The mysterious and ethereal Miss Roberts along with her Rude Mechanicals is a whirlwind of strange songs, sounds and looks. Miss Roberts is the leader and her flamboyant persona has become the look of the band. She has put together an act combining surreal stories, poetry and songs.
The Art-rock inspired wizardry of Rude Mechanicals has been compared to The Tiigerlillies, early Roxy Music, Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart, and Can been described vairously as Post-Punk, Prog and Dark Cabaret - altogether creating a music that can best be described as “wild, wicked weirdness” (Tom Robinson BBC6).
The band has featured in Bizarre Magazine, is played regularly on Resonance FM, and had national airplay on the BBC6 as well as being picked up Irwin Chusid - Journalist and DJ of New York's WFMU Radio. Collaborators include Jowe Head (Swell Maps, Television Personalities and now our bassist), Alternative TV and Sexton Ming (Medway Poets) and while Everett True (Village Voice), Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey, Spleen) and Django Bates (Loose Tubes etc.) have all admired their music.
Performances have included the Chelsea Arts Club the Cambridge Strawberry Fair Festival and the WOMAD festival as well as frequent gigs around London and the South East.