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Robo Kickstarter 2.0: Custom Care Packs and MEGA CHEAP lots aplenty!

Now we gone n dun it: another Robotic Empire Kickstarter has been launched! Why? Because we’re seriously out of room at RoboHQ and need to clear some much-needed space for upcoming releases aplenty.

We’ve dug through the archives and found some oddball items to offer up, plus we’re doing pick-and-choose CD lots for well below cost.

For real, $10 gets you 10 CDs, $20 gets you 25 CDs, $50 gets you 30 titles (including the 8xCD FLOOR set, new 2xCD AIDAN BAKER release and some other jammers). We’ve got test presses from ISIS, GHASTLY CITY SLEEP and TILTS, discounted damaged goods, an overstock-vinyl-lot, and will probably add some other jibba jab as it surfaces.

Total goal amount: $420

This is more of a space-making endeavor than a money making one, so please check it out as the deals are pretty retardo.

To please kickstarter’s guideline-enforcers, we are calling these “Custom Robotic Empire Care Packs” and will draw whatever madness you want on the box, sales receipt and/or anywhere else. This was surprisingly popular during our previous/first Kickstarter for the TILTS LP release (which is nearly sold out now too, we’ve got about 25 copies left) so we’re upping the ante this time and making it standard practice for all orders made via this campaign.

So get weird with it: Wanna see the Terminator hitting a gravitybong: DONE. How about a unicorn battling a dinosaur? DEAL. Or maybe a mystic wizard cooking up some pancakes? Strange, but OKAY. Basically whatever dumb stuff you can conjure up: we’ll scrawl it onto or within your package wherever we can.

Yes, this is goofy… but we’re trying to keep this space-making operation interesting, for both you and for us. So please hit up our Kickstarter page and help us make this happen! Gotta say too, the success of the TILTS campaign was heavily indebted to people posting it on their various social media outlets and forums… so if you’re willing to share this stupidity, we’ll gladly throw in some BONUS SCHWAG at the end of the campaign. Just let us know when we send out the “kickstarter survey” thing at the end and we’ll juice ya up!


* Robotic Empire – Custom Care Packs @ Kickstarter

"FLOORTWENTY" almost over, TORCHE tour dates and TILTS + Fox News (?!)

Sup! We’re entering the last few days of the “FLOORTWENTY” coupon code’s availability as well as the 15% off the TORCHE albums we released. Holla at the Robotic Empire – Online Store if you’ve been slacking on this, as it all ends in just a couple days and is a great cheap way to get some mega essential heavy tunes!

Related, some footage has surfaced of FLOOR‘s performance at All Tomorrow’s Parties in London this past week, definitely check it out here.

Unable to keep Steve Brooks (and crew) out of the UK, TORCHE will be hitting Jolly Ol’ England and the mainland Eurozone for a phat stack of tour dates this Sept:

09/13 MANCHESTER Moho Live
09/14 NOTTINGHAM Rock City Basement
09/15 GLASGOW Captain’s Rest
09/17 BRIGHTON Haunt
09/18 SOUTHAMPTON Cellar
09/19 EINDHOVEN Effenaar (Netherlands)
09/20 PARIS Divan Du Monde (France)
09/21 BRUSSELS Magasin 4 (Belgium)
09/22 OSNABRUCK Bastard Club (Germany)
09/23 HAMBURG Hafenklang (Germany)
09/24 WIESBADEN Schlachthof Wiesbaden (Germany)
09/25 STUTTGART 1210 (Germany)
09/26 MUNICH 59 to 1 (Germany)
09/27 ZURICH Abart (Switzerland)
09/28 BERLIN Bi Nuu (Germany)
09/29 COLOGNE Luxor (Germany)
09/30 DORTMUND FZW (Germany)

And in some weird “members of” news, TORCHE co-guitarist Andrew Elstner’s other gnarly band TILTS got some randomajor love from Fox News “Redeye” host Greg Gutfeld on twitter these days. WTF?

