Sad Robot brought plenty of happiness to Hemingway’s Bar & Lounge, on Mar. 6. Armada was also the opening act and Dead End Amelia was the headliner.
Katherine Pawlak is the vocalist and keyboardist, Nick Perez is the guitarist and Jake Hogensen is the drummer of Sad Robot. Pawlak is also the keytarist.
Living up to the name of Sad Robot and science fiction, the stage setup was a cross between “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” and “Bride of Frankenstein”. Their name was woven along caged netting and pieces of wood helped keep the sign erect. With little lighting—they provided their own with various shapes of light bulbs, with the same wattage and were placed around the perimeter of the stage. Aged metal brackets, wires and hoses wrapped around the majority of Pawlak’s instruments.
As Perez struck the instrumental introduction to “Hold On”, a master of ceremony welcomed Sad Robot to the first date of their residency. He went onto praise them and Pawlak continued to lead the spectators in clap their hands rhythmically.
Pawlak greeted the onlookers, after “Hold On”. Afterwards, she thanked the venue for the residency and switched her keytar for the keyboard. Then, they proceeded with “The Prostitute”. During the performance, Pawlak removed her jacket and Hogensen stood up briefly and played with his drums.
Before “God Damn the Man”—Pawlak mentioned they had a video for the song and it could be seen on YouTube. She pointed out the director of the video was in attendance, how attractive he was and his relationship status. After being the wing woman, she mentioned how Sad Robot will be on the bill for the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. She thanked everyone whom made it all possible.
After Pawlak announced “Sell My Soul” was the last song of Sad Robot’s set, the viewers pleaded for them to perform more songs. She advised the audience to stick around for Dead End Amelia and reminisced about the time they shared the stage with them at the Troubadour. After the recital, she said not to be upset for they will be here all month long and the concerts will still be at no charge. She mentioned they will be at their merchandise table and to interact with their fans.
“Young”, “Automatic Reset”, “How Does It Feel”, “Sing” and “All Bad” were also a part of Sad Robot’s set.