Look around and you'll notice that robots — formerly the property of Star Wars films, pseudo-break dance moves and weird self-propelled vacuum cleaners — are now popping up in practically every new band. Captured! By Robots, Robots in Disguise, The Trons ... that's just a few.
But we think it was Asheville's own electro/experimental trio RBTS WIN who spearheaded the movement. Why did they invoke the bot moniker? "It was half because of what we were doing with music at the time (being in traditional rock/metal bands) and kind of giving up on that and doing something alien to us," says Brien Worsham, who sings and plays a combination of keys, synthesizers and computers. "The other half being my infatuation with The Flaming Lips (the name of our band being Flaming Lips' song lyrics). I think other people are using [robots] a lot because maybe they feel lied to. We were supposed to have street-patrolling robots and jet packs by now. I mean, we have Segways and all, but let’s be honest. That's just lazy robotics at work."
We also think that, since we're in Moogville and RBTS WIN is the reader-named best electronic/experimental band, shouldn't Moog Music trick them out with some snazzy new machine? "We have been using Moog equipment since the inception of this band," Worsham points out. "(Cough) Little Fatty (cough), a new Voyager, hint, hint."
— Alli Marshall