PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — From the home of Yuengling in Pottsville, PA comes another export steeped in tradition.
They don’t have the legacy or history of the beer simply known as “lager”, but they have a sound that’s built on the backs of the fuzzed-out guitar-grinding rockers that came before them.
“We definitely wear our influences on our sleeves” explains lead singer Brandon Yeagley. “We get Sabbath meets Soundgarden a lot.”
The 70’s swagger and ferocious guitars of Crobot, fused with the howling pipes of Yeagley has made the band a can’t-miss show as they relentlessly tour the country. Their latest local stop was a blistering set at the Rock Allegiance festival in Chester, PA.
We had a chance to talk with Brandon Yeagley about their sophomore album Welcome To Fat City which is released on Friday September 23rd, and hailing from the land of Yuengling.
You guys have a new album coming out on Friday.
“Yeah, super stoked. Welcome To Fat City’s hitting the shelves.”
How’s it feel in the days leading up to it?
“It feels great. We’re really excited about this next record. It’s a lot more of the Crobot sound. It’s funkier, it’s heavier, it’s darker. We’re really excited to see how the reception is.”
You’re always touring, and I think that’s part of the reason Crobot has become what they are – this reputation for this great live show and always being around and on the road.
“It’s what we do best. You boil us down and that’s what the primordial sludge is of Crobot. We’re a live band, and that’s our bread and butter.”
Tell me what it’s like to be a band from Pottsville and how you come out of that.
“Being so close to Philly, New York, Baltimore, Washington D.C. – it was really easy for us to just get in the van and try to play as many shows as we could, wherever we could – and Philly definitely being one of those places. Being so close to everything I think it was a little easier for us to just kind of branch out and really set roots in some other areas. I think that’s really what helped us out.”
Do they allow you do drink anything other than Yuengling in Pottsville?
“You have to put tape over any other logo. It’s sacrilegious for sure.”
“It’s a huge thing for Pottsville and they’re definitely proud of Yuengling. I know I’ve been raised on lager.”
To hear more from Crobot lead singer Brandon Yeagley, listen to the full interview below. Their latest album Welcome To Fat City is out Friday September 23rd.