The Killer Robots – Screaming In Digital

 

From out of the Skies they came… four robots on a journey of self-discovery! Crash-landing on Earth they formed a band to draw on the limitless cosmic energy of the fourth dimension. In the process they attracted the attention of an army of vengeful mutants. And thus it began!

The Killer Robots

The Killer Robots

Scott: Who are the Killer Robots?
Auto: A multimedia art project spanning many forms of audio and visual arts or more precisely Giant Robots fighting monsters and each other.
Strobo: I guess you can say that, the Killer Robots are a mechanized brotherhood bonded in an eternal pursuit of adventure!
Maximilian De Kill: The Killer Robots are a bunch of fun-loving robots determined to overtake the world with their good looks and charm… or not.
Scott: Tell me about how you robots decided to become a band?
Auto: I contacted Strobo, Max and later Trog in 2004-2005 to participate. Everyone then built their own costumes and contributed to the overall theme.
Strobo: As I reflect on the matter I believe it was actually Auto who first suggested it. He got the idea after noticing the melodic structure of sound generated as a result of Trog kicking the ever loving crap out some space scum them throwing head first into a large stand of trash cans. It was one hell of a eureka moment.
Max: It was Auto! He was the one that decided to use our assembly-line talents in the factory to mischievious musical use.
Scott: Which of you was the first robot to learn to play an instrument?
Auto: Strobo was in a couple of bands prior to the Killer Robots.
Strobo: I think that would have been Trog for sure. It had been long noted that there was some primal rhythm in the punching barrage he would unleash on any and every foe he encountered in battle. He was and is a natural. If you don’t believe me I can set you up with a free lesson.
Max: Haha, I laugh at the words “play an instrument”… this is debatable!
Scott: Were any of you “extras” in the 1983 Herbie Hancock video “Rockit” ?
Auto: I was not. Trog might have been in it.
Strobo: Not to my knowledge. However as a result of limited budget restraints, one set of those kicking legs in the video belonged to one of my uncles. You see my uncle is a member of Robo SAG for his dancing skills, so the producer hired his lower half.
Max: No but I fell in love with the pair of legs marching around the room!
Scott: Are any of you related to any of the robots in that early 2000’s TV series “Robot Wars” ?
Auto: Not to my knowledge. None of them had arms or legs, so probably not.
Strobo: It is believed that Max is related to one of the long range probes used in one or two of the episodes. However for whatever reason prior to our notoriety, the probe chose not to return any of Max’s calls.
Max: I trained with the Eliminator once, he kept flipping me over like a pancake! I always thought that was a really cheap move… give me one of those chainsaws!
Scott: Which one of you get’s the most chicks, and why?
Auto: Strobo by sheer force of magnetism.
Strobo: I think that would be a tossup between Max and Trog. The ladies seem to find Max irresistible for some reason. Earth women seem to find Trogs hands to be his finest attribute, maybe it’s because of the love hate tattoos on his knuckles. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the size of his hands.
Max: I’d say Trog gets the most chicks, ’cause you know they say: the robot with the biggest hands has the biggest…
Scott: Tell me about the Cosmic Potato.
Auto: It’s a genetically engineered potato that gives off a lot of electricity. It can power a whole planet.
Strobo: The Cosmic Potato is a device of immense power coveted by a race of plant people for its life giving attributes.
Max: That cheeky potato! It was all lies! All I know is I found a really big of french fries which was delicious.
Scott: Out of all the Killer Robots enemies, who is feared the most?
Auto: Monko the gladiator. He’s acquired a powerful odor over the years and has proven to be quite the opponent.
Strobo: What is this fear which you speak of?
Max: That would be Monko the Gladiator, no competition. He really is a dirty, stinky boy. His diapers haven’t been changed in years.
Scott: What’s the craziest thing to ever happen at a Killer Robots show?
Auto: The power went out at The Atlantic in Gainesville. We ended up singing the instruments a capella.
Strobo: The strangest thing I have observed at a gig was at a club called Fuel in Jax. Fla. During the heat of the performance, for whatever reason, a group of overzealous revelers found it worthy to sacrifice one of their party on the edge of the stage
Max: If memory serves me correctly the craziest things that have ever happened at a Killer Robot show happend all in one night at the Zombie Lounge in LA. Now those kids know how to party! Just take a look at the youtube video for a taste…
Scott: What do robots eat?
Auto: Vegetarian brillo pads.
Strobo: Rumor has it that, we found one of the Cosmic Potato’s to be quite tasty.
Max: Twinkies.
Scott: What’s a typical day for the Killer Robots?
Auto: Usually standing around a parking lot deciding where to go.
