12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Poughkeepsie-to-Brooklyn pop-rockers Robbers On High Street turn up the Beatles influence on their third album, Hey There Golden Hair. There’s still plenty of dense fuzz-guitar and electronic manipulations, courtesy of a clever production from Robbers frontman Ben Trokan and engineer Matt Shane. The Daptone horn section adds an extra brightness, but it’s the vocal interplay that drives the majority of the tracks. “Second Chance” is a bouncy piano number. “Electric Eye” punches up a compact pop groove with groovy keyboards and an airtight rhythm section. Amidst the manic psychedelia of “Crystal Run,” with its splendid guitar solos, hides a Magical Mystery Tour-era Beatles base of operations. “Hollow Hill” could be an earnest lost Paul McCartney track. (The group has covered Macca’s “Monkberry Moon Delight.”) “Face In the Fog” makes great use of Hammond organ. “Hey Unbelievers” and “The Man From the Turnaround” spark more fine Fab Four harmonies. “Monkey” brings forth a ‘60s energy into a modern context. It’s a satisfying mix of old and new, borrowed and almost blue.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Poughkeepsie-to-Brooklyn pop-rockers Robbers On High Street turn up the Beatles influence on their third album, Hey There Golden Hair. There’s still plenty of dense fuzz-guitar and electronic manipulations, courtesy of a clever production from Robbers frontman Ben Trokan and engineer Matt Shane. The Daptone horn section adds an extra brightness, but it’s the vocal interplay that drives the majority of the tracks. “Second Chance” is a bouncy piano number. “Electric Eye” punches up a compact pop groove with groovy keyboards and an airtight rhythm section. Amidst the manic psychedelia of “Crystal Run,” with its splendid guitar solos, hides a Magical Mystery Tour-era Beatles base of operations. “Hollow Hill” could be an earnest lost Paul McCartney track. (The group has covered Macca’s “Monkberry Moon Delight.”) “Face In the Fog” makes great use of Hammond organ. “Hey Unbelievers” and “The Man From the Turnaround” spark more fine Fab Four harmonies. “Monkey” brings forth a ‘60s energy into a modern context. It’s a satisfying mix of old and new, borrowed and almost blue.

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About Robbers On High Street

Although Robbers on High Street only started playing together and in public in 2002, singer/guitarist/keyboardist Ben Trokan and guitarist/singer Steve Mercado had been friends since their childhoods spent in Poughkeepsie, NY. After high school, Trokan moved to New York City and began jamming with drummer Tomer Danan while Mercado stayed at home, getting together to play with friend and bassist Jeremy Phillips. Eventually, the four came together and started Robbers on High Street, basing themselves in N.Y.C. In 2004 their debut release, an EP entitled Fine Lines, came out on Scratchie/New Lines, followed the next year by the full-length Tree City, which brought them comparisons to Spoon as well as fellow New Yorkers the Strokes. In the fall of 2006 the band, who at this point consisted of Trokan, Mercado, and Morgan King, issued an Internet-only five-song EP that contained two songs from their upcoming 2007 album, Grand Animals, and two from the Tree City sessions, as well as a cover of Paul McCartney's "Monkberry Moon Delight." ~ Marisa Brown

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