New Noise Magazine is pleased to be bringing forth the exclusive track premiere of “Clone Baby” by Fellow Robot. The heart warming story behind the song gives way for the chilling cover art to make perfect sense. The short, two minute lyrically focused track has a hook driven verse with a syncopated strum from the guitars and bass. “Clone Baby” fits into the theme of the band’s upcoming record, The Robots Guide To Music Volume 1, out on June 29th. Take a listen below!
“‘Clone Baby’ was written while my wife was pregnant with our second child Desmond. Our first son, Orion looks very much like me, so I didn’t want no clone baby. I brought the structure of the song to a session with Luis and Jon and said ‘Jon, if you can write the lyrics for the bridge, you can sing them on the track.’ A couple hours later ‘Clone Baby’ was written and recorded with Jon, Luis and I knocking out the lyrics and instruments. Mike later put some epic guitar on the track that was very Pixies-ish with his staple Jaguar.” – Anthony Pedroza of Fellow Robot
Fellow Robot is a Southern California based indie group, and the brainchild of singer/songwriter Anthony Pedroza. The band, which is very much a collaboration between Anthony, Luis Renteria and friends, is set to release their debut album, The Robots Guide To Music Volume 1 on June 29th. The first part of a three-part concept album series, Volume 1 foresees a future where artificial intelligence has reached a pinnacle and robots begin to document and chronicle humans and the music they make. The Robots Guide To Music Vol. 1 is a clever mix of Alt-Rock, Folk, and Americana, featuring intimately political tracks like album opener “Tools of War,” and anthemic manifestos like the rousing, “I’m With You.” The Robots Guide To Music is packed with hefty ambition, blue-collar emotion, and limitless scope, none of which Fellow Robot shy away from.
Though the concept behind the album was largely a product of Anthony’s musings on artificial intelligence and his interests in Science Fiction, the songs featured on The Robot’s Guide to Music Volumes 1-3 were a collaborative effort through and through. From 2012 through 2015 Pedroza performed with his band Mr. Moonshine in the Long Beach Music scene, where he would later meet drummer and future main collaborator, Luis Renteria, from concurrent Long Beach band, Fathers & Suns.
“[The Robots Guide To Music] was a really fun and amazing body of music to record,” says drummer and main collaborator Luis, who also performs as “Ringo” in Beatles tribute band Britain’s Finest. “We worked with some of Long Beach’s best musicians and it was always a treat to be in studio, have a drink or two, and share stories. The recording part was a breeze—when you have musicians that know what they’re doing, all you really gotta do is set up a mic, and let them go at it. We actually recorded 30+ songs (the rest for Volumes 2 and 3), so there was a lot of time in studio.”