Live Gig Video: Robocobra Quartet share performance of ‘You’ll Shrug’ ahead of The Great Escape 2017

By on Wednesday, 17th May 2017 at 4:00 pm

Robocobra Quartet are a band that can perk up the ears of a wide-ranging audience. Their vast array of influences, including jazz, hardcore punk and classical music mixed with a no-holds-barred approach to music, has also gained them support slots with Melt Yourself Down, Girl Band, El Ten Eleven and Get the Blessing, as well as being featured on BBC 6 Music and Daniel P. Carter’s Radio 1 rock show. The band will be performing in Brighton twice this Friday the 19th during The Great Escape 2017: 3:30 PM at the Hope and Ruin, followed by 10:30 PM at the delegates’ home base for the weekend, the Queens Hotel.

The Belfast band released a live video of their track ‘You’ll Shrug’ 2 weeks ago, which excellently encapsulates their incredible live performance. The song is built primarily on a lengthy dynamic and textural build, both sonically and visually, lead by Ryan’s stirring performance on drums and vocals showcasing his immense control and fluidity within both roles to lead the band. Bassist Ryan Burrowes lays down a hypnotic, melodic chord based bass line matched by a swaying stage presence, acting like the physical representation of the music. Usually, a bass player carrying the melodic interest of the music is seen as uncommon, but when it comes to the Belfast quartet, uncommon is common. Together, Ryan and Burrowes lay a solid foundation with the odd shred of experimentation, allowing Tom Tabori and Thibault Barillion on soprano and tenor sax to coat the track in tastefully improvised lines, which fall in and out of sync with Ryan’s expressive vocal projection.


Despite the heavy use of improvisation, which can create a sense of uncertainty within the music in the wrong hands, Robocobra Quartet are an incredibly tight and solid band with a micro-analytic attention to detail. From their live performances, it’s easy to feel the immense amount of passion the band have for music while they demonstrate an astonishing level of dynamic control and musicality. In addition to their Great Escape appearances on Friday in Brighton, Robocobra Quartet so far have a small list of summer shows throughout the UK and Ireland, which you can find here. To read our past coverage here on TGTF on the Belfast group, including Carrie’s coverage of them at the Music from Ireland full Irish breakfast showcase at SXSW 2017, follow this link.

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