Local Wire

Captured! By Robots

Every disgruntled, erstwhile band member (except food chain bottom-feeders, drummers) has probably thought, "Fuckin' A. I could build something that plays better than these fools." So it was that in his hubris, Jason Vance forged the instruments of his own doom -- literally. A member of Chicago ska-punkers Blue Meanies in the mid-'90s, Vance decided, "To hell with other musicians" and built an entirely robotic band (as opposed to recruiting one like Lou Perlman). What he didn't plan on was GTRBOT666 (playing a modified Flying V that enables it to fulfill bass and rhythm guitar duties) and DRMBOT0110 (on the kit) -- in a now-familiar story -- overwhelming their creator, inserting a chip into his head and forcing him to tour with them as their minion. While the robots are musicians of estimable precision (and a rather bad attitude), Vance, redubbed JBOT, is the show's focal point as evil scientist/captor/lead man of this comedic punk-metal band. If this is successful, it might prove the death knell of local bars that cater to the already perennially work-challenged musician. But as long as we have Will Smith, I feel pretty good about the safety of our world.
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Chris Parker
Contact: Chris Parker