Sunday, September 21st, 2008
CONTEST – Fembots @ The Music Gallery – September 26, 2008
Photo via Killbeat
I’ve been in enough “what are we called?” band meetings that I generally believe that as long as a moniker is memorable and not taken then it’s fair game. But when your mention brings to mind Elizabeth Hurley with machine guns poking out of her bra and not your music, then maybe it’s time for a rethink.
Or maybe you can take it as a challenge. Toronto’s FemBots have certainly been working hard enough to make the name theirs and theirs alone, having just released their fourth album of clattery junk-rock in Calling Out. And it’s not called junk-rock in regards to the quality of the music, but in its creation. The FemBots aesthetic is built largely on the use of found instruments and devices never intended to have a musical function – power tools, toys, what have you – but it’s never the focus. Regardless of how they’re built, their songs stand up as gritty and soulful ruminations on urban life. As much organic as mechanical, FemBots make roots music if said roots were nourished with used motor oil.
Chart has a brief interview with the band about the tools of their trade, and Hero Hill has a more expansive review and exclusive, non-album MP3 for grabs. The band are hitting the road and have a number of local shows on the slate, starting with an in-store at Soundscapes this Thursday, September 25, at 6PM, followed by a proper gig at the Music Gallery on Friday, September 26, and when they return from a cross-Canada tour another show at the Dakota Tavern on November 7.
And courtesy of Killbeat Music, I’ve got three prize packs to give away consisting of a pair of passes to the Music Gallery show this Friday night and a copy of Calling Out on CD. To throw your hat in the ring, email me at contests AT chromewaves.net with “I want the FemBots” in the subject line and your full name and mailing address in the body. Contest closes in a couple days – say midnight, September 23.