The Bots‘ members are brothers and bandmates whose playful, catchy songs rock hard. Singer-guitarist Mikaiah Lei is 21 and drummer Anaiah Lei is 17; they made their first album when they were 15 and 12, respectively. Pink Palms is their newest and best.
I hear Jimi Hendrix in The Bots’ bluesy moments, both in the guitar and in Mikaiah Lei’s voice, but there’s also that great rock-duo punch we’ve heard in The White Stripes or JEFF The Brotherhood. Still, unexpected sweetness surfaces here, in a way that provides a fine counterpoint to The Bots’ frenetic moments. Watch and you’ll see what I mean.
- “All Of Them (Wide Awake)”
- “All I Really Want”
Producers: Bob Boilen, Maggie Starbard; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Colin Marshall, Maggie Starbard; Assistant Producer: Susan Hale Thomas; photo by Susan Hale Thomas/NPR