Interview: Robbers on Parole

We chat to electronic rock band Robbers on Parole about their new single, influence and filling stadiums.

By Jane Howkins

How was your 2019?
It was a great year, full of exciting new stuff, some of which we hadn’t even planned but turned out great in the end, and some of which we planned extensively and we’re very happy with the result. We proudly released our second single and video Feel Complete, we got to do several acoustic concerts at the seaside, which was a gorgeous experience, and we got to create some awesome new music that we’re going to record very soon – at the beginning at 2020 – so be on the lookout!

Have you released any music recently? If so, what can you tell us about that?
Well, as we mentioned, we released a follow-up to our first single 2 Far Gone, which is called Feel Complete and we wanted to make a continuation of the themes from our first song. This time around, we decided to look at the present and what is left for a person after something very important is lost and can never be returned. So we kind of weaved a song around that idea and we focused on the sense of regret that can come with losing a vital part of yourself. We think everybody has been, at some point, in that place and many haven’t been able to get out of it. This is a song about them.

Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
We’re soon entering the studio to record our next three songs. After that, we’re planning on releasing them one by one every two months with some type of music video but, as we want to experiment with different visualisations, it probably won’t be your typical run-of-the-mill music video – we plan a few surprises. After these three singles are released, we’re planning on collecting all five songs (or maybe six, we haven’t decided yet) in our first EP, which will be available, hopefully, sometime in the latter half of 2020. So a lot of stuff this year!

Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
That’s another thing, yes, we would love it if we can go on our first small European tour, we’ve been thinking about it for some time now. Probably the place that we’d all agree we want to visit the most is England and, in particular, London. It’s just such a great scene for exactly the type of alternative indie music that we make and we really hope that our spin on it will be embraced by the audience there. We’ll soon find out!

Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
As individuals, all of us have wildly different influences from one another, ranging from electronica/trip-hop, to new wave/goth rock, to hard rock/heavy metal, to punk/emo and, of course, pop music in all of its different iterations through the years. However, as a band, we’ve narrowed it down to 4 bands that all of us truly love and respect: 21 Pilots, Placebo, Bring Me the Horizon & Massive Attack. They’re quite different from one another and that’s the beauty of it. We’ve found out that the more diverse and eclectic the bands we love are, the more interesting our music becomes as a result.

What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
Well, recently it’s all about My Chemical Romance and their reunion. Everybody is so excited about that and we’re just hoping that we can have the chance to see them in concert. Also, some of us have been having a Nine Inch Nails moment for a couple of months now, and, of course, Bring Me the Horizon released their sixth album last January and a new EP just now in December, so they very nicely bookend 2019 and claim it as their own year!

Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
To be honest, we’ve always thought of our music as something that is made to be played live. That’s how it’s initially designed, from the composition to the production, everything is done with a live show in mind… hopefully a stadium some day [laughs]! We’ve always had a thing for larger-than-life, stadium-sized anthemic electronic rock the likes of which 30 Seconds to Mars often do and we’d like to have the chance to do that at some point in our career. For the moment, the scale of our shows is a lot smaller, but the ambition of our sound is there and it’s growing and evolving with each song.

Any last words for the fans?
You’re awesome, wherever you are. Very soon there’ll be some new music for you to go wild to, so just be patient and rock on!