Think a cross between Dick Dale and the Cylons from the original "Battlestar Galactica."

You know who else is seeing more equitable representation in the local scene of late? Evil, human-crushing robots!

If you haven't listened to the Tsunamibots, I suggest you rectify that situation ASAP by queuing up one or both of the two albums the local robotic surf-punk band released this year: Surfing Craze in the Robotic Age and Rise of the Robots. An offshoot of the late local punk band Spit Jack (who briefly reunited last weekend so they could finally get kicked out of Charlie- O's in Montpelier), the T-bots trade in a campy brand of surf rock. Think a cross between Dick Dale and the Cylons from the original "Battlestar Galactica." Yep, it's super-gimmicky stuff. But if you love a good gimmick — as I do — they're worth checking out.

I mention the T-Bots because they're headlining a nifty showcase at the Monkey House in Winooski this Thursday, October 1, called the HellKat Hop with local rockabilly band Swillbillie. For the unfamiliar, the HKH is a monthly series founded by Jason "el Jefe" Valade that has been going on at the aforementioned Charlie-O's for about a year. In a recent email, Valade explains that idea is "to showcase one or two rockabilly, surf rock and the occasional '60s sounding garage bands from New England each month." In addition to the bands, Valade opens each show by DJing a selection of obscure cuts from the 1950s and early 1960s — calling Joel Najman!

Thursday's HellKat Hop is billed as the "inaugural" Hop at the Monkey, which implies there will likely be more hopping to come.

Dan Bolles