* FLOOR in the Robotic Empire – Online Store
* TORCHE in the Robotic Empire – Online Store
* TILTS in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

ISIS and PG.99 represses & shirts, new NADJA shirt + FLOOR discography discount, a bat PEEING in TILTS/TORCHE guitarist’s EYE +lotsa new distro items!

This diverse update first sees us with two influential bands’ catalog items back in print, with vinyl from ISIS and PG.99 getting the re-press treatment. Although the sonic differences are significant, each group created a lasting legacy that still holds long after their disbanding.

ISIS‘ landmark albums Oceanic and Panopticon are both back in action on the 2xLP format, each with “reverse board” printing throughout (Oceanic getting the massive “tip-on” style jackets, and Panopticon printed via reverse-board for the very first time). The band requested simple black-vinyl for the entire pressing and after a smattering of variations over the years, this keeps things nice and simple.

* ISIS items in the Robotic Empire – Online Store (including vinyl and t-shirts)
* ISIS on Facebook

PAGENINETYNINE reunited last year for a couple of well received and emotionally cathartic live performances. To celebrate, we issued their long out-of-print collections CD, Singles, on the overdue vinyl format. The entire pressing sold out, so a shorter run of 250 more on black vinyl have just been pressed to fill the remaining silkscreened jackets we had kicking around. In classic makeshift fashion, some copies come with the proper “printed innersleeve” that houses the vinyl, and some copies come with a xerox insert of the same artwork instead. Keeping it DIY to keep it in print!

Related, we also recently re-printed two classic PG.99 t-shirt designs. Most sizes are still available, although before even announcing their availability they started heading right back out our doors.

* PAGENINETYNINE items in the Robotic Empire – Online Store (including vinyl, t-shirts and a screen print)

Again sonically different but equally recommended, in celebration of TORCHE‘s magnanimous new album Harmonicraft coming out later this month, we’ve decided to discount the closely-related FLOOR discography 8xCD set, Below & Beyond. Everything this seminal sludge-turned-pop outfit ever recorded is contained within this massive collection, and with the deluxe vinyl edition now sold out, this 8xCD release is the only (physical) way to own the monstrous amount of material these geniuii churned out.

The price is tightnice too, as if you enter the “FLOORTWENTY” coupon code at checkout, the price drop to, ahem, $20. Pretty galldarn good for 8 stacked CDs, a bigass 12″x12″ 32(!)-page booklet and a custom gatefold jacket holding it all together. BONUS SCHWAG: coupon-code enterers also get a free FLOOR 8xButton set as well, depicting all the album covers from the discography. If you’ve slacked on this crucial mega-release thus far, hit that up with the quickness as the discount+hookup only goes through the end of this month.

* FLOOR items in the Robotic Empire – Online Store (including the discography, buttons, lots of t-shirts and a 2xDVD)
* FLOOR on Facebook

FLOOR also has three live gigs on deck in the coming months as well. If you’re on the US East Coast, or in England… don’t miss em!

* 4/14 – Savannah, GA @ Statts Benefit Block Party – w/ US CHRISTMAS, WITHERED, lots more – more info:
* 5/26 – London, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties – w/ MOGWAI, CODEINE, HARVEY MILK, lots more – more info:
* 7/6-7/8 – Miami, FL @ 305 Fest – w/ TORCHE, HOUSE OF LIGHTNING, BASTARD NOISE, lots more – more info:

We also have a fantastic and enveloping new t-shirt design from our favorite prolific doom-couple, NADJA! The Berlin-via-Canada duo have teamed up with Berlin-via-Sweden tattoo artist HLG for this brilliant new shirt. Simple but stark, black ink printed on grey supersoft “Next Level” brand t-shirts. Need a new favorite shirt? Seek ye no further! This really is nice…

* NADJA (and related) items in the Robotic Empire – Online Store (including shirts, CDs, vinyl, a book and more)
* NADJA on Facebook

Besides that rad new shirt and what we consider essential Robo catalog items re-pressed or discounted, we’ve also had a healthy amount of bombastic new items and re-stocks enter our world for this update.

