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THOU – Baton Rouge 12″ upgraded repress, new t-shirts and distro items

We’re finally surfacing from the FLOOD of orders that came in surrounding FLOOR‘s Self-Titled + Outtakes reissue 12″+7″ and subsequent Online Store relaunch+sale we dropped a month or so ago. The response was cray and we thank all who participated.

Thou BR spreadBack into it with a busy Spring and Summer on deck for Team Robo, we’re happy to announce that THOU‘s landmark Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For 12″ EP is now available once again, right in time for their surge of touring and new release activity. This time around we bumped up the OCD quality-control a bit to be in line with THOU‘s forthcoming output, and heavyweight tip-on style jackets now house 180 GRAM vinyl. So it weren’t already apparent, this bish is heavy!

* That’s available now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

Some fantastic new material from THOU will also become available in the coming weeks and months – more announcement soon.

Hollow Robo shirt spreadBeyond that, Robo’s also stocked up on some killer new threads, – a new HOLLOW SUNSHINE shirt courtesy of mastermind/Rainbath Visualist Reuben Sawyer – and a new Robotic Empire label shirt from our mailorder beast Chris B.

* Both shirts are available now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

There’s also some great new additions to the disto and also some crucial restocks – here jah go!

* Alpha Owl – 3-Song EP Cassette (Tor Johnson) $4.99
* Carne – Ville Morgue 12″ (Solar Flare) $14.99
* Celeste – Animales(s) – 180 Gram BLACK VINYL 2×12″ (Denovali) $31.99
* Floex – Gone 10″ (Denovali) $21.99
* Heathen Reign – Self-Titled – PURPLE COLORED VINYL 12″ (Heathen Reign) $14.99
* Helms Alee – Weatherhead Cassette (Hydra Head) $4.99
* Hollow Sunshine – Scale – Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Hollow Sunshine – Scale – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Hollow Sunshine – Scale – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Hollow Sunshine – Scale – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Prurient – Times Arrow Cassette (Hydra Head) $4.99
* Pyramids / Horseback – A Throne Without A King Cassette (Hydra Head) $4.99
* Red Fang – Whales and Leeches 12″ (Relapse) $9.99
* Robotic Empire – Snake – Size: EXTRA LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Robotic Empire – Snake – Size: LARGE T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Robotic Empire – Snake – Size: MEDIUM T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Robotic Empire – Snake – Size: SMALL T-Shirt (Robotic Empire) $14.99
* Stuntman – Incorporate The ..Excess – CONFETTI COLORED VINYL 12″ (Solar Flare) $14.99
* Windhand – Soma – 180 GRAM WHITE PURPLE SWIRL COLORED VINYL 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99

* Baroness – Blue 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Baroness – Red Album 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Cough – Ritual Abuse 2×12″ – BLUE COLORED VINYL (Relapse) $19.99
* Cough / Windhand – Reflection of the Negative 12″ – BLACK GREY SWIRL COLORED VINYL (Relapse) $12.99
* Huata – Atavist Of Mann 2×12″ – RED COLORED VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Inter Arma – Sky Burial 2×12″ (Relapse) $19.99
* Kongh – Counting Heartbeats 2×12″ – CLEAR COLORD VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Kongh – Counting Heartbeats 2×12″ – PINK COLORED VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Pygmy Lush – Cold World / Guilt 7″ – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Lovitt) $4.99
* Pygmy Lush – Old Friends 12″ (Lovitt) $12.99
* Thou – Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For 12″ – 180 Gram Black Vinyl $14.99
* Year Of No Light – Ausserwelt 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Year Of No Light – Nord 2×12″ – WHITE COLORED VINYL (Music Fear Satan) $19.99
* Year Of No Light – Vampry 2×12″ (Music Fear Satan) $19.99



HOLLOW SUNSHINE album out today, video premiere on Noisey/Vice, iTunes coverage and mo’

We are thrilled to announce that the debut album by HOLLOW SUNSHINE is out today! Available on vinyl through the Robotic Empire – Online Store and digitally through iTunes or Bandcamp, Held Above contains 9 tracks of blissed out doom/pop/garage glory.

Also premiering today is the band’s first official music video, for the album track “Here For Now”. This just dropped via Noisey / Vice, who called it “handheld and woozily out of focus – like the world is whizzing by when you’re just the right side of tipsy… It’s pure 90s and it makes us wanna dig out that dusty Big Muff and turn everything up loud.” Believe dat!

On the digital download tip, iTunes was kind enough to feature the album cover on their Main storefront page, Music landing page, and Alternative genre page. Too cool! Here’s a little screengrab of HOLLOW SUNSHINE chillin below their girl Lady Gaga:

Main Storefront - tile graphicHeld Above is officially out today, and we’re so stoked on how this mamma jamm turned out.


Grab vinyl here: https://www.roboticempire.com/store/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&keyword=Hollow+Sunshine

Digital available here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/held-above/id730703881

and/or here: http://roboticempire.bandcamp.com/album/hollow-sunshine-held-above

HOLLOW SUNSHINE vinyl in! +THOU cassette represses and heavy distro items

We’re massively stoked to announce that the debut longplayer by HOLLOW SUNSHINE, Held Above, is now available and Pitchfork has dropped the title track song premier, proclaiming it “a sublime slice of downer pop”.

For the uninitiated, HOLLOW SUNSHINE are a California duo who combine deep tuning with pop undertones and a garage din, crafting a unique combination of warmly familiar elements. The hypnotic swirl of lush vocals hovering over downtuned riffs and steady rhythms yield a mesmerizing listening experience.

