ROBES IS A FOUR-PIECE ROCK ACT BORN IN NYC. THE BAND BOASTS SOME SEASONED GENTLEMEN WITH ROOTS IN 90’S D.I.Y. ARTISTIC EXPRESSION. GUITAR PLAYER AND VOCALIST DREW DEMAIO HELPED IMPRINT GAINESVILLE FLORIDA ONTO THE POST-HARDCORE MAP AS HIS MUSICAL ENDEAVORS CRUSHED THROUGH AUDIENCES WITH PERFORMANCES IN BANDS SUCH AS GUS, STRIKEFORCE DIABLO, ARGENTINA, ASSHOLE PARADE AND FLOOR. AFTER HIS TIME IN FLORIDUH HAD RUN ITS COURSE, DEMAIO, ULTIMATELY FOUND HIMSELF DESIRING A MOVE AND DECIDED TO MAKE A LIFE FOR HIMSELF IN NEW YORK CITY. BASSIST AND VOCALIST DAVE DIEM IS A VETERAN OF THE SAME SCENE. HE PARTICIPATED BY ROCKING OUT WITH TWELVE HOUR TURN. FOLLOWING THE BAND’S END, DAVE PURSUED A CAREER AS A SCHOOL TEACHER. DIEM, TOO, EVENTUALLY RELOCATED TO NYC WHERE HE STAYED CLOSE WITH DREW. FEELING THEY HAD STRAYED TOO FAR FROM THEIR MUSICAL PASSIONS, THE TWO BEGAN TO COLLABORATE, WRITING AND SHARING IDEAS OFTEN THROUGH E-MAIL.
JEFF GENSTERBLUM HAILS FROM MICHIGAN AND HAS PLAYED THE DRUMS WITH MUCH HARD HITTING ENTHUSIASM FOR SMALL BROWN BIKE, ABLE BAKER FOX, UNWED, STATES AND KINGDOMS, AND YOUR SKULL MY CLOSET, TO NAME A FEW. JEFFERSON KNEW DIEM AND DEMAIO AS NO IDEA LABEL MATES AND TOUR PARTNERS. WHEN HE MOVED TO BROOKLYN, IT WASN’T LONG BEFORE HE HOOKED UP WITH HIS OLD COLLEAGUES.
VOCALIST AND GUITAR PLAYER PETER BARTSOCAS, ANOTHER FLORIDA NATIVE, AND NOW BROOKLYN TRANSPLANT, HAS DESTROYED WITH PAGAN GIRLS, AS FRIENDS RUST, AND BIRD OF ILL OMEN. CLOSE FRIENDS WITH DREW, THE TWO OFTEN TALKED OF TAKING THE STAGE TOGETHER. TIRED OF COMPOSING SONGS ON THEIR COMPUTERS, DEMAIO AND DIEM DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO AGAIN PLUG IN AND ROCK OUT LIVE. ENLISTING THE TALENTS OF THEIR OLD FRIENDS BARTSOCAS AND GENSTERBLUM, THE FOUR BEGAN TO COLLABORATE AND REFINE THE TUNES DAVE AND DREW HAD BEEN DEVELOPING. THE FULL FORCE OF ROBES WAS FINALLY REALIZED.
"INDECLINE" is the band's first LP following the "Unholy Moon" 7".
released March 17, 2017
Those in ROBES :
Jeff Gensterblum - Drums / Percussion
David Diem - Bass / Vocals
Drew DeMaio - Guitar / Vocals
Peter Bartsocas - Vocals / Guitar
Recorded & Mixed by J. Robbins at Magpie Cage / Baltimore, MD Spring 2016
Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio
slow down you've only just arrived one foot in the pine sawed jagged by time dive down bathe in broken teeth a real drag by design one foot in the pine kind killer a sinner with nothing to prove and I deserve the abuse I’m beholden to you I’ll wake up and grin those broken teeth and then we’ll know who’s brittle bones will rattle and roll seer look through the eye believer, surrender your life as those who devote never die pilgrims we are on a road that divides
Track Name: Black River
head up and I hold out because there's nowhere I can run to then a satellite wakes up the night and clears a path to you the hand of god will show me all things a voice of reason tells me nothing now a saboteur has made his way to shore and whispers in a code only I can decipher black river flows and drowned the only greenery known to grow steel mountains killed the sunlight and chased away the scenery far below the seasons cross our caravan in search of slower seas and a softer sand we’ve lost the satellite and the guiding light It’s getting dark out and we’re going in circles
Track Name: The Flowerbed
there’s an angel asleep beside me there she’s lying in the flowerbed I’m still dreaming of the devil he’s been hiding in my head misery is telling me that your company is killing me harmony is misery when malady’s the melody feeling fearful for what lies ahead there’s beauty in the treachery and boundless is the bettering a seedling fearless is bound to live misery in my head sinking in the deep end now disobey my head living in the deep end now
Track Name: Honeyblood
she’s all the rage and all I see here I am standing on my own two feet I'm not alone we are neighboring anemones in a sea of rivalry we're riling the enemy how does she sell herself so selflessly when she is souring she tastes so sweet I would even bite her tongue just to taste that honeyblood Indeed it’s all I need to set me free and keep me young only the light is darkness in decline your alibi is of no surprise the methods devised will not apologize they’ve awakened the breakers and I’ve capsized
Track Name: Young Buck
hey young buck where did you go wrong you chased all your demons away when will you learn they make you a man but don’t take your hell to the grave climb up your tower and swing from your bell Soon comes the hour when you’ll have to tell breathless sound it suffocates the truth the rats bring the wolves as the plague takes the youth so hold on aimless give up your gun son shameless blame all but one hey young blood celebrate the now soak up the love through your labor outrun the pack and never look back seldom is history a savior shout from your tower I’ll echo in wait soon comes the day when you will have to face what I’ve found and propagate the truth the rats bring the wolves as the plague takes the youth stay young don't you ever run and stay young
Track Name: Unholy Moon
this army of earthquakes is ready for battle the people of earth wait for a war that won’t even matter I’ll save you the heartache and tell you a lie I’ll keep you warm with friendly fire a sentence is handed down and now it’s coming down to the wire the holy one is on the run unholy moon is on the dune the aftershocks are frightening we lay torn and tattered messiahs they come and prophets they go illusions are shattered we have to find a way to keep you alive clean your wounds then show you the light bandages soaked come undone blood kissed lips say goodbye there will be no one to save you
Track Name: Lay Low
this parasite eats paradise then drinks straight from your eyes your candidate is running late the vote you’ve cast is now cast aside beneath this haunted house are many graves I can hear the waking of the ghosts hollow bodies of souls unsaved and I feel the ache in their bones so I lay low within this island cave a treasure waits calling those in search of a name luring the crazy-brave into its cavern lake only to fall beneath the waves don't go it alone you'll never find your way home and what is a home when you live in a shadow
Track Name: Yourmajesty
listen up because we're speaking in circles there’s nothing to win we labor and long for the answers and never beg the question I can see you climbing the walls I can feel you bending the laws there's nothing but nothing between us brace for the fall I’m out of reach I’m shifting sand we crush we lift never in command how can we sing it’s deafening without any meaning locked on a melody forever astray I’m on a beach but I'm getting shivers we lay we drift the party conspires how can we sleep in dirty sheets what is this new terror float on a jet-stream and get further away your eyes throw knives now rise play nice
Track Name: Men of the Desert
a wise man survives as he lives on his heels who’s love leans him forward lost is the fool who lives for the deal trading silence for silver one should not want for so many things our wealth is our nature still we attach to so many strings then we swing from the rafters I’ll never mourn for a life chosen to waste I will adorn a life half-mast away the mind of a madman he heads for the hills looking over his shoulder fearing such things unknown to be real his soul growing colder no towering giant nor magical spell will quell his adventure only the sane will they live to tell as the heart saves the mind