All Music Guide
Electric Frankenstein leader Sal Canzonieri has done a little-vault raiding. Having unexpectedly uncovered his punishing punk band's first demo while moving house, the guitarist/writer then set about to release the five hellacious, long-forgotten, unheard tracks via XXX. That in itself would have made a strong release: At the dawn of this New York/New Jersey quartet's formation in 1992, the group sounded even more like a fiery Detroit Stooges/MC5-type powerhouse, like a hundred terrific Detroit-derived Australian groups of the last 25 years. In fact, these offerings positively rock, in all the down and dirty, filthy, fleshy, teeth-gritting raw power and smack the genre is loved for -- complete with Steve Miller's feral snarl straight out of the Sonics' raw-garage tradition. A few Johnny Thunders guitar leads, some Wayne Kramer power-chords, and Stiv Bators soar throat, plus a more-modern-punk crunch all electrocute "Ruin You," "Never Gonna Get It" and "Lie to Me." Hot, hot, hot.
But to make The Dawn of an even better value and historical document, 12 tracks (most also previously unreleased) by three pre-EF bands round out the CD. Miller's four wild, as-great Crash Street Kids' cuts clearly point towards his later EF work, with the same animal vocals and a rocket-blasting band. Crackers for sure, again with more zinging, high pummel guitar. Next, Canzonieri's late-'80s group the Thing get a re-hearing via some Peel Session cuts and some other loose change, this being more of quasi-psychedelic, less straight proto-punk outfit with a menacing, diseased, Sonic Youth-meets-Hawkwind air. Finally Sal's bassist brother Dan Canzonieri serves up four more recordings of his own formative group, Kathedral, which is a post-Cure/Christian Death scary, death-march knelling brand of Goth band, albeit a nastier variety. ~ Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover
EF are by far the best punk rock band in NYC right now, thanks to their perfect mix of campy horror, metal musicianship, and punk swagger, along with a penchant for ROCKIN OUT. This retrospective compiles some early EF demos, and recordings from members' old bands. It's an educational journey into EF's past as you visit the excellent goth of Kathedral (featuring the drumming of Dr. Avalanche - on loan from The Sisters of Mercy?), the psychedelic prog metal of The Thing, and - the direct ancestor to EF - the punky rock of Crash Street Kids. It's all pretty fantastic. You should definitely pick this up if you're an EF fan.
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Exhumed from the ashes from whence it came, the mighty monster returns to the past to dig up a number of previously buried tracks from itself and those bands formerly associated with the members before this ungodly creation ever drew its first breath.
Somewhere during the early nineties, Sal Canzoneri had the notion to bring this monster to life-and so the meek shall inherit the earth?
I don't think so.
For anyone following Electric Frankenstein in recent years, little has changed between then and now-sure there maybe another singer, or a clearer production, but when it comes to unleashing a horrific blend of sci-fi b-movie atrocities fused with a pulsating punk rock attitude, none come closer to perfection than EF.
Featuring five of their earliest cuts, the monster rises and crashes through loudly-an abominable sight to behold and a sound worthy of yesterday's cult favorites of the underground… but alongside, we find a few other reasons to leave the light on before going to bed.
The Crash Street Kids, featuring the early shrieks of one Steve Miller, an EF original, bring their slovenly brand of slop-rock to the table-a finer example of punk rock excess you're not likely to hear… but luckily, if it weren't for this collection, you probably never would!
Keeping in mind each of the three "other" bands predates EF, the sound expectancy is not dissimilar but not quite the same.
Crash Street Kids bring a slightly fresher sound, nearly catchy, almost an out take of just about any song you've heard by D-Generation or try taking a look back toward The New York Dolls.
The Thing brings that old-tyme fuzz and foam surging past the rim with their stoner friendly psychedelic punk that actually began back in '86-frightening indeed! And now who's your daddy?