Held Above exists within a delicate balance between blown out sludge, narcotic drone and pop sensibilities. Yet this contrast between heaviness and catchiness, with melodic vocals providing a calm and consistent drift throughout, sets HOLLOW SUNSHINE well apart from contemporaries.

The nine tracks of Held Above were self-recorded by the band, vocalist Morgan Enos and guitarist / songwriter Reuben Sawyer, then mastered by James Plotkin, aiming for a soothing “lo” fidelity with clarity kept in mind. This album should appeal to varied fans of everything from TORCHE and JESU to BUILT TO SPILL and SMASHING PUMPKINS.

A visual artist renowned for his work via Rainbath Visual (CHELSEA WOLFE, DEAFHEAVEN, DESTRUCTION UNIT etc etc), Sawyer also conceived the stark imagery for the cover, which is screen-printed on complimentary colored paper by Broken Press. 700 copies of HOLLOW SUNSHINE‘s debut LP were made in the first pressing:

* 100 pink (includes a bonus back-patch)
* 200 white
* 400 black

With a high-quality digital download included, Held Above can now be ordered from the following locations:

* Vinyl w/download available now from Robotic Empire or Revolver, Interpunk and more.

* Digital pre-orders are now live at iTunes or Bandcamp, Amazon and more (available digitally on November 12th).

We’re also happy to report that the two long-playing THOU “EP”s released by Robotic Empire, Baton Rouge, You Have Much to Answer For and The Archer & The Owle, have both been repressed on cassette.

Both releases have been repressed on white cassettes, 200 of each this time around. Same oppressively burly jams, both of which can be found in full on our Bandcamp page.

* These two THOU tapes and far more (shirts, vinyl, CDs, etc) are available now in the Robotic Empire – Online Store

In addition to the influx of Robo label releases, we’ve got a powerhouse update of other new items and restocks in the Robotic Empire – Online Store, with exclusively heavy hitters from the likes of THE BODY, BORIS, EYEHATEGOD, OOZING WOUND, PIGS, RAMLORD, SLEEP, TITAN, a Tor Johnson Records DVD, WRECKMEISTER HARMONIES and the almighty YOB:

* Body, The – Christs, Redeemers 2×12″ (Thrill Jockey) $16.99
* Boris – Smile 2×12” – CLEAR COLORED VINYL (Southern Lord) $21.99
* Eyehategod – Dopesick 2×12” – WHITE COVER VERSION VINYL (Emetic) $19.99
* Eyehategod – Take As Needed For Pain 2×12” (Emetic) $19.99
* Hollow Sunshine – Held Above 12″ – BLACK VINYL $14.99
* Hollow Sunshine – Held Above 12″ – PINK COLORED VINYL w/ BACKPATCH $14.99
* Hollow Sunshine – Held Above 12″ – WHITE VINYL $14.99
* Oozing Wound – Retrash 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $14.99
* Pigs – Gaffe 10″ – BLACK VINYL (Solar Flare) $13.99
* Pigs – Gaffe 10″ – RED COLORED VINYL (Solar Flare) $13.99
* Ramlord – Crippled Minds, Sundered Wisdom 12″ (Hypaethral) $16.99
* Sleep – Dopesmoker 2×12″ – PURPLE COLORED VINYL (Southern Lord) $19.99
* Thou – Baton Rouge, You Have Much To Answer For Cassette (Robotic Empire) $5.99
* Thou – The Archer And The Owle Cassette (Robotic Empire) $5.99
* Titan – Warmer Months 12″ – YELLOW COLORED LIMITED EDITION VINYL (Hypaethral) $16.99
* Tor Johnson – The Ten Years War DVD (Tor Johnson) $4.99
* Wrekmeister Harmonies – You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me 12″ (Thrill Jockey) $14.99
* Yob – The Illusion Of Motion 12″ – 180 GRAM BLACK VINYL (Metal Blade) $24.99
* Yob – The Unreal Never Lived 2×12″ – 180 GRAM BLACK VINYL (Metal Blade) $24.99

Yeah yeah!

-Team Robo


Hollow Sunshine debut album to be released by Robotic Empire

Hollow Sunshine Promo PhotoRobotic Empire is proud to present Hollow Sunshine‘s debut LP, titled Held Above, set for a November 12th release date worldwide.

Hollow Sunshine is a California-based duo consisting of Reuben Sawyer (instrumentation) and Morgan Enos (vocals). Blending massive downtuned riffs with a pop aesthetic, Held Above yields a familiar yet all together unique listening experience

The contrast between heaviness and catchiness (with melodic vocals providing a calm, consistent drift throughout) makes Hollow Sunshine stand out starkly from contemporaries. Blurring the line between pummelling doom and soaring pop, Held Above expands upon ideas forged on initial EPs released by Vendetta and Bridgetown Records, but with new found clarity to composition and production.

A visual artist by trade, Sawyer is also known for his intricate artwork through Rainbath Visual, utilized by a variety of bands such as Chelsea Wolfe, Deafheaven, Inter Arma, Thou and Wolves in the Throne Room. His minimalist imagery for Held Above juxtaposes the rich sonic textures found within the 9-track album.

Held Above is Hollow Sunshine‘s strongest work to date, and will be available on vinyl and digitally via Robotic Empire on November 12th. Audio, video and further details will become available shortly, and for now a teaser trailer can be viewed here: