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DTROTBOT is comprised of three musicians from the Bronx and Queens, who have have conducted improvisatory research and pursued composition projects in various forms for close to a decade.
The NYTimes called their sound “amount to an Alien Ballet; alike to so many Van Dyke Parks numbers refracted through burning sequins”
The current song cycle attempts a re-imagining of Edith Wharton’s old New York; in a ceaseless pop onslaught, DTROTBOT weaves images of city nights and parties into a two-century long narrative on sundry personae and social scenes vying for control of spaces in neighborhoods of Manhattan and Brooklyn.Whether or not the lyrical minutiae are perceived by listeners at a live concert is of variable consequence; Allan’s deep, driving rhythmicities, Pat’s electronic textures and gut-wrenching bass, and Akiva’s brutal naturalism on guitar and voice amount to the awe-inspring, and community forming, dance and rock experience oftentimes signified by that popular enquiry, “are you down to ride on the black out train?
They are currently collaborating with the Elizabeth Taylor Estate on a rock musical based on Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy, which will be released as an LP and live musical at St. Marks Church on the Bowery in September, 2013.