a cohesive sound.
The album picks back up again with 'Ethiopia' and 'Silhouettes' before fading out with the final, summery track, 'Side Effects.'
All in all, the Bots show an immense musical diversity throughout 'Pink Palms.' They prove that new music can still be fun, exciting and unexpected. If they were trying to make a statement with this album, it was heard by us.