"It will be a proper rock 'n' roll album," Mikaiah Lei said of the album he and his brother, Anaiah, were prepping.
It was April and the Glendale brothers, who perform as the Bots, were at a Hollywood studio cutting tracks for their Fader label debut, "Pink Palms," and prepping for a crucial gig: a slot at Coachella.
Before Coachella, the skate punk outfit had already played some of the biggest festivals in the world including the Warped Tour, Glastonbury, South by Southwest and CMJ.
Since forming in 2006 -- Anaiah was in the fifth grade -- they have issued an album (they were just 15 and 12 at the time) and three EPs, opened for Bad Brains, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Tenacious D, and had Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz namedrop them as one of his favorites.
On "Pink Palms," the Bots recorded demos with Albarn and tapped Justin Warfield and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for production. The album is a mash of frenetic garage rock and lush indie rock, but mostly the sibling band hopes the album makes listeners look at them a bit differently from their younger punk days.
"For a while people would just categorize us into a certain genre. They'd say we're just punk-blues or a punk-rock band," Anaiah said. "We may play punk, but we are a rock band. It's definitely going to change the way people assume."
Before it’s release on Tuesday, Pop & Hiss has the first listen of “Pink Palms.”
The Bots are scheduled to stop at Amoeba Records on Thursday for an in-store performance. Their fall tour will include a gig at the Bootleg on Nov. 22.