credit: Colin Armstrong
"A signature sound of jazz-motivated, punk-informed spoken word"
- Loud & Quiet
Experimentation is at the core of Robocobra Quartet, whether it be their fluid line-up (six musicians tagging in & out to make up the live quartet) or their unique self-produced records made in their hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
On stage, the band are electrons circling drummer-vocalist Chris W Ryan; meticulous arrangements and improvisations hang on every word spoken and sung by Ryan. These words & rhythms are what propel the music of Robocobra Quartet forward and concoct a sound that is groove-driven but cerebral too, invoking contemporaries such as Black Midi, Squid and BadBadNotGood.
The free nature of the band's live shows led to them being embraced early on by jazz fanatics just as much as rock fans - once finding themselves in Europe touring a jazz club one night, a house show the next and a pop festival the night after that. These unmatched live performances often channel-hop from moments of joy and playfulness to periods of intense fury, earning the band invitations to Montreux Jazz Festival and Glastonbury Festival whilst receiving acclaim from Thee Quietus, BBC 6Music and KEXP.
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