Les Robot checks back in on his faithful with 'The Semi-Hollow,' an EP of his amazingly off-kilter cinematic shred guitar instrumentals. He is a modern composer of rock music in the Zappa tradition but with his own unmistakable voice. This music lives in a world all its own while remaining both inviting and accessible. The tracks are expressive, technical, textural, and melodic all at once and display the confidence of an artist comfortable in his own creative universe. All five cuts are worthy of a listen but “Headache Machine” and “Bumble B Boogie” will get you off to a good start.
MARCH 25, 2017 - THE SEMI-HOLLOW - LES ROBOT
REVIEW (by Dave Franklin)
"I like music that I can’t just hang a sound bite or label on, can’t kick into a well defined generic drawer, music that I didn’t see coming. Well, I didn’t see this coming. I feel like I have been run over by demon-possessed truck, experimented on by extra-terrestrials, have stood on the edge of the end of the universe itself, been attacked by cyborgs and had a music shop collapse on me. What a way to spend a morning. And the weird part is…I can’t wait to do it all again."
MARCH 30, 2017 THE SEMI-HOLLOW
(Mike O'Cull - Independent Music Journalist)
"It's refreshing to discover a player as able as Les Robot who is so willing to eschew the usual trappings of rock guitar in favor of a much more daring, experimental, and artistic approach. He possesses the high-wire creative guts of a Jeff Beck or a Frank Zappa and the equivalent skill set to turn it all into something individualistic and listenable. Anyone who cares at all about the evolution of rock guitar needs to have Les Robot on the ol’ radar screen. You won't be sorry."