NEW FULL LENGTH DROPPED 1/1/2019
It's finally here and it's a rap album about becoming a cat lady
I KNOW, RIGHT?!?
Towards the end of 2017, The Sexbots’ Ilima Considine called her work as she walked out of the courthouse with a stalking order against a co-worker. The Sheriff’s Department was going to serve him during his shift the next day. Her workplace responded by cutting her schedule to 5 hours a week- virtually firing her, because, “You’re the one with the problem.” Ilima was so mad that she went home and wrote a rap album about losing all her fucks and becoming a cat lady. Recurring themes of violence, street harassment, choosing loneliness over sleeping with the enemy, and quietly watching one’s life disintegrate - The Sexbots’ seventh full-length album “I Always Knew You Were a Bitch” is titled after a common response to a sexually unavailable woman or one who protects other women. Like the rest of the Sexbots’ catalogue, there is a surface prettiness to the sound which belies the dark lyrical content. It’s a rap album- but not a hip hop album, kind of like Jhene Aiko meets Serge Gainesbourg. Bell chimes and cosmic sounds tie together tracks from Oregon producers T-Walk, DJ Ceez, Adaptr, and Eugene’s wild child Asol.
Last known, the State of Oregon was pursuing an Extreme Risk Protective Order against Ilima’s stalker. She now has a safer day job.
The Sexbots are Ilima Considine- who sets her inimitable vocals against electronic soundscapes from around the world. During a band breakup, Considine was approached by several beatmakers who wanted a vocalist without the commitment of a band. The Sexbots brings to life a series of e-mail collaborations, carefully curated and art-directed by Considine- who performs alone. Surprisingly, the unknown band with no label, no management, and before the first show was even played outside Portland -managed to chart on CMJ with their first album. Since then, Considine has toured and released a no-budget music video for every song- entire albums can be listened to on youtube, accompanied by images of the bespectacled singer falling out of trees, dancing naked, or being repeatedly killed by her children’s stuffed tigers(the children can often be seen frolicking in the background). Along with an undefinable and shifting accent, Considine’s appearance is largely ambiguous- often androgynous, ethnically unclear(Irish-Chinese), with big eyes/tiny stature/theatrical gestures making it unclear how old or how serious she is about anything. She is entirely serious about the emotional inner world she charts- of a woman vacillating between love and sex, between need and regret. With a stage presence verging on performance art, Considine has received grants from both the Oregon Arts Commission and the Regional Arts and Culture Council.
Regret, jealousy, and desire are recurring themes. The music has always incorporated spoken word, weird samples, and the odd song structures of a classically trained violinist turned indie vocalist- unabashedly art pop with the heavy nostalgia that children of the 80’s have for smashed and deconstructed Nintendo sounds, primitive synths, cassettes, and shitty mics. Their third album "Junk Sick" was funded by a Kickstarter campaign whose rewards included "inappropriately long hugs".
I'm a trans-disciplinary artist based in Portland, OR. I'm the leader of a band called The Sexbots, I direct music videos, I write neoclassical soundtracks, and I can sometimes be found doing performance art and occasional art modeling/acting. I am available for session work on violin and cello.
Yes, I want to work on your soundtrack! I'm the mother of 2 kids. There are babies to feed, but I'm the queen of nanobudget productions, please send me your ideas and proposals. I am always seeking new collaborators.
"an intellectual, quirky genius who is exploring sexuality from the other side of awareness"- Hal Harrison
"I like it when you play violin. It looks like you're having sex... with yourself." -Marston Hall