Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

Live Review: Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Electric Tickle Machine, Miniboone, Translations

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robison
QRO Mag gave me the opportunity to go the Knitting Factory for a show in which the headliner was Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson. At first I was hesitant I had heard that during one of his sets at South by Southwest he had declared that his moniker of Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson was dead and had played many shows alone with only a keyboard playing all his songs, but more about that later. This was my first time in the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.
My first thought was that it would be bigger and I arrived a little early so I had to wait for the first band to come on. Up first was Translations, the band is a five-piece from here in New York City. They were able to keep the attention of the crowd which at this point was a little under 30 people unfortunately. At point the headliner Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson came out and watched the band play for a little bit. Their set unlike the songs on their myspace do not have the band playing muffled electronic songs. They have a more potent sound beginnign with the drum s and their heavy bass lines. Much of the energy seems to project from the band’s lead singer which was able to rouse the crowd. At one point the guitar player broke one of his trings but the frontman was able to get through it with banter about Miles Benjamin Anothy Robinson’s long name.
Next up was Miniboone, an indie pop band from Brooklyn, who are mostly known for their song ‘Rosalina Must Dance Alone’. From the start they began with a much needed burst of energy having frisky guitar lines, almost converstional vocals and a shift of three frontmen. They keyboard, guitar and lead singer duties are constantly being changed throughout at the set. With at one point their bassist shouting “ROTATE!”. Much of the band’s set featured sharp time changes and frantic behavoiur on stage. The highlights of the set include a cover of James Brown’s ‘Living in America’ and ‘Rosalina Must Dance Alone’, in which the melodica was featured. The set left me wanting more unfortantely ther energy would not carry on.
Electric Tickle Machine came up next which was very different from what I had heard from material sent to me. The songs seemed to be drenched in reverb which didn’t help and the sound felt heavy. It gave the band a stron presence but they seemed to lose most of the crowd’s energy which seemed to be more focused when listening to Miniboone. I also lost focus on the set and it seemed to go on forever and waited for Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson to come on.
Once the headliner’s turn came up he had set up his keyboard and guitar with his partner controlling various pedals and a laptop sitting on the floor next to him. At the introduction of his set he said that he would be trying some new things. What I didn’t realize is that he would be jamming for most of his set. He fiddled around with the keyboard’s various sounds and played with mostly programmed beats from his partner’s laptop. Throughout the set most of the people at the show seemed to have left until there were only thirty of us. At one point Kyp Malone came in and started watching the set. Most of the set also featured Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson on a fuzzed out guitar, which he played over the looped keyboard beats. By the end everyone was tired and he finished his set on an upbeat programmed from the keyboard. It was an awkward ending as one of the onlookers’ shouted as the duo left the stage. I was so tired of standing up I had to rush to the train station because I felt my legs were giving out.
The show left with disappointment watching Mile Benjamin Antohny Robison but it did surprise me with Miniboone, who are now on repeat on my iPod since then.

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Buriedfed [Alt]
Miniboone – Devil In Your Eyes [Alt]


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