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“Although EL Robo itself is a relatively new band, its members are longtime friends and veterans of the Riverside music scene. Drummer Phil Small, singer and guitarist Ryan Moore and turntablist Mando Davis have been playing together for years. “This is the third different band we’ve been in together,” Small said. The trio performed together in Decibel Project and Barstow and added longtime friend Demetri Wyman on the bass. EL Robo has been gaining steam and will play in Big Bear Lake on Saturday, April 6, for X103.9 FM’s X Day on Bear Mountain. “Most of our songs are about skateboarding, surfing, stuff we liked as kids,” Moore said. The band’s name even comes from stealing 1980s skateboard graphics, Moore said. EL Robo’s sound has changed from the band’s inception. “We were playing a lot of dub and reggae,” Small said. But the members were burned out on what was going on in the scene. “It’s hard to stake your claim in that style,” Small said.”
“San Bernardino-based radio station X103.9 is bringing back its Localpalooza competition this year. The local battle of the bands has a big-time prize–an opening slot at the station’s Merry Meltdown concert Dec. 14 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario with Korn, Stone Temple Pilots, Sick Puppies and more. I was a judge for last year’s event, which Dose of Adolescence won, and I’ll be back as a judge for this year’s, too. This time, the event takes place at M15 in Corona on Saturday, Nov. 2. The station just announced the bands who will be competing for a spot and among the 12 finalists 2012 contestants are As You Were and Assuming We Survive. Assuming We Survive, As You Were, El Robo, Late Night Revival, On Being Human, Pandemic Unleashed, Slivir, Slowfall, Star Off Machine, T4P, The Action Potential, The Rebel Noise Five of the bands hail from Riverside and four are from Rancho Cucamonga. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door for Localpalooza”
“RIVERSIDE: El Robo celebrates record label debut June 11, 2013 by Vanessa Franko El Robo, formerly known as The Robbery, will be having a show to celebrate its record label 211 Records on Saturday, June 15. The event will be at Pixels Bar in Riverside and is free. The name change happened because there’s an East Coast-based band using the name The Robbery and they already had music on iTunes. El Robo means The Robbery in Spanish and the members had been calling it that themselves internally. Here’s an interview I did with El Robo, when they were still known as The Robbery, a couple of months ago before a big show. 9 p.m. Saturday, June 15, Pixels, 3535 University Ave., Riverside, free, 21 and older only. Visit www.elrobomusic.com for more information on the band.”