All Music Guide
The best, most exciting punkish album from New York in over a decade is no small feat. Consider how many have been made in that time! But The Time Is Now is the real McCoy. Song after song rips by, with the requisite drive, energy, tight power, muscle, attitude, and smacking chops. This is punk built on guitar riffs -- mean, angry, and measured -- paired with the clean, dense production often favored by Australians. In fact, a few songs echo the power riff from the Saints' "(I'm) Stranded," and Steve M.'s barking vocals recall the aggressive yelp of the Misfits' Glenn Danzig (without the crooning) or Dead Boy Stiv Bators. From the crunching "E. F. Theme" (formerly a 7" on Minttone), to the equally seething "Teenage Shutdown," "Rise and Crash," and "Fast and Furious," there's no letup, just mid-tempo rockin' killers led by two early '80s punks, guitarists Jim Foster (from the original lineup of Adrenalin O.D.) and Sal Canzonieri. Hot stuff, and hard-as-nails rock & roll. ~ Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover, All Music Guide
Satan Stole My Teddy Bear
Just when you were becoming disenchanted with the lack of originality in the 90's punk scene and the bland ska-core explosion, Electric Frankenstein comes along to remind you of what SHOULD be going on. This is the first official full length LP from the Jersey punk quintet. Already known to legitimate punks via their numