Moving On Music & Powerline Agency present… Robocobra Quartet + special guests
Improvisation and experimentation is at the core of Robocobra Quartet’s DNA, whether it be in the fluidity of their line-up (six musicians tagging in and out to make up the live touring quartet) or in their unique self-produced records which flirt with choral groups and string sections – almost intentionally at odds with their ostensible roots as a post-punk band.
These juxtapositions are just the beginning of the complex world of Robocobra Quartet – a band serious about their music but humorous in their approach, including members with no musical training alongside members with music conservatoire pedigree. The result is a collective of musicians inspired by Stravinsky and Black Flag in equal measures.
On stage, the band are protons and electrons circling drummer-vocalist Chris W Ryan; meticulous arrangements and on-the-spot improvisations hang on every word spoken, sung, and shouted by Ryan. These words and rhythms are what propel the music of Robocobra Quartet forward (or upside-down if the mood is right) and concoct a sound that is groove-driven but cerebral too.
After a busy summer of festivals, they return to their biggest headline show to date in their hometown of Belfast to celebrate the upcoming album Living Isn’t Easy, out June 17.
Come along for the party!
“Fugazi meets Mingus”
Drowned in Sound
“A cunning marriage of jazz, spoken word and punk”
“Free-floating musical explorers”
Hannah Peel, BBC Radio 3