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The Bots close out their tour with an unforgettable show at the Bootleg HiFi

The Bots guitarist and singer (left) and Odd Future’s Left Brain (right) performing their song “Blinded” at the Bootleg HiFi on Nov. 22 in Los Angeles. Photo by Vince Gnuyen/Sundial Staff

Punk-blues-rock duo The Bots displayed a killer performance with their special guests at the Bootleg theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 22 for drummer Anaiah Lei’s 18 birthday.

The intimate homecoming show featured openers Mild High Club and the Death Valley Girls. Special guest appearances included Odd Future’s Left Brain and album producer Justin Warfield.

By the time the Lei brothers took the stage, they got the crowd dancing and moshing all at the same time while playing songs off their new album “Pink Palms.”

Older brother, singer and guitarist of the duo, Mikaiah, led the show with an exciting atmosphere that capped off a year-long tour showcasing their raw talent and materials to the masses.

The duo kicked off their set with an eery but attention-grabbing instrumental, going into their heavy-hitting track, “Won.” The opener set the mood for their entire set – gripping, exciting, sweaty and just plain fun.
Mikaiah’s gritty vocals and Jimi Hendrix-esque guitar playing inspired the crowd to turn into an audience at a Ramones concert as they moshed and partied for his younger brother’s

Anaiah Lei, drummer of sibling duo The Bots, performs in front of an intimate audience at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 22. Anaiah celebrated his 18th birthday with the conclusion of their year-long tour at home and overseas. Photo by Vince Gnyuen/Sundial Staff

Anaiah’s groovy and boisterous drumming set the rhythm to the dancefloor that even forced the bouncers to intervene multiple times, in fear that the audience were having way too much fun. With Mikaiah’s fat pedal board that gave him an endless possibility of guitar tones and sounds, the brothers produced a fantastic show that everyone should attend.

Their best song of the evening was “Bad Friends.” The brothers displayed a raw performance, including a gut-wrenching solo from the elder Lei.

The Bots chemistry was one that rightfully earned them performances at Coachella 2014 and numerous oversea festivals.

As The Bots entered the midway point of their set, Mikaiah made a heartwarming request to the audience to sing “Happy Birthday” to his little brother. The crowd complied and belched the song, leaving Anaiah with a gracious grin.

Their performance of their hit single “All I Really Want” certainly felt like the crowd favorite, as the audience moshed harder, and the crowd sang along to nearly every word.

The brothers closed the set out with a Ramones cover that included all the performers on the stage. Mikaiah sported a dark, raven wig that flew all over the place as he entered his musical zone.

The humble brothers personally greeted fans and friends from the audience and said their goodbyes to a long and weary tour.

Catch the duo’s album “Pink Palms” on Spotify and iTunes and certainly check the brothers when go on tour again. It will surely be an awesome experience.

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