On the new item tip, we’re talking turkey bout killer vinyl from AMENRA, CLOUD MOUTH, DAITRO, DARK CASTLE, KEN MODE, KIDCRASH, MT. ASLEEP, SED NON SAETIA, TUBERS and more.

For restocks, lets rap about an ALGERNON CADWALLADER re-up for all you jangly mofos, BLACK COBRA vinyl and THE BODY 2xLPs are At A Loss essentials that are going quick, CAPSULE‘s latest ripper on the ltd waxy, COLISEUM, GIVE UP JAH GHOST, PUNCH, TOUCHE AMORE and TRAP THEM bludgeoners from Deathwish, DES ARK and PYGMYLUSH prettys LPs from Lovitt, MELT BANANA and smokeloads more from the prolific Init, the cool/oldschool-esque DON’T BE SWINDLE zine, plus a handful of other freaky gems weaved throughout just the restocks for this round. Here’re the full lists:

* Algernon Cadwallader – Parrot Flies 12″ (Hot Green) $9.99
* Amenra / Hive Destruction – Split 10″ (Init) $13.99
* Battlefields – Agassiz CD (Init) $7.99
* Cloud Mouth – Keep Well 10″ (Ice Age) $9.99
* Cloud Mouth – That Ghost is Always With Me 12″ (Ice Age) $9.99
* Daitro – Laisser Vivre Les Squelettes 12″ (Echo Canyon) $14.99
* Dark Castle – Spirited Migration – 180 GRAM – GREEN COLORED VINYL 12″ (At a Loss) $14.99
* Grin and Bear It – Self-Titled 7″ (Allergic To Fun) $4.99
* Hive Destruction – Secretvm/Veritas CD (Init) $7.99
* Ken Mode – Venerable 12″ (Init) $14.99
* Kidcrash – Naps 12″ (Init) $12.99
* Monarch – Omens CD (At A Loss) $10.99
* Mountain Asleep – Smile Medicine 7″ (Kid Sister Everything) $4.99
* Nadja – Bone Blight – Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Nadja – Bone Blight – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Nadja – Bone Blight – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Nadja – Bone Blight – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Old Growth – Out Of The Sand – COLORED VINYL 12″ (Echo Canyon) $14.99
* Same Sex Dictator – From Beneath You it Devours Cassette (Long Way) $4.99
* Sed Non Satiata – Self-Titled – COLORED VINYL 12″ (Echo Canyon) $14.99
* Sleeping In Gethsemane / Loom – Split 7″ (Init) $4.99
* Tubers – Anachronous – TEAL COLORED VINYL 12″ (Echo Canyon) $14.99

