Reboot The Robot has been labeled by many different terms since its inception in June, 2008; terms such as indie, underground, emo, and scene. Jon Ware, the twenty-six year old behind Reboot The Robot, has heard them all. In just 3 ½ years, Reboot The Robot has released 4 albums, been featured in a national music magazine, garnered a guitar sponsorship through Verite Guitars, and earned thousands of fans through hard work, relentless promotion, and plain persistence.
Fans and listeners associate Reboot The Robot’s music with intimately personal lyrics, no doubt drawn from situations Jon Ware has found himself in throughout the years. “Lyrically, I tend to write about the inner most emotions and thoughts I have as an individual.” states Ware, continuing “I think that, as a musician, I have a responsibility to the people that listen to my music to give them something that has some substance, some real weight to it. I don’t think the major driving force behind music is the music itself. I think that people go to music for comfort and inspiration, and so as an artist and as a musician that’s what I strive to put in my music. Because that’s what I want when I listen to music.”
Jon Ware’s lyrics touch on emotionally charged moments in life, such as broken relationships, that young adults today find easy to identify with. “There’s a real sense of discovery when you’re young,” says Ware. “You’re falling in love. You’re falling out of love. These experiences were almost unbearable when I was in high school because I was too young to really understand what I was going through. So a lot of my lyrics deal with those moments, and I think that’s why kids identify with the things I write. Because I went through it and they are going through it currently. It’s nice to know that someone made it through the event that you find yourself in.”
Musically, Reboot The Robot sticks to the rock genre, but frequently branches out into other genres. It’s a pattern that has become more evident with each release, and one that Ware hopes to see continue.
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Let’s put it this way, the latest album “Wellesbourne”, couldn’t have come at a better time. It is full of tasty things that make the sound of success, from catchy, driven guitars, easy to listen to vocals, and powerful arrangements. This album could be the album that propels Reboot The Robot even further than any previous recordings did. Not one song sounds like another, yet they are all really well done and have a common thread running through them.
If you have ever liked any of Reboot The Robot’s previous music you are going to love this! Jon Ware returns to provide heartfelt lyrics and really strong hooks that will blow you away. Although this album is comfortable enough for even the most casual listener, like any passionate artist, Jon ace’s the test and makes it look all too easy.
A listen to the first five tracks alone, reveals an astonishing assortment of inspired song-writing accompanied by flawless instrumental arrangements and superb vocals. Exhilarating examples are the crunchy “Prisons and Prisoners”, “Yours” and the acoustically driven “Winter Drowning”. After the exquisitely soft and gentle interlude of “Oceans and Diamonds”, the latter half of the album delivers even more diverse material. Checkout “Strings and Keys”, “Wait”, “Can Hardly Believe” and “By My Side (For Ashley Pt.2)”.
With twelve top tracks to choose from though, opinions will differ on the best tracks, but be assured that you will find one that you love. I suggest you take a moment, close your eyes, breathe in deeply, and really appreciate the emotion that crackles all around the tracks on this album.
“Wellesbourne” carries on the great work of the past albums and continues the evolution of Reboot The Robot. If you’re someone looking for heartfelt music you can enjoy at any time or place, or relate to in almost any situation, then this album is definitely for you. The music is just that good.
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