Impressive Roots/Americana newcomers Hickory Robot host a release party for their debut album, the 13-track work Firefly, Friday at Stanley’s Pub. The band is joined by Jimmy King and the Rubber Knife Gang for the 9:30 p.m. show.
Firefly would be a stunning release by a veteran band; the fact that Hickory Robot is such a new group (though members have veteran experience) makes it all the more astounding. There’s a remarkable diversity in the four-piece’s repertoire, thanks at least in part to the members’ multi-instrumentalist skills (fiddle, bass, guitar and mandolin are the core tools, but they also color with everything from banjo to cello to washboard).
While there’s a strong traditional anchor to the band’s sound, the singular songwriting talents on display (three of the four members wrote songs for the album) give it a contemporary element and help the band standout from its peers.
Solid writing, impeccable musicianship and “secret weapon” Lauren Schloemer (whose fiddle and vocals provide many highlights) make Hickory Robot one of the best new bands in the local music scene.
(Get show and venue details here.)