Robbers On Parole Discuss the Music They Create

Mixing things up is precisely how ROBBERS ON PAROLE had wanted to take the kind of music, that they wanted to create.... Hence forth, releasing two single's with video's accompanying them of course, with well more than enough more material for a full-length album but putting that as a different approach for now.... The band would go on to discuss further more about the music style that have picked upon and what the future has planned for them.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

A couple of us, the guitarist/keyboardist – Steve, and the bass player – Ivo, are long-time friends and have been in and out of different bands together for twelve years now, so that was a given whenever we decided to start this new thing that is now Robbers on Parole. Then we met our lovely vocalist Monica incidentally, through a mutual friend and she just blew us away with her voice so we immediately asked her to join the band. We also needed a drummer that can play whatever style we throw at him, from wild punk gallops to slow, pulsating trap beats and anything in the middle. We looked for some time for him, then we found Chris and he can do exactly that and much more. It was a while until we understood what each one of us wanted from the music, there was a bit of trial and error, until everybody found their footing with the others. And then one day we just got it, no big deal, it kind of clicked and we had a song that we had made together. And that became our first single 2 Far Gone.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Picking the name was a long and difficult process, for sure. We knew we wanted something that would speak to our dualistic nature – the romantic side that defines the mood of the music & the gritty side that always creeps in and kind of fills in the blanks with a sense of unease. So that’s why we picked something that invoked in us a sort of Bonnie & Clyde, True Romance vibe – both dreamy and dangerous.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We’re currently based in Sofia, Bulgaria, where we have a small but strong alternative/modern rock scene, full of bands and artists that like to experiment, just like us. For a newcomer to our scene, we’d always recommend Jeremy?, which is one of the best bands we have here, Innerglow, who are fresh and also like to meld pop-rock with electronica, just like us, and Hayes & Y, who are currently living in Manchester and are becoming more and more known abroad which is great – we’re always thrilled to see music from our part of the world being appreciated by a wider audience.

4. How would you describe your style?

Oh, that’s a tough one… If we have to be very specific, we’d say alternative electronic dark pop-rock and that’s quite a mouthful, for sure. For a more simple approach, let’s just call it electronic rock. Our influences are all over the place, really, ranging from grunge and alt-rock artists from the 90's like Pearl Jam and Garbage, to our all-time fave electronic band which is, of course, the Prodigy, to modern pop like, for example, The Weekend. There’s also a bit of new wave, gothic rock, drum n’ bass and punk rock thrown in the mix and even some modern metal influences that are always kind of slipping through. We like it diverse.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

To date we’ve released two singles with accompanying videos to them – 2 Far Gone and Feel Complete – and we have enough material for a full album, but we chose a different approach, at least for the moment. We’d like to think that what we do can be summed up as "dance music for loners" so that’s what you can expect from us in the near future – beats that make you want to move, but paired introspective lyrics & lots and lots of ambiance. We very much like the contradiction of something like that so we usually go for it full force.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Our next single is due sometime in February, with two more to follow soon after. We’re hoping to get an EP out sometime in the near future with all of our released songs so far, remixed and combined to tell one story. But besides that, there’s a lot more songs written and just waiting to be recorded and released. One in particular will be an almost entirely electronic track, sort of like a rave club thing, that you could go crazy to after 02:00 in the morning in some grungy neon bar and we’re particularly excited about that one.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

For the moment, we play the venues in our hometown and visit different cities in our country. We’re always looking around for an opportunity to play abroad and in 2020 that might actually happen. We’re very keen on visiting Greece, we’ve heard and seen great things from its audience, also Germany and in particular – Berlin, and, of course – London and the UK in general, since a great deal of our influences and favorite bands hail from there.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

We plan to make it big, haha. Doesn’t every new hopeful band plan to do exactly that? We want to create and play music for the rest of our lives and we want to live off it, that would be a dream come true for all of us. And we plan to release lots and lots of different, wild, hybrid music, whatever happens, because that’s what we’re good at and that’s what we truly love.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can listen to us here on Spotify (insert link), here on YouTube (insert link), here on Deezer (insert link) and here… (insert anything else). When we start selling stuff you’ll be the first to know, we promise!

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

We hope that people will remember at least the choruses, haha… and maybe sing along to them next time they play our songs? No, but seriously, we believe most of all that they’ll remember that hard to pin down, melancholy feeling of wanting to be different, but not knowing how. We sing a lot about imperfection and being able to cope with that and being ok with yourself with the imperfect thing that you have and that you are, but still wanting better. Does that make sense? We hope it does, at least for the people that find themselves in our music, we want them to get that out of it. We made the songs for them and for us, because we too often feel the same way.

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