* Abandoned Hearts Club, The – The Initial Confessions Of 7″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Init) $4.99
* Algernon Cadwallader – Some Kind Of Cadwallader 12″ (Security Blanket) $9.99
* Assailant, The – Nurse – PICTURE DISC 7″ (Init) $5.99
* Battlefields – Entourage Of The Archaic 12″ – GREEN COLORED VINYL (Init) $10.99
* Black Cobra – Feather And Stone 12″ – RED COLORED VINYL (At A Loss) $14.99
* Body, The – All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood 2×12″ – GREY & DARK GREY COLORED VINYL (At A Loss) $19.99
* Body, The – All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood 2×12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (At A Loss) $19.99
* Buried Inside – Chronoclast 12″ – 180g VINYL (Init) $19.99
* Capsule – No Ghost 12″ – GREY COLORED VINYL (Rorschach) $12.99
* Coliseum – True Quiet / Last Wave 7″ (Deathwish) $4.99
* Des Ark – Don’t Rock The Boat, Sink The F’er 12″ – ORANGE COLORED VINYL (Lovitt) $14.99
* Don’t Be Swindle – Issue #1 Zine (Don’t Be Swindle) $3.50
* Give Up The Ghost – We’re Down Til We’re Underground 12″ – TRANSPARENT ORANGE COLORED VINYL (Deathwish) $11.99
* Isis – Oceanic 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) $19.99
* Isis – Panopticon 2×12″ (Robotic Empire) $19.99
* Melt Banana – Initial 3″ Mini CD (Init) $5.99
* Melt Banana – Initial 7″ (Init) $5.99
* Pageninetynine – Girl w/ Heart T-Shirt – Size: DOUBLE EXTRA LARGE (Robotic Empire) $15.99
* Pageninetynine – Girl w/ Heart T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Girl w/ Heart T-Shirt – Size: LARGE (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Girl w/ Heart T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Girl w/ Heart T-Shirt – Size: SMALL (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Girl w/ Heart T-Shirt – Size: YOUTH LARGE (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Owl T-Shirt – Size: DOUBLE EXTRA LARGE (Robotic Empire) $15.99
* Pageninetynine – Owl T-Shirt – Size: EXTRA LARGE (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Owl T-Shirt – Size: LARGE (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Owl T-Shirt – Size: MEDIUM (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Owl T-Shirt – Size: SMALL (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Owl T-Shirt – Size: YOUTH LARGE (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Pageninetynine – Singles 12″ (Robotic Empire) $11.99
* Pulling Teeth – Paranoid Delusions | Paradise Illusions 12″ (Deathwish) $11.99
* Punch – Nothing Lasts 7″ – BLUE COLORED VINYL (Deathwish) $4.99
* Pygmy Lush – Mount Hope 12″ (Lovitt) $14.99
* Same Sex Dictator – From Beneath You it Devours 12″ (Long Way) $9.99
* Spirit Of Versailles, The – Discography 2xCD (Init) $9.99
* Sunflare – Self-Titled Cassette (Cubic Pyramid) $6.99
* Sunflare – Young Love 12″ (Cubic Pyramid) $18.99
* Touche Amore – Parting The Sea Between Brightness and Me 12″ (Deathwish) $10.99
* Trap Them – Seizures In Barren Praise 12″ (Deathwish) $11.99

ALLLL that gravy and more is available NOW in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

AND last but most likely not least, some crazy mainstream news activity has been surrounding TILTS guitarist/vocalist (and TORCHE guitarist) Andrew Elstner’s recent run in with a rogue bat. A viral press bonanza has stemmed from a freak accident where a bat PISSED IN ANDREW’S EYE and things snowballed from there. There was a rabies scare, freaked out friends/family and subsequent emergency treatment… all detailed on MSNBC, MTV, BUZZFEED, PITCHFORK and more. This is too absurd not to share (you can’t make this kinda stuff up!)… so have at it if you’ve been under a rock:

* MSNBC Coverage
* MTV Coverage
* Buzzfeed Coverage
* Pitchfork Coverage
* Lambgoat Coverage

Also significant: TILTS‘ infectious vinyl debut dropped about a month back and has sold swiftly (we’ve got roughly 50 copies left in house). You can get this unlucky man’s gloriously catchy music direct from us:

* TILTS’ debut album in the Robotic Empire – Online Store
* TILTS on Facebook

* TORCHE items in the Robotic Empire – Online Store (including vinyl, CDs, t-shirts and hoodies)
* TORCHE on Facebook

Appropriately (since they have a bangin new album on deck and all), TORCHE is touring their faces off henceforth, so go see these professional barnburners in ze flesh:

* 4/05 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
* 4/06 – Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
* 4/07 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s
* 5/10 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
* 5/11 – Atlanta, GA @ 529
* 5/12 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
* 6/01 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend #
* 6/02 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade #
* 6/03 – Nashville, TN @ Exit @ In #
* 6/05 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory #
* 6/07 – Tempe, AZ @ Club 910 #
* 6/08 – Long Beach, CA @ Ink N Iron Festival
* 6/09 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s #
* 6/11 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven #
* 6/12 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre #
* 6/13 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rickshaw Theatre #
* 6/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge #
* 6/16 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall #
* 6/18 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird #
* 6/19 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre #
* 6/20 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop #
* 6/21 – Toronto, Ontario @ The Opera House #
* 6/22 – Montreal, Quebec @ Les Foufounes Electriques #
* 6/23 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs #
* 6/24 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Orion Music and Arts Festival
* 7/06 – Miami, FL @ 305 Fest


TILTS kickstarter – home stretch (last few days!)

