Local alt-rock/hip-hop/soul group Iconoclast Robot is following up their solid 2012 full-length The Reti Opening with a brand new 6-track EP called BrightLights/DarkDepths. Citing influences ranging from The Roots to Radiohead to Rage Against the Machine, Iconoclast Robot have been steadily building a name for themselves in the local scene ever since forming in 2011, having since scored gigs at Concerts In the Park, Ace of Spades and many other reputable venues and events. Their new EP was recorded in September and October at Freqy Music Studio and was engineered and produced by Andrew Lozano. It features some stellar guest performers from the likes of emcee extraordinaire Rasar (formerly Random Abiladeze), violin work from Joe Kye (of the local band Joseph in the Well), as well as appearances from Zebulon and Danny Franco.

“The EP BrightLights/DarkDepths is cinematic soundscapes, symphonic backdrops,” guitarist Russell Boucher told Submerge. “Lyrically it’s driven by authority/political figures, religious pitfalls and found/failed love.”

Iconoclast Robot is throwing one helluva release show at Assembly (1000 K Street, Sacramento) on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, with support from local heavy hitters James Cavern and the Council, DLRN, and Good Samaritans. Doors open at 8 p.m., all ages are welcome, and the cover is $12 at the door ($10 in advance). This will likely be one of the last shows at Assembly for a while, as word recently got out that the venue’s current operators (the peeps from Ace of Spades) are vacating the space at the end of November and are looking to purchase/operate a new venue sometime soon (more on that later!). No word yet on who will take over the Assembly space after November. In the meantime, visit Iconoclastrobot.com for more information on this talented local group.

    Jonathan Carabba

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