Following vocalist Alex Ebert‘s previous band The Lucky 13’s breakup, Ima Robot formed in the late 1990s and, in the early 2000s, after signing with Virgin Records, became successful. The band’s other original members were Timmy “The Terror” Anderson, Oliver “Oligee” Goldstein, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, and the prolific studio drummer Joey Waronker. Meldal-Johnsen and Waronker were sought-after musicians who had played with Beck before joining Ima Robot.
In June 2008, Lars Vognstrup joined the group, having previously played with Nikolic in the band Junior Senior.
On January 6, 2011, the band played six songs live on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. This was the first time since Monument to the Masses tours that the new band lineup had played live. Orpheo McCord (of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and of Fool’s Gold), Jason “ComputerJay” Taylor, and Jonas Petri Megyessi also joined the band.
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