New (and Old) Shirts Are Here!


Awwww yeah. Here’s some cool news for you! For some reason, I got selected to be a part of this cool new Amazon Merch program. Right now it’s just for t-shirts, but hey, what perfect timing. It’s getting hotter than a mothereffer in here (and out there).

There are some weird ins-and-outs about the program, but because of it, the way I’m going to roll out shirts is going to be a little different. It actually might make it better anyway this way, but whatever. Continue reading “New (and Old) Shirts Are Here!”

The Making of the Best Song Ever, “Eff It”

Robby Talks About "Eff It"
Should I have made this a Random Blog Post? I don’t know. To me, this song is so awesome that it deserves many essays written about it for years to come.

“Eff It” began its life in 2013. I’ll admit it now that the guitar riffs were inspired by Wayne Static’s “Assassins of Youth” and maybe a bit of Marilyn Manson’s “No Reflection” too. I think I was learning how to play “Assassins of Youth” at the time. And then a few days later I was working on some original material, and that style of playing was still stuck in my hands or something.

So the riff was first. It’s not especially complex, but it’s a tad out of my usual style. I played it and played it until I could make up words on the fly while strumming the power chords. And that’s when it happened… Continue reading “The Making of the Best Song Ever, “Eff It””

Jam Session #12

Jam Sessions
It’s time for another Jam Session! This one is a little different from the usual.  It might even be less interesting to listen to, but I’ll give you some context behind it. This is a relatively straightforward, gross sounding, synthy section of a song I’m working on. The possibly-interesting tidbit to this is that most of my songs actually start out this way. A musical riff may start out as something I’m hammering out on guitar, but if I feel like it’s going to be easier to simply work it out in MIDI notes, I’ll do that.

So that’s what this is. What musical notes are here are sort of a wimpy version of what I worked out on guitar before. Rather than take the time to record a rough guitar track (which I sometimes do), I laid the musical ideas in MIDI instead. When the song is done, there will certainly be more notes, more than likely performed on a guitar.  Right now, the song is clocking in at about 2:30, which is good: I’m shooting for shorter songs. Earlier this week, I began putting lyrics to the music, and they’re a little ridiculous, in a good way. So ridiculous in fact that I might tone it down a little bit so it’s not so silly.

Anyway, so yeah, here’s a little taste of something I’m working on. If the final song turns out well, maybe it’ll be cool to listen to this little bit of it to see how it progressed.

Reflecting on “Kill the Buffalo”


My latest song “Kill the Buffalo” has been available in audio format for 2 weeks now. Maybe that isn’t time to reminisce already, but it should be enough time to make some observations.

Almost everybody that I think listened to it said they liked it. That’s awesome. It could just be my imagination, but it seems like my audience has changed a bit over the last year. If anything it has grown, but it’s different.  It concerns me a little, but I’ll roll with it.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that it’s getting next to no plays on streaming services. Decent hits come up on “Pretty Little Ditty,” “XXX 666,” and “Everyone I Know Is an Alcoholic,” but yeah, nothing on “Kill the Buffalo.” Why? I have no effing idea. I mean, it’s easily as good, if not better, than all these other apparently more liked songs in my catalog. Interesting.

Maybe when the music video comes out, it’ll get more traction. Or maybe when it’s bundled along with my next album, it’ll be appreciated a little more. I don’t know. It doesn’t matter. I like it.

Next week, there will probably be a new Jam Session. Be ready.

Kill the Buffalo Single Releasing Soon!


Awwww yeah. That’s right. My new song “Kill the Buffalo” is ready to be heard! If you like your songs heavy, about specific clothing patterns, shortish, and a tad strange, “Kill the Buffalo” is for you!

Creating this song has been quite the experience for me. My goal with these upcoming songs is to pay more attention to certain aspects and less attention to other aspects compared to my older songs. I’ll get into all that stuff in a later post.

Oh, you wanted to know when you’ll be able to listen to “Kill the Buffalo?” Sure, I’ll tell you. The release date is April 28th, 2017. Hey, that’s less than 4 weeks away! Can you believe it?! And if all goes as planned, there will be an accompanying video to go along with it. Then…maybe a full-length album will be imminent…

Fun times. Let’s do this crap.

Random Blog Post #15

Random Blog Post
Hey, I haven’t posted in a while. “Kill the Buffalo” is very close to being done. I’m trying to get it sound really good, namely the drums and guitars. Previously I had mentioned (I think) that I recorded a bunch of guitar tracks. Normally that means the guitars sound big and awesome. But when you use the same guitar with the same amp and effects, it may sound big, not maybe not so awesome. So I’m going to re-record the guitar a few more times with different guitars and/or effects, so that it will sound big and awesome.

What else am I doing? I don’t know. Hm. I did sift through all the musical projects I’ve started in the last couple of years to see what I have to work with. There are probably 20 good-sounding songs that are basically done except for the vocals. So my plan is to listen to the songs, get inspired, and throw vocals on them. That makes it sound less well-thought-out than it actually will be, but that’s what it’ll amount to in a sense.

So yeah, that’s what’s going on. “Kill the Buffalo” will be out when it’s ready. And then my next album will be out…later this year…maybe?

Jam Session #11

Jam Sessions
Listen to my new drums! I made a short drum loop and played some guitar over it. A new guitar-recording tactic was put into place, and this is the end result.

Part of me would love to make more music like this. Like, more metal or whatever. If I could figure out how to vocalize over it, I would definitely do it more. The drums aren’t perfect either, but they sound more…authentically metal, probably. This is 3 minutes of mostly the same riff, but there’s a couple other parts in there too somewhere. What do you think of it?

The Making of “Kill the Buffalo”


Today I am going to talk about what went into creating my newest masterpiece, “Kill the Buffalo.” I’m super excited about it. Sometime last year, I began to notice people at work wearing lumberjack-style shirts. Affectionately called Buffalo Plaid, the design of these now-trendy shirts irked me. Why are all these people wearing such a stereotypically Canadian lumberjack pattern? I mean, it’s not an exceptionally good looking design. I don’t know, but they still do it, and that’s why I’m making a song about it. Continue reading “The Making of “Kill the Buffalo””

Jam Session #10

Jam Sessions
Well, well, well, Jam Session #10. It’s fitting to celebrate this milestone with a taste of an effing awesome song early in development. As always with these, the sound quality isn’t the best. More often than not, it’s recorded in an open-air environment with the Music Memos iOS app. I did add a little EQ and such to the beginning to make the rest of the song stand out more, and I overlapped the drum track over the live recording so you could hear them better. But it’s essentially a live recording. It’s difficult to tell probably, but I’m using new drum samples. Very metal.

I do have an idea of what I want this song to become, like lyrically and conceptually, but I’m not sure yet. All I know is that when that riff starts at about 9 seconds in…I’m feeling it! It’s nothing groundbreaking obviously, but it’s a style or feeling that I don’t think I’ve explored as much as I’ve wanted. Then the verses turn into a jackhammering type thing, which I’m excited to figure out how to vocalize over. I need to find some words that rhyme with “plaid.” Bad, mad, sad, fad…hm…

Anyway, what do you think?