Tuesday, August 13, 2019

“We all belong to one race: the human race,” says LANDROID’s Cooper Gillespie about message of desert-based duo’s new single.

“So Say We All” expands on percussion heavy “otherworldly melodics” that land somewhere “between Pink Floyd and Beach House.”


LANDROID (L-R): Cooper Gillespie, Greg Gordon. Photo credit: LANDROID.


LANDROID | In The Press

“A kaleidoscope of sound. It meshes an array of styles from the ethereal to shoegaze... heavy rhythms with percussive power... takes the best parts of all those elements for something... astounding.” — Ghettoblaster Magazine

 ‘So Say We All’ was written in reaction to the current political climate where immigrants are demonized. The message is that there is no such thing as race; we all belong to one race: the human race.” — Cooper Gillespie, LANDROID


Check out the video premiere of “Yellow Sea” by LANDROID over at MXDWN or the link below!

“It’s easy to imagine ‘Yellow Sea’ being performed during a dreamlike lounge scene in, say, Twin Peaks or Mulholland Drive.” — Jordan Blum, PopMatters.

Grimy Goods says, “Between Gillespie’s haunting croons, which puncture in sublime fashion through the melancholy and wonder of the film — which finds a young girl, ignored by her parents, slipping through her sandbox into a dimension where her red dragon and rabbit puppets come to life — and Gordon’s otherworldly melodics, LANDROID split-the-difference somewhere between Pink Floyd and Beach House.”


Imperial Dunes
Sept. 13th, 2019
(Mojave Beach Records)

Track Listing:

01. So Say We All (STREAM | MP3)
02. Yellow Sea (STREAM | MP3 | VIDEO)
03. Don’t Be Cruel
04. Closing Doors
05. Ça Plane Pour Moi
06. Wishbone Machine
07. Automatic
08. A Cloud Goes By
09. Set On Fire



09/20/2019: Landers, CA @ Landers Brew Co
10/22/2019: Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge (TIX)
10/26/2019: Twentynine Palms, CA @ The Palms



Cooper Gillespie (vocals, guitar, bass) and Greg Gordon (drums, sequences) of LANDROID are veteran performers that have traveled the world as professional musicians. Now they live in the California town of Landers. Population: 2,632.

The music that Gillespie and Gordon are making as LANDROID, so named as a reference to their new home, is as vast as the environment in which it was created. Following years of playing variations on the Los Angeles-based punk and rock hybrid, Gillespie and Gordon settled in a desert land and became a desert band. The duo’s debut album Imperial Dunes arrives on Sept. 13th via their own Mojave Beach Records label.

“They are the largest mass of sand dunes in California,” Gillespie says of the actual Imperial Dunes, another real-life location that contributed to the name game. Turns out the “DROID” in LANDROID has a connection, too: “In Return of the Jedi, the Imperial Sand Dunes are the location of Jabba’s Palace,” Gillespie adds.

This bit of connect-the-dots finds its way back to the deeper substance that makes LANDROID’s songs stick. Giant production makes Gordon’s thudding kick drum sound as huge as the nearby Giant Rock Vortex, where it is believed that Earth’s magnetic energy lines intersect.

“They say it channels psychic energy,” Gordon says. “We know it sounds hippie-dippy, but we swear we can feel it.” Believe the mystical hype or not, Gordon’s drum sounds arrive from another planet.

“The dunes feel like an appropriate metaphor for life,” Gillespie observes, grounding her lyrical themes. “Nature is the ultimate power and just as the dunes change day-to-day, everything in life is constantly changing. We like to think we are in control, but nature reclaims us.”

LANDROID’s “Recommended If You Like” is more like a “Recommended If You’ve Lived.” It’s a list of inspirations and influences that read like whole lifestyles unto themselves.

Imperial Dunes sounds just like ‘em:

David Lynch, David Bowie, outer space, X, Cocteau Twins, William Blake, Blade Runner, Led Zeppelin, Buddy Rich, scuba diving, Portishead, Pink Floyd, Angela Carter, the ocean.

The album’s first single and music video “Yellow Sea,” proves the concept. Lush, but not lost in itself, the song is otherworldly and familiar at the same time.

“Yellow Sea” is a meditation on the hereafter,” Gillespie states.

Imperial Dunes by LANDROID arrives on Sept. 13th, 2019, preceded by the single and video “Yellow Sea,” out now. LANDROID is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.




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