Strobo: Emerge from stasis, seek out adventure, accidental carnage, lots of apologies.
Max: Well, I have to recharge my nuclear power-packs every morning in order to fly properly, which I never do so I don’t. Then I go to yoga class and drink a few beers. After that, if I feel up to par, I walk the dog!
Scott: Did you have a chance to see the movie “Real Steel”? If so, what are your thoughts on it, and the robots which they hired to act in the film?
Auto: I haven’t seen it. I think the robots in the movie are actually computerized projections.
Strobo: I didn’t see this Real Steel of which you speak of. I don’t condone and find insult with the control of automatons by, and I use the term loosely, inferior beings.
Max: I haven’t seen the film yet but I want to! About time they make a REAL movie about REAL robots, not that Terminator crap. From what I saw in the trailer those robots keep in shape!
Scott: I once heard a rumor that two members of the Killer Robots were actually the inspiration for “R2D2” and “C3PO” from the Star Wars films, care to let the cat out of the bag on this one?
Auto: Former members Nimrod and Edsel. They made a ton of money off of that.
Strobo: If that is true this is the first that I’ve heard of it. You won’t find any vestiges of C3PO in any of us, but, besides the fact that Trog weighs several Kilotons and has been known to single handily destroy vast armies before breakfast he does on occasion display the innocence of this R2D2. If you quote me on that I’ll, upon your revival, call you a liar to what’s left of your face!
Max: If I divulged any information YOU KNOW WHO would have us destroyed!
Scott: What’s the best part of being a Killer Robot?
Auto: Meeting new people, creating and performing.
Strobo: What is guilt?
Max: We’re a magnet for crazy adventures!
Scott: If you could tour with one famous robot, who would it be and why?
Auto: Twiki from Buck Rogers was pretty cool. We were assembling ourselves in the bathroom at Megacon one year. The actor who played Twiki came in, stopped short and said “this is worse than my dressing room!” then turned around and left.
Strobo: Mechanized Godzilla , need I say more?
Max: Definitely Maria from Metropolis, she is so hot! But if she couldn’t make it on tour, I’d settle for Pris from Blade Runner…
Scott: Have the Killer Robots ever thought about venturing in to the world of Professional Wrestling?
Auto: As long as our opponents are also trapped inside fiberglass boxes, I’m game.
Strobo: We have but where would you humans get a steady supply of opponents?
Max: Now that is a question for Trog, he’s been jumping for the chance to get in the ring! Me? I think I’d watch from the sidelines…
Scott: What are some of your favorite bands?
Auto: I like the older punk bands like the Ramones, Misfits and Bad Brains.
Strobo: Man or Astro man, Kiss, GWAR and the Chuckey Cheese band.
Max: My favorite bands are the Ramones and the Stray Cats.
Scott: What inspires the Killer Robots music?
Auto: The quest to understand this human reality.
Strobo: The ever driving quest for adventure and oh yeah, beer!
Max: Beer, girls, and intergalactic chaos. Mix those together and you have the ingredients for a great tune!
Scott: If you could pick one Killer Robots song as your favorite, which would it be and why?
Auto: I like Depressurization because it goes nananana nananana nananana nananananananana
Strobo: MotorGod how much more badass can you get? There are no such things as favorites where an automaton is concerned. Pure equality for all subjects!
Max: My favorite is Captain Zero… fast and furious, just the way I like it!
Scott: When are we gonna hang out and play Rock’em Sock’em Robots?
Auto: Anytime man!
Strobo: This question proves the fact that you don’t know or have never played with Trog. For your own good.” reconsider this request”!
Max: Anytime! Just name a date and I’ll be there with beer in hand!
Scott: Has this been an awesome interview or what?
Auto: Yes!
Strobo: That depends, is there any free beer to be had in the near future?
Max: I must say, this has been a “killer” interview… thank you, thank you. And I’m only operating at 27.5% brain capacity!
Scott: Any last words?
Auto: Be on the lookout for the Killer Robots Next Movie Electric Bugaloo.
Strobo: Was the answer to the last question no? If so the next knock at your door will be an angry Trog ready to play that game of Rock em Sock em Robots you requested earlier.
Max: Whew! This was a lot of work… lets PARTY!

The Killer Robots

The Killer Robots

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One Comment on "The Killer Robots – Screaming In Digital"

  1. Shoe November 16, 2011 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    I remember seeing the Killer Robots at Woodstock and they eclipsed Hendrix! Of course, I was the only one who could see them as it was necessarry to take three hits of “Orange Sunshine” to break through to their etheral plane. I knew it would take a while for humans to evolve enough to reach their level of intergalactic sophistication and have the human brain capable of handling it. ROBOTS ROCK!

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