Finally we come across Kathedral, led by Canzoneri's brother Dan in what is easily the most outlandish style arrived at here-very dreary, completely caustic, underground and gothic-quickly drawing several drops of blood from Sisters of Mercy and "Black Planet" while their own infamy included working with former Christian Death leaders Rozz Williams and Eva O-listen to the gripping cover of the Cooper classic "Desperado" but stay close for the next two, "Evening Fear" and "Descending Wish."
While few could argue that the whole of Electric Frankenstein is not mightier than the sum of its parts, the widely diverse components that previously existed and later went into the forging of this monstrous being may finally be realized…
The distorted and prolific East Coast monsters of
rock, Electric Frankenstein are back yet again. With five new songs to
shake, rattle, and roll any corpse back to life, Dawn of Electric
Frankenstein could be a great ep, but it's much more than that. This
latest offering is more of a history lesson to showcase all of the
bands Electric Frankenstein arose from. Following Electric
Frankenstein's five tracks, vocalist Steve Miller's earlier band, Crash
Street Kids put in four songs of raw, ballsy rock. Meanwhile, the
Hawkwind inspired stoner rock of The Thing show no pre-cursors to ever
being related to Electric Frankenstein, but they are! Lastly, who could
forget about goth darlings of yesterday, Kathedral? Yes folks, Electric
Frankenstein mastermind Dan Canzonieri played in this death rock combo.
And although the music isn't directly of the Frankenstein nature, its
dark spirit is prominent in these demo recordings.
Punk rock was born in Detroit, but New
Jersey’s has always been home to its spiritual brethren. There are more
pissed off people per square mile in Jersey than anywhere else in the
world. Punk rock bands — from the Metallica-worshipped Misfits to the
relatively obscure Adrenalin O.D. to the raw beauty of Bedlam — are
Jersey’s stock in trade, and Electric Frankenstein deserves to be put
atop the aging heap.
Whereas All enters middle age with
introspection, EF pretends like it ain’t even there. This is a weird
collection created from tapes found in the back of the closet and songs
from some of their earlier bands with potential never fully realized.
The first batch of tunes from EF (“Never Gonna Get It” and “Lie to Me”)
actually sounds more focused than the band’s later work, and the stuff
from members’ former bands ranges from the creepy-space-gore rock of
“The Thing” to the more traditional “Crash Street Kids.”
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New York's (OK, New Jersey's) hardest hitting and
most prolific punk 'n' roll band Electric Frankenstein let loose with
five brand new recordings. (Well, make that seven-year-old recordings
that Sal found under his bed that were never finished, newly completed
by the band for this collection.) Some tracks are from EF
demos and some are from early bands that the members of EF were
in like Crash Street Kids, the Thing, and Kathedral. Hard
to find stuff! Good ole' punk rock n roll. I like from Crash
Street Kids was "Not My Sin," and " Nowhere." I like the EF
songs though like" Never Gonna Get It" and "Ruin You." "That's my story
and I'm stickin with it!" A must for any true Electric
a little histroy lesson for us from one of the
current kings of the rawk. what you get here...five cuts recorded in 93
as the band's first demos, 4 cuts from crash street kids featuring
steve miller and recorded for a possible atlantic deal, the
thing-featuring sal give up four pieces of stoner rawk from 86, and
some goth from kathedral featuring dan. the e.f. cuts are grade a prime
rawk that has been sitting dormant way too long. the crash street kids
sound almost as powerful as e.f.! atlantics lose but they wouldn't have
had a clue what to do with this! the thing kinda sound like a more
stoned mudhoney...pretty cool. then there's kathedral. ain't really my
bag this goth black magic. sounds like sub-par sisters of mercy/bauhaus
to janthon. over all..3/4 damn good stuff. if you're a big fan i
recommend whole heartedly. i'm glad to have it!!
Electric Frankenstein put out more quality
rock’n’roll. They can do no wrong. Go buy this or admit to your lover
that sex makes you uncomfortable.