Deep Dark Robot is a new band led by former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman turned producer Linda Perry. Deep Dark Robot’s debut, 8 Songs About a Girl, was released in March on Perry’s own Custard records and Perry describes the sound as “dirty French garage pop.” I’d call the album a mostly magnificent, swaggering, howling hunk of hard rock.
The disc opens with the wailer “I’m Coming For You!” before “No One Wakes Me Up Like You” glides down into a gentler, almost Keanesque pop melody punched up with Perry’s Thom Yorke-like yowls.
The first two songs were so outstounding and unusual that I hadn’t bothered to look at the press release and actually Deep Dark Robot was a male-fronted indie-rock band. It wasn’t until the noirish rock track “Can’t Gethcha Out of My Mind” that I realized the singer’s voice was female and sounded very familiar. It was then I discovered I’d been listening to Linda Perry’s distinctively powerful alto all along.
“You Mean Nothing To Me” is a seductively nonchalant, Parisian ballad.
Unfortunately, the second half of the disc spirals down into expletive-heavy (there is a Clean Version available), sad bastard music reminiscent of The Wedding Singer‘s “Somebody Kill Me Please.” Granted, the album was inspired by a painful breakup and would be perfect if your heart has just been broken, but it was disappointing for me after such a strong, exhilarating start.
The first four brilliant songs on the disc are more than worth the price of purchase, though, and I hope Linda Perry won’t wait so long between albums in the future.
Deep Dark Robot – Won’t You Be My Girl (mp3 expired)*
*mp3 provided by & posted w/ permission of Sideways Media PR on behalf of Custard Records
Deep Dark Robot – I’m Coming For You! (SoundCloud Stream)*
Deep Dark Robot – No One Wakes Me Up Like You (SoundCloud Stream)*
Deep Dark Robot – Can’t Gethcha Out of My Mind (SoundCloud Stream)*
Deep Dark Robot – You Mean Nothing To Me (SoundCloud Stream)*
*SoundCloud streams uploaded by & posted w/ permission of Sideways Media PR on behalf of Custard Records