We’re officially in the home stretch now with just 4 days left to go on the TILTS Kickstarter campaign!

I’ve got to be honest, my OCD is gonna have a slight conniption if we don’t reach that smooth 3k mark (we’re roughly a hundred bucks away)! Its partly an even-number thing, and its partly a “costs covered” kind of thing, as we’ll be able to pay for the vinyl pressing up front in full if we hit that 3k mark. T-shirts, hoodies and all the other cool non-music extras will be stuff we’ll still be forking out for, but the whole point of this wild project was to see if we could get this LP pressed in full through Kickstarter funding.

If you’re willing to help spread the word, even just a quick Facebook or Twitter post, maybe on another forum you post on or your blog… please know, it’d actually be genuinely appreciated. This Kickstarter campaign really would not have worked out without kind folks (and the press) spreading the word, saying kind things on their blog and elsewhere… it means so much to us at the label and the band as well. We’re all VERY excited to get the finished LPs, which are in the initial stages of production already :)

THANK YOU to everyone and anyone who’s helped contribute to this project in any way, be it pledging for the album, talking trash on a message board, just listening to and enjoying the tunes… or any other way you may have interacted with this crazy thing.

Thanks again, peace!

-Team Robo

Kickstarter alert: TILTS debut album (current TORCHE / ex-RIDDLE OF STEEL)

The times they are a’changing: Robotic Empire is trying out Kickstarter!

It’s not without good reason: we 1.) want to release the badass debut album by TILTS, but 2.) can’t afford it at the present time. Instead of racking up more debt at an already financially-skinny time, we’re testing the waters with ye olde Kickstarter.

TILTS is comprised of our old comrade Andrew Elstner (formerly of RIDDLE OF STEEL and now also currently of TORCHE) on guitar and vocals, plus three of his close friends also from St. Louis, Missouri: Shawn Hart on bass, Ken McCray on drums and Andy White on guitar.

These dudes self-recorded 12 tracks over three sessions at their home studio, then ponied up to have Richmond engineer Ian Whalen (RAH BRAHS, TOMBS, LAMB OF GOD, etc) re-mix the whole shebang.

She’s a killer album that way more people need to hear, so we’re attempting to both raise awareness of the band as well as drum up the two grand needed to have it all properly mastered and pressed on vinyl + digital download.

Hopefully that’s where you come in, as we’ve set up six different “pledge” options for this thing ranging from $5 to $666. Pretty much every one involves getting the album, and we’ve trying to keep it interesting as this is basically set up as an elaborate “pre-order”. Long story short, we’ve tried to use the better parts of Kickstarter’s setup to make this exciting for anyone who decides to check it out.

So yeah, please check it out:

* TILTS – debut album at Kickstarter

We’ve got it set up to run for two months since the holidays could throw things off a bit, but ideally we can raise 2grand for this thing and get this badass album released pronto. If this works out, we’ve got some other cool ideas for future projects to run through Kickstarter.

This TILTS album is catchy as hell but generally unheard, so we’re excited to spread the word about one of our in-house favorite bands. We’ve seriously jammed this thing in repeat for the better part of a year and are glad to finally get this crazytrain in motion!

For a lot more information and to preview additional tracks in full (the video above is just a medley) please check out the Kickstarter page.

Also, thanks for reading/humoring this… bring it!!

* TILTS – debut album at Kickstarter

* TILTS on Facebook

p.s. if you like this on any level, please spread the word! We need as many people as possible to check out TILTS!!