‘Bout a year ago I reviewed a lackluster show from a touring band in RADAR. Fright Eye and Hank Robot warmed up. They both blew the lid off the joint. I referred to Hank’s set as “a bad nightmare in human musical form”, and it’s still true today.
Hank Robot of course is Kim Kix of Powersolo. If you are new to Aarhus you need to do your homework and go catch a concert. They are dirty, nasty desperate men, hell bent on destruction. They kind of breach a gap between psychobilly, punk, surf, garage and trashy French pop. Hank Robot is not by a long-shot the only band Kim Kix has aside from Powersolo, but it’s my favorite and I’m sticking to it.
‘Robot has been teasing an album for a few months now – he’s been getting drunk and laying down tracks. He’s been sleeping on stairs, he’s that unwelcome house guest or that uncle you had who gave you your first cigarette, a sip of beer and an Iggy Pop tape. You dig him. You get him
After recruiting Anders Birkekær from Drön and Per Silkjær of Fossils, Hank and his juiced up crew headed into the studio and “recorded 12 punk songs – the first of which is “Homba” – which according to Robot: “it’s a true story”. It’s a frenetic old school hardcore punk song, not too far away from vintage Dead Kennedys and Dead Milkmen – the good old shit.
If “Homba” is any indication of what’s to come – I’m stoked. What a fucking slice of authentic trash this is. The whole world is looking at Aarhus for ‘punk’ music – we might as well keep dishing it up with Hank Robot to shit it out to the masses with his new band: The Ethnics.