In the music industry, a unique name can be as crucial as the sound itself.
Case in point, Robo-France 29.
"The band name actually came from a comment made by a character on an 'Adult Swim' (Cartoon Network) show," said bassist Justin Schultz. "We had been using different names each week that we played, so I suggested it. We all got a good laugh and it's stuck ever since."
With jam-rock at its core, the Capital City quartet concocts a melodic stew of alternative, punk, blues, jazz and seemingly the kitchen sink. Invading the Monopole Friday, the band will play alongside the always lovable Shameless Strangers — a vagabond folk-rock ensemble that plays jovial tunes with a raucous stage presence.
The performance is free and kicks off at 10 p.m. with singer/songwriter Ryan McGrath.
"A nice thing about our band is that each member brings different influences to the table, so it creates a sound truly our own," Schultz said. "We've been compared to Neil Young, Camper van Beethoven and Weezer, so I think that implies that we have an interesting sound and are willing to try new things."
Robo-France 29 was formed three years ago by Schultz and rhythm guitarist Josh Breden, who'd known each other since high school. Once a mutual love for music emerged, both began the search for an opportunity to expand on their aspirations as musicians.
"Josh and I started playing music together in 2007," Schultz said. "He brought lead guitarist Russ (Brady) along to our first practice, and we added Nick (Carrara) on drums to fill out the band. The formation worked out well because we were four musicians without bands looking for an outlet to express ourselves. We put a lot of time into crafting original songs and putting a different spin on unique covers that often get overlooked by other bands."