Ima Robot – Public Access EP

Ima Robot
Public Access EP

This is one of the newer signings to the big-time record labels (Virgin), and though I can’t say the music is predictable, the quality of it sure is. This five-piece band is made up of some session hands, one of which is drummer Joey Waronker who played with the likes of REM, Beck, and so many more. The band has a sound that is clearly intended for the masses and ready to be pushed into the mainstream at the drop of a hat. They stick to their robotic schtick full tilt, using a lot of programming and hiccupped vocals in their assault.
This EP is extremely strange, and I try as hard as I can to find the good in all that comes my way, but sometimes, like this one, it’s extremely hard. I’m sorry, but stuff like this makes me fear for the future of music and hope to high heavens that this is not a new trend to come. But seeing as the way modern radio has been for a long time, now someone will pick up on this stuff and push it down the public’s throat. Ok, I’ll admit a song like “Black Jettas” is actually kind of interesting, with its fun keyboards and really neat programming. I can see what some people could see in such a thing, but believe me, it’s fleeting. The vocals are really annoying as they try to be funny and fail miserably. It’s a weird mixture of punk attitude and what sounds like male runway models combining to create some freakish unthinkable hybrid.
The other three songs here unfortunately don’t even have the slightest thing going for them, each stocked with hyper energy that really goes nowhere. The vocals are way too grating for my liking. The guitars go nuts in “Sex Symbol,” which creates some interesting melodies but not enough to redeem the juvenile antics. Here’s another band that is bound to hit it big if given a big enough push, as the songs are relatively catchy and actually somewhat unique in today’s modern rock scene. The band actually seems to have some musical chops, but that’s about it. Occasionally they can kick out a rather fun groove, but it is usually ruined by their vocal antics and just plain embarrassing gimmick and songwriting.
I’m sure there will be an audience for this kind of stuff and I predict soon this band will have its buzz. My question to those involved or interested is: Why? I really gave it my all to listen to this thing with ears and mind open, searching for even the slightest enjoyment in such a recording, as is my policy. The closest thing to enjoyment I found was the musical backing to “Black Jettas” and occasional snippets of sounds from the rest of these tunes. Here’s another project that seems to be tongue-in-cheek and show a humorous side, but it falls flat in practically everything. My advice is stay away from this at all costs; you will be a better person for doing so.