Crobot will release its fifth full-length studio album “Feel This” on June 3, 2022, via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group. Pre-orders are live here, and watch the video for the first single, “Better Times,” below.
“No need to search any further, #Beardos! Better times are here to stay!” frontman Brandon Yeagley said. “You know we wouldn’t have it any other way. Buckle up and strap it down because Crobot is comin’ back to town. And with smiles on our faces, we’ve got all the right grooves that hit in all the right places. So, grab your junk–food that is–and tune into this special sneak preview of the studio, kids! See you out there this Spring for some ass shakin, ear smackin’ thangs! Ca-caaaaawwwww!”
“Feel This” follows 2019’s “Motherbrain,” which has totaled 30 million cumulative streams. Twenty-one million of those streams were for the single “Low Life,” a top 10 single at Active Rock radio with a 29-week run on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.
“This is the record we’ve been wanting to do ever since we started,” Yeagley said. “We’ve always thought of ourselves as a live act. When Jay Ruston described his process of recording, we were beyond excited about getting in and getting our hands dirty. It involved performing live as a unit and finishing all instruments on a song before moving on to the next. We recorded 16 songs in 21 days, which is a feat in itself.”
“Feel This” is a tale of perseverance. “Through constant struggles, we learn more what it’s like to be human. Our shortcomings and strengths alike make us a unique species,” Yeagley said. “‘Feel This’ very well may point to our biggest strength of all, our ability to feel emotion (for better or worse).”
Human nature is threaded throughout the album, from volatile relationships (“Dizzy”) to imperfections and learning from mistakes on “Holy Ghost.” Its warbling harmony wraps around the wah-drenched guitar straight out of Seattle; Yeagley’s grunge-y wail rings out on the hook “I am not the holy ghost. I won’t ever save your soul.” There’s “believing in something so much” on “Set You Free,” which spirals towards a seismic crescendo and emotionally charged guitar lead from Chris Bishop.
Around the psyche-digging lyrics, they are never far away from thunderous rock ‘n’ roll. “Electrified” kickstarts the album as a rip-roaring livewire anthem. “It’s your classic rock ‘n’ roll tune about Frankenstein boots and being invincible!” Yeagley said.
There’s an epic anti-hero tale on “Without Wings,” and then there’s “Dance with the Dead.” Forgetting your troubles over an irresistible groove, the song struts with high-register harmonies and the infectious chant of “Let’s go dance with the dead. They know how to kill it!”
The song “Golden” is a soaring homage to a god-gone-too soon. “When it came to the lyrics, we collectively wanted it to be a tribute to Chris Cornell,” Yeagley said. “We’re so influenced by everything he and Soundgarden have done. We ran with the song honoring his legacy.”
Crobot made waves with “Legend of the Spaceborne Killer” (2012), “Something Supernatural” (2014), and “Welcome to Fat City” (2016). However, “Motherbrain” represented a high watermark. The band has crisscrossed the U.S., and the World, in road-warrior style, playing with the likes of Anthrax, Black Label Society, Chevelle, Clutch, Volbeat, Halestorm and more. Crobot has lit up festival bills and the annual Shiprocked! Cruise, Rocklahoma, Aftershock and the Jericho Cruise alongside others.
“We tour the pockets off of our pants and sleep in our van for half of the year. To some, that may seem like misery, but to us it’s heaven baby!” Yeagley said.
In 2020, when COVID-19 punched the wold in the face, Bishop and drummer Dan Ryan hunkered down in Austin, Texas, to jam and cut demos, sending ideas to Yeagley back in Pennsylvania. 2021 saw the boys enter Orb Studios in Austin with producer Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax, Avatar).
Since the world has begun to open up, the band has not stood still. The “Rat Child” EP was released last summer and featured a mighty cast of Frank Bello (Anthrax(, Howard Jones (Light the Torch/ex-Killswitch Engage) and Stix Zadinia (Steel Panther).
You’ll feel rock ‘n’ roll comes to life in Crobot’s hands. “We never want to make the same album twice,” Yeagley said. “There is something for every Crobot fan out there as well as newcomers. At the same time, we’re having fun. We want to be taken seriously, but not too seriously—because this is monkey hour after all.”
“That’s the fucking line right there,” Bishop agreed. “We want you to walk away smiling. If I can make you smile, I’ve done my job.”
Crobot will support Danzig in May just prior to appearing at multiple festivals. Confirmed performances include:
5/05 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort
5/07 Ontario, CA Toyota Arena
5/08 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheatre
5/10 Denver, CO The Mission Ballroom
5/11 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
5/14 Cincinnati, OH Andrew J Brady Icon Music Center
5/15 Atlanta, GA The Eastern
5/17 New Orleans, LA The Fillmore at Harrah’s
5/18 Houston, TX 713 Music Hall
5/19 Austin, TX Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Spring Festival Appearances:
5/20 Virginia Beach, VA Lunatic Luau
5/21 Philadelphia, PA WMMRBQ