A Record Release for Robbers on High Street

October 10th, 2011

Robbers on High Street – Mercury Lounge – October 7, 2011

There’s nothing eight dudes (some armed with horns and bongos) can’t execute. Granted, the trumpet and sax section rarely came out, but on Friday night at Mercury Lounge, other bells and whistles did as New York City’s Robbers on High Street celebrated the release of their third full-length album, Hey There Golden Hair. And Robbers—formed nearly 10 years ago by school chums vocalist Ben Trokan and guitarist Steve Mercado—pulled out more than just strings.

Midway through their 15-song set, the six band members and two extraneous horn players adding some mood, formed an octagon onstage. “We’re playing nothing but good songs tonight,” said singer Ben Trokan, confident of the Robbers’ prowess. And for the next hour, they pulled out Golden Hair’s entire 12 tracks and three extra songs, including “Spanish Teeth” from the band’s 2005 full-length debut, Tree City.

Robbers did what they do best, emitting obvious beat-rock harmonies with Golden Hair tracks “Face in the Fog” and “Monkey,” alongside some lounge-y tendencies in “Electric Eye,” slyly throwing things off kilter. “This song is fucking crazy too,” said Trokan, barely holding back his accolades before the quickened pace of “Crystal Run” continued the thread of groovy, mod riffs. —Tina Benitez

Photos courtesy of Patrick J. Eves |