Wednesday, August 07, 2013


My Robotic Friend by Trem is a bit of a lost, dark synth-pop gem. Flip-side, Colour Vision, is even better. Very little is known about the band but I can add a fact or two to the information pool. Trem consisted of Robert Randall (guitars/vocals); Michael Cooling (bass); Philip Rose (keyboards); and a drum machine. They were Gwent-based and indeed their single was recorded at Loco Studios in Caerleon. In total 1,000 copies were pressed with the entire enterprise costing the group £900. My Robotic Friend was released in 1983 to universal indifference but in recent years the record has attracted burgeoning internet interest. Press play to find out what the fuss is all about.