With plans to end their hiatus with the release of their first album in seven years, L.A. indie rockers The Bots have shared the second single from 2 Seater with “Girl Problems.” A rollicking, pop-hook-filled track that’s held aloft by frontman Mikaiah Lei’s affecting wails about the strife and anxiousness that is part of being a young woman — informed as the anthemic lyricism is by the stories Mikaiah heard from girls he’d known growing up.
Showing off his sonorous harmonies on the track, Mikaiah’s cooing is just as sublime as the elastic rhythms and shimmering riffs that fill the song’s chorus. Between the rumbling groan of rushing guitars, spasmodic drumming, and cymbal crashes, “Girl Problems” splits the difference between Mikaiah’s garage-punk energies with a new, slicker sound.
“It’s basically the story of ‘Mean Girls’ and problems young women go through: catty behavior, talking behind one another’s back, etc,” Lei said of the single. “It’s all surface reality stuff but it’s something everyone experiences or can relate to.”
With the upcoming release of 2 Seater, the duo is looking to break out of the slight pigeonholing they’d earned for themselves as Los Angeles punk rockers, with their sights set on expanding their sound into new genres. “See It,” the first single to be released from the album, hinted at some experimentation with its waves of slam-bang, pop-punk sonics.
The Bots’ new album 2 Seater (produced by Black Pumas) is out September 8 via Big Indie Records, pre-order it here. The band will also be having an album release show at The Echo in Los Angeles on August 17. Visit their Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated on new releases and tour announcements.
Listen to The Bots new single “Girl Problems” below!