Welcome to another edition of Track Marks, in which your Idolators perform an autopsy on the latest MP3-blog sensation.
Artist: Robbers On High Street
Hometown: New York, NY
Album: The Fatalist EP (New Line)
First blog mention: An April ’04 post on Drive A Faster Car.
The Build-Up: indie don’t dance and The Rich Girls Are Weeping took note of the Robbers last spring, while Both Sides Of the Mouth and Music Glob covered them in August.
The Dam-Break: “The Fatalist,” the title song from the Robbers’ new digital-only EP, was released to MP3 blogs about 12 days ago, if this Information Leafblower post is any indication; posts featuring “The Fatalist” followed from Hobby Box, out the other…, I Rock Cleveland, and about 10 other blogs. The song is currently sitting at No. 2 on the elbo.ws chart.
Odds of Backlash: 4-1; already, commenters on some blogs are bristling at the Robbers’ indie-by-numbers sound.
Are They Worthy?: The Robbers aren’t much to write home about–they seem to have derived a lot of their musical template from a circa-2004 NME stash. But we’re very impressed by their label’s ability to dispense a single MP3 and have it work magic around the blogosphere; hey, it even worked with us, even if we’re pretty lukewarm about their sound.
Robbers On High Street – The Fatalist [MP3, link expired]
Robbers On High Street [MySpace]