- In the spring of 2011, songwriter Kate LeDeuce and guitarist Ryan Ford began collaborating on an experimental music project that would plunge the country singer and rock'n'roller deep into the world of pop. They called themselves ROBOTEYES and their songs were passionate love letters to the new wave era.
Armed with only a guitar and some thrift-store synthesizers, the duo performed throughout Southern Ontario to enthusiastic crowds. Their lyrics were moving, their melodies were strong, and their hooks were infectious--but the pair was ultimately unsatisfied with their own sound.
For several months, ROBOTEYES continued to experiment with new musicians and performed with different lineups. The band was thrust into an exciting new direction when hiring a bassist and drummer in the fall of that same year. Like the missing piece of a puzzle, adding bass and drums provided an essential boost to the band's rhythmic sound and ROBOTEYES began opening shows for the likes of Hue, Beekeeper, and We Were Lovers.
The band was further refined with the recruitment and assistance of Matt Servo at his private Das Bootleg recording studio in Toronto. Acting as a producer, Matt and the band worked for nearly a year on composing new songs, new arrangements, and new techniques that would establish ROBOTEYES as a synthpop powerhouse. The band took on a punchy new wave kick that can only be described as "the soundtrack to the greatest John Hughes film never made." After a handful of widly successful shows, the band decided to add the drum work of Chris O'Connor to the band in March of 2013.
The band completed their debut EP in January 2013 and an official release on February 5th, the self-titled disc was produced & mastered entirely by the band at Das Bootleg. ROBOTEYES has been heard on CBC Radio 1 and has electrified audiences with their addictive take on new wave synthpop opening for the likes of Union City and The Protomen.
Their debut EP is available now on CD with remixes by Foxes in Fiction and Infrared Riding Hood or free to download at http://music.robotey.es/
"...roboteyes is an authentic, bouncy hit of ’80s new wave and synth pop." Gabe Pollock, Electric City Live
"It has a distinct 80s new wave, synthpop sound that lands somewhere around the feel of early eighties British duo Yaz." Neil Morton, PTBO Canada
"The self-titled roboteyes EP once again proves that good songs, intelligently presented, are always a winning proposition, over and above the musical genre." Kyle Smith, The Equal Ground
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