Ima Robot

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Ima Robot
Origin Los Angeles, California, USA
Genres Dance rock, art rock, power pop, psychedelic rock
Years active 1998–present[1]
Labels Virgin/EMI Records
Werewolf Heart Records
Associated acts Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
The Lucky 13
Members Alex "Edward Sharpe" Ebert (Lead vocals)
Timmy "the Terror" Anderson (Guitar)
Filip "Turbotito" Nikolic (Bass guitar)
Jason "ComputerJay" Taylor (Keyboards)
Jonas Petri Megyessi (Guitar, percussion)
Orpheo McCord (Drums)

Ima Robot is a band based in Los Angeles, California that formed in the late 1990s. Their B-side track, "Greenback Boogie", is the theme song for USA Network's legal drama TV series Suits.

History[edit]

Formation (2000s)[edit]

Following vocalist Alex Ebert's previous band's (The Lucky 13) breakup, Ima Robot formed in the late 1990s. In the early 2000s, the band signed with Virgin Records.

The band's other original members were Timmy "The Terror" Anderson, Oliver "Oligee" Goldstein, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, and studio drummer Joey Waronker. Meldal-Johnsen and Waronker were sought-after musicians who had played with Beck before joining Ima Robot.

Ima Robot (2003)[edit]

On September 6, 2003, Ima Robot released their first full-length album, the self-titled Ima Robot. The album featured the singles "Dynomite" and "Song #1" (released in the UK only), and the band supported their album by touring with artists such as Hot Hot Heat, The Von Bondies, Hoobastank, The Sounds, amongst others.

Departure of Goldstein, Waronker, and Meldal-Johnsen (2004–2005)[edit]

In 2004, Waronker and "Oligee" left the band. Meldal-Johnsen followed in 2005, with former Oleander drummer Scott Devours. Tim Anderson's cousin, whom he had never met before Devours, auditioned and took over the drums. Filip Nikolic took over the bass and Andy Marlow started playing the keyboards.

Monument to the Masses (2006)[edit]

On September 12, 2006, they released their second album Monument to the Masses, which featured the singles "Creeps Me Out" and "Lovers in Captivity".

Independence from Virgin Records (2007)[edit]

In April 2007, the band won their independence from Virgin Records and continued to work unsigned under the management of Alexis Rivera of Echo Park Records. The song "Gangster" premiered on the band's MySpace on April 15, 2008, with its lyrics posted in a blog entry by the band.[2] In 2010 the band announced the upcoming release of their new album, Another Man's Treasure, and released the song "Ruthless" on the Internet.

Ebert remained frustrated with Virgin, saying in a 2016 interview with Transverso Media that, "pretty unironically I ended up feeling like a robot by the end of the process because of the major label thing."[3] During that period, they were being represented by the Werewolf Heart label.[4]

2008 - Present[edit]

In June 2008, Lars Vognstrup joined the group, having previously played with Nikolic in the band Junior Senior.

In 2009, Orpheo McCord (of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and of Fool's Gold), Jason "ComputerJay" Taylor, and Jonas Petri Megyessi joined the band.

On January 6, 2011, the band played six songs live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. This was the first time since Monument to the Masses tours that the new band lineup had played live.

Ima Robot's B-side "Greenback Boogie" from the album Another Man's Treasure has been featured as the theme song of the USA Network legal drama , Suits, since 2011.

Band members[edit]

Current[edit]

Past[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • "Very Not OK, Underdogs, Drowse" (Demo CD) (1999)
  • "Black Jettas" (LP) (June 19, 2003)
  • Public Access EP (CD/LP) (June 20, 2003)
  • Song #1 (EP) – (March 22, 2004)
  • Alive (EP) – (2004) – Radio Only
  • Search And Destroy (EP) (2006) – Sold only at shows originally, but now comes free with purchase of Another Man's Treasure from their website

Singles[edit]

  • "Dynomite" (Maxi Single) (CD/LP) (September, 2003)
  • "Creeps Me Out" (June 13, 2006) – Digital Only
  • "Gangster" (April 15, 2008[5]) – Digital Only
  • "Ruthless" (June, 2010[6]) – Digital Only

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