The Killer Robots! is a multimedia project encompassing music, movies, comics and animation. It was formed in October of 2004 when bassist Sam Gaffin recruited guitarist Samuel Williams and keyboardist Mike McGowan to create a theatrical rock band in the tradition of GWAR, KISS and Alice Cooper.
Combining their love for music, comic books and old Sci-Fi movies, the trio set about building costumes, practicing and looking for a Drummer. April of 2005 Charles Harris signed on as a most unlikely drummer – Trog. With his gigantic fists and caveman mentality, Trog would demolish his drum set within the first song.
The Killer Robots played their first show in June of 2005 and quickly became known for their anarchic stage shows and goofball music. The Killer Robots knew they were on to something and organized a guerilla theater troupe for every show they played in order to handle the chaos.
With this guerilla troupe in place the group’s well-known antics became systematic and organized. Monsters began to interact with the crowd. Audience members were given foam weapons with which they could participate in the battle with the monsters. Candy exploded from the head of Monko the Gladiator and Vicious Mosquito while Space Blob filled with air and threatened to envelope the audience. Mer-Monkey and Rock lobster battled it out on the floor while Trog refereed. Confetti cannons fired away with the arrival of Abraham Lincoln.
Over the next year and a half the Killer Robots honed their stage show and opened for such diverse national acts as the B52’s and muscle rock legend, Thor.
In 2007 after Trog demolished the remainders of his drum set, the robots recruited Chris Welty as Nimrod on drums, and Andy Pond as Edsel Von Diesal for rythm guitar. Strobo took on lead guitar while Trog was now free to concentrate on monster battles and audience interactions. A year later Chris and Andy left to pursue their musical aspirations beyond the confines of fiberglass and plastic costumes and Max moved to drums.
2009 saw the release of The Killer Robots’ first album “The Killer Robots!” and the premiere of “The Killer Robots and the Battle for the Cosmic Potato” feature film.
2016 saw the release of their feature film, The Killer Robots! Crash and Burn. Five years in the making the movie included hundreds of puppets, models and costumes. Four years later in 2020 the soundtrack album was released.
In recent years the Robots have concentrated their energies on a new movie called Robotica Destructiva. The Killer Robots return along with some new characters including a trio of warrior sisters – Amber Belko as Mytra, Torie Marin as Azalla and Kristal Theron as Luna. The movie is projected to release in early 2023.
As of 2022 The Killer Robots are finishing up the edit of their new movie, assembling the soundtrack and gearing up to promote.
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I would gladly organize a sign up sheet to rent a screen at my local movie theater. I think they said something like if you can guarantee at least 100 people will show up they will air any movie. With my group of friends it should not be that hard.