New Jersey garage-rockers Electric Frankenstein hark back to the early
punk-rock sound of the Dead Boys.
The first full-length, The Time is Now! (Nesak, 1995) was as raw
as anthemic. Songs like Teenage Shutdown,
The Time Is Now!, Superstar,
Right On Target, Rise and Crash, and the
EF Theme erupt like concentrates of adrenaline.
Even in 1976 they would have had few rivals.
Conquers the World (Get Hip, 1997) collects 1995 singles and compilation
tracks. The band, and especially vocalist Steve Miller, is at its best on
It's All Moving Faster,
Deal With It,
Get Off My Back, epic, frenzied, scathing attacks on civilization.
The 10-song mini-album Sick Songs (Nesak, 1997)
is an outstanding collection of anthemic rockers like
I'll Be Standing,
Not Wit U,
Learn To Burn,
Back At You,
that will remain fan favorites.
The guitars of Jim Foster and Sal Canzonieri are in full bloom.
The EP Fractured (V & V, 1997) is no less powerful, with at least three
more classics: Devil Dust, Right Now,
The six-song EP Monster (Au Go Go, 1997), recorded with punk icon
Rik L. Rik on vocals, adds
Blackout and Used To Know to the canon.
I Was a Teenage Shutdown (Estrus, 1998) and
It's Moving! It's Alive! (Igor, 1998) are yet more live albums.
The six-song EP Listen Up, Baby! (Man's Ruin, 1998),
with Steve Miller again on vocals, shows a progression towards a less virulent
but faster sound, best represented by Listen Up, Baby! and
The confused and prolific discography of those years also includes the
singles You're So Fake (Estrus, 1998),
I'm Not Your (Victory, 1998),
Up From the Streets (Cold Front, 1998),
and How I Rose From the Dead (One Foot, 1998).
The band was beginning to tire and it shows on
How to Make a Monster (Victory, 1999), their least impressive album
and most monotonous ever.
Cut From the Inside, Up From the Streets and
Something For the Pain are still powerful and catchy but the fire
A perennial live favorite, the band released the live album
Live, Loud and Angry (TSK, 1999), that comes with a bonus disc of
singles, EPs and assorted tracks.
Me No Like You! (Sonic Swirl) is the American version.
Rock'n'Roll Monster (Au Go Go, 1999) collects the
Monster EP and some covers of Negative Trend and F-Word.
The Dawn Of (Triple X, 2000) collects more rarities.
Annie's Grave (Victory, 2001) is a 12-song mini-album, that will
be included with several covers in
Don't Touch Me (Twenty Stone Blatt, 2001). Unfortunately, the sound
is becoming more hard-rock than punk-rock.
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