Ever since Fritz Lang’s sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis debuted in 1927, there has been fear of the robotic. Of course some might even say that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein played with that fear. Bringing life to the lifeless, although obviously in that case it was with human parts. From Asimov’s I, Robot to 1980’s The Terminator. We have seen numerous examples of the fear of robots in popular culture. But what we’ve failed to see until fairly recently is robotic rock…such as with Compressorhead!
Begun in 2007, Compressorhead is the brainchild of Frank Barnes, an artist from Berlin. Along with Stock Plum and Markus Kolb, they’ve crafted a truly heavy metal band. Using recycled parts to construct the robot band members that play on actual electric and acoustic instruments. Starting with Stickboy, Fingers, Bones, and Junior – the band was finally put together by 2012. Compressorhead had it’s first live concert in 2013 at the Australian Big Day Out festival. Covering the likes of the Ramones, Motorhead, and AC/DC!
[Via] Sergey Kanatyev
I think it is time for you to meet the members of the band. First up we have Stickboy, the drummer. Possessing four arms and two legs, it is helped by Junior, to manage that hi-hat cymbal.
Then there is Fingers, playing lead guitar. His two hands are indeed better than ours since it has 78 fingers to play sweet, sweet music!
Bones acts as the bassist for Compressorhead. Besides it’s two hands with four individual fingers it certainly gets around. Thanks to Bones’ platform that happens to be attached to caterpillar tracks!
Now you might be thinking, that is definitely awesome to see Compressorhead covering such awesome bands. But…doesn’t it feel like something is missing? To truly move an audience of meatbags, er, I mean Humans. One needs a singer, right? Thankfully that is why Mega-Wattson came into being, voiced by John Wright of The Hanson Brothers and Nomeansno.
In addition they added a female robot to the group, a second guitarist named Hellga Tarr! Who besides shredding during numbers provides backing vocals.
All right, meatbags. Enough talking as it’s time to bow down before the robotic rock of Compressorhead!
Did I fail to mention you can totally buy the band’s first album?
If you like Compressorhead you can hop on over to Bandcamp and pick up Party Machine today!