No it’s not footage from a Daft Punk rehearsal session – you’re looking at the real deal: an actual robot band. Meet Compressorhead, a trio of mechanised German rockers who give new meaning to the term heavy metal.
The line-up features guitarist Fingers (so-called because he has 78 of them), bassist Bones (“the highest precision bass player in known existence”), and a four-armed drummer called Stickboy. And they can really play. Here’s their version of Motorhead’s ‘Ace Of Spades’. It’s quite breathtaking.
And here they are playing ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’.
Another major plus point is that, unlike most robots, they’re not total dicks. The language on their website – the work of flesh-and-blood manager Ken West – positions them as lairy hellraisers in the mould of Futurama‘s Bender, referring to humans as “meatbags”. It’s funny. Compare and contrast with these breakdancing berks who appeared on America’s Got Talent – who wants a robot JLS?. Then there’s these guys, who conjure a dystopian future where mankind is enslaved by parping brass bands.
Compressorhead will be joining the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers at Australia’s Big Day Out festival this month – Stickboy actually performed there in 2008, but this time the full band will be tow – and promise to “deliver a live performance experience like no other act in history”. They will be covering rock anthems by The Clash, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin and Rage Against The Machine, among others (what, no ‘We Are The Robots’?). I, for one, welcome our new heavy metal robot overlords.