Monday, May 23, 2011

You Should Know: Brkn Rbtz - Tia

One hundred thirteen. That's the number of times I've listened to Brkn Rbtz's "Tonight" since I added the song...THREE DAYS AGO. 

If you've taken the time to flip through radio stations lately (and God bless you for even trying to keep radio alive) you've probably been hard pressed to find a station that doesn't sound like all of the other stations. Apparently we've been reduced to 3, maybe 4 radio formats and they're all controlled by Lady Gaga and Bieber's record labels. Trying to find something that didn't sound like the last something that sounded a lot like the previous something has of late become an exercise in futility. So the minute an artist or album comes along that we emphatically KNOW we haven't heard before we latch on to it and hold on for dear life. (Adele's 21 is approaching the 2 million mark...Just saying.) 

I am convinced that a good harmony and/or melody and well written lyrics will instantly garner fans. Brkn Rbtz have both, which is why everyone that we've introduced them to have become instant fans. I am no exception. 

Toya sent me the video for "Tonight" with a note saying, "These are Brian McKnight's kids. Their harmonies tell on them real bad." I pushed play and was a fan before the chorus. Maybe it was the R&B voices over the rock beat. Maybe it was the ridiculously good harmonies. Whatever it was, Brkn Rbtz had me at the first "Tonight."


Melding genres isn't easy. If not done correctly artists run the risk of too heavily favoring one sound over the other and the end result is a schizophrenic mess. Brkn Rbtz perfectly execute rock sounding anthems with R&B flavor that defies you not to put one finger in the air, close your eyes and sing out every word at the top of you lungs. 

I must confess, I haven't been able to listen to anything more than "Tonight", "The Wanting" and "Militia". My love of "Tonight" has been unmatched by anything in recent memory. The key change and straight up SANGIN' at the end of "The Wanting" will take you ALL the way in. And if "Militia" doesn't make you want to rise up against some sort of establishment nothing else will. But I fully intend on listening to the rest of their songs...eventually. I just need to stop playing "Tonight"...on repeat...while I do everything. 

You can listen to and download their songs on their Facebook page. And if you're fortunate enough to live in LA (Man, I miss the west coast!) they're playing at Amplyfi on Melrose, June 4. 

I guarantee Brkn Rbtz is your new favorite band everything. If you can watch this and not love them then you need to see the wizard about a heart. 

9 comments:

ToyaBGLU said...

I just played this for my co-worker. At the end of the bridge ("Haaaaaave yoooou") she straight walked away from my desk. 5 seconds later I hear her yelling from her desk "How do you spell broken robots again?!" LOL! Their vocals are so dope.

Alexis said...

I LOVE IT! And it's super dope that y'all got a shout out on Brian McKnight's facebook page.

Melissa W said...

LOVE THEM!!!!! I'm so happy more people are learning about this AWESOME band!

Danelle Elizabeth said...

ok, how do I find them? this is what I'm talking about! I wanna open for them.

Anonymous said...

Love it! The vocals, the music, the cuteness, all of it! I'm a fan! Thanks, Tia!

jennephik said...

Just saw them perform with Brian McKnight in L.A. Had really liked their stuff on YouTube before but seeing/hearing them live with their daddy was amazing! They all are so talented!!! Wish they were on iTunes.

Anonymous said...

Brian McKnight & Family @ Apollo Theater,NYC, July 23, 7pm

Cheflewi said...

It is so great to see these guys doing what they do .......Brian u are a great father ....and these boys follow in ur great steps.....I miss the talent that the radio no longer plays anymore....it seems we are blocked by feeling real feelings.....what ever it is ....please never give up you guys.....the people who need the good hearts are listening....Chef Lewi

AJ Linton said...

I love this!!!!! This group is AMAZING!!! Discovered them a long time ago!! They also released an EP where they covered all Disney Songs....breaktaking!