PIMPBOT has been blaring infectious tunes out of Honolulu’s nightlife capital… Waikiki. PIMPBOT balances their audiences between Hawaii’s tourist industry and its thriving underground music scene. In a world of cover bands, they have always stayed true to their original material, carrying humorous stories from everyday life – from having a breakfast after a one night stand, to driving with an empty gas tank. The members of PIMPBOT earned their musical stripes as students of the University of Hawaii, while one member ventured off to Berklee College of Music in Boston before returning home. Homegrown but well traveled, the band blends their varied personal musical influences into a signature brand of ska/punk. PIMPBOT’s sound has been quoted by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin as “a tribute to the flexibility and open minds of the members.” PIMPBOT has shared the stage with many celebrated groups such as Train, Candlebox, Third Eye Blind, The Ataris, Orianthi, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, The Toasters, General Public, Dave Wakeling, The Pietasters, The Aquabats, Save Ferris, Buck-O-Nine, Go Jimmy Go, The Aggrolites, The Skeletones, the One Man Ska Band-Chris Murray, The Green, Anuhea, Los Furios (Canada), and Oi-Skallmates (Japan), to name a few.
After receiving local award nominations and airplay on ska/punk podcasts from all over the world, PIMPBOT’s three releases Vertical Lobster (2004), Admit One (2008), and PIMPBOT (2011) continue to gain new audiences. Songs from the albums were featured on Hawaii’s only commercial modern rock station, Clear Channel’s Star 101.9 KUCD-FM and top college radio station KTUH 90.3FM. Admit One’s release was followed by a supporting Canadian tour in March 2008. PIMPBOT is probably the first indie rock band in Hawaii to successfully venture off to Canada hitting up key central & western cities such as Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Booked entirely in the DIY-work ethic, they’ve garnered interest from Canadian booking agents and promoters extending an invitation to tour Eastern Canada in the near future. In 2009 and 2010, PIMPBOT was selected for a showcase performance at Austin, TX’s South By Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference, one of the most important music festivals in the world. As a result of their SXSW appearance, Armed Forces Entertainment selected to group to perform for America’s servicemen and women stationed in the Asia-Pacific region. The tour included performances in Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.
PIMPBOT maintains a strong commitment to serve as leaders in Hawaii’s indie music scene. PIMPBOT’s members are smart, savvy, and active with industry groups such as the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). The band is driven purely on the DIY-factor, with an excellent work ethic to get to the next level and put a Hawaii rock band on the map. Several times a year, PIMPBOT finds the time to support several benefit/charity events. They’ve donated their time and efforts to The Hawaii Foodbank, The Life Foundation (Aids Awareness/Research), Anti-Violence groups, Wounded Warrior Project, The Chinatown Arts Community, numerous Military Support & Family Events and Educational panels & clinics.
“PIMPBOT” by PIMPBOT – 2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Nominee for Best Rock Album
“Admit One” by PIMPBOT – 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Nominee for Best Rock Album
“Thanks for the Eggs” by PIMPBOT – 2008 Hawaii Music Awards Nominee for Best Single
“Careless Whisper” by PIMPBOT – 2006 Hawaii Music Awards Nominee for Best Single
Fernando Pacheco – Lead Vocals, Trombone
Tom Coleman – Guitar, Backup Vox
Rylan Yee – Bass
Cathy Lagrimas – Keyboards, Trumpet, Percussion, Backup Vox
Eric Lagrimas – Drums