Interview with producer/guitarist Sal Canzonieri.
How did Electric Frankenstein get started?
Well, I knew some of them from other bands that
played in such as Adrenalin OD, Crash Street Kids, and others. The
bassist at the time was my brother, Dan. Everyone in the band was into
Punk Rock from it's early days, like The Ramones, Dead Boys, Damned,
Sex Pistols, Germs, Weirdos, Rik L Rik, Adolscents, Social Distortion,
Black Flag, Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Circle Jerks, etc., when it was
fresh and young and not coopted by the Pop Music establishment and also
they were fans of Hard and Heavy Rock like AC/DC, Kiss, Aerosmith,
Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Led Zepplin, Mott the Hoople,
Stooges, MC5, Blue Cheer. So, it was natural to get together. They are
very creative and talented people. We all wanted to do something
to revitalize Rock & Roll and save it from the doldrums it was in
during the late 80s. I thought of merging together like a
Frankenstein creation all the various styles of Rock & Roll into
one seamless thing, with the fury and passion of Punk Rock to kick it
all up a few notches. We waited a year before playing live, we wanted
to impress people right off the bat, AND we did!
What is High Energy Rock & Roll?
Well, it is heavy and fast Rock & Roll mixed
with Punk's energy, fury, and passion. It makes a riff heavy rock
with a fast pace and lots of hooks and melody in the song arrangements,
without having to go into Pop crap at all. It draws from all different
eras of Rock & Roll and combining them all stylistically to creat
something that sounds fresh and new, with a lot of energy and
Why Rock & Roll music?
Rock & Roll is always exciting and always recharges people. There
is nothing depressing about Rock & Roll music, unlike the phony
Nu-Metal bands that were around a few years back.
Rock & Roll is what charms the savage beast! People want to
go out and have a great time to be inspired by the music and the band
that is on stage. People need Rock & Roll to help them forget
about their troubles and to help them find a new way out of them.
Everytime THEY think THEY finally have you in
control with their fake player-piano music ("electronica"!), Real Rock
and Roll shows up and wakes up the dead - from the 1950s to the 90s
(Elvis, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Rolling Stones,
Who, Iggy Pop & Stooges, MC5, Velvet Underground, Ramones, Sex
Pistols, Kiss, AC/DC, Motorhead, Minor Threat, Black Flag, etc.) the
ugly beast of Rock and Roll rips the roof off and scares the hell out
of THEM to revitalize the corpse of rock and roll and make music
exciting again! This time, its Electric Frankenstein's turn to charge
things up! Join the body electric with Electric Frankenstein and help
Fight the Anti-Rock Conspiracy! Keep Real!