A ROBOTIC BAND called Z Machines has played its first gig in Japan.
Around 100 people gathered to watch the Social Party Robot Band play its concert. It was joined onstage by two real people of the Japanese pop act Amoyamo, and it looks like it was a nightmare.
The robot guitar, drums and keyboard sound pretty competent, but that is always the intention when you build a robot. We would have been very surprised if the end result had been like the sound of an orchestra falling down stairs.
They don't quite look the part, however, and come across awkwardly. They put us in mind of the evil robot from the Bill and Ted movie, or what you might imagine if you closed your eyes while listening to Daft Punk.
Who are we to judge though. We can barely find the holes on a penny whistle, and here are these three with rockstar haircuts and the vacant gaze of many a pop combo.
The band made its debut on Monday night and the first 1,000 people to attend were let in free. The Guardian reported that around 100 people turned up. In an interview, a human attached to the band said that the sky is the limit as far as gigs are concerned.
"My end goal is to leave the solar system," he said, "and do this on other planets".
We have had to automatically translate the invitation to the gig. "The world premiere, the dance music of the future truck manufacturer our up-and-coming at home and abroad were newly written for robot band," it said.
"Made full use of the robot play transcendence beyond the limits of the human race, party experience of the future. Also play gorgeous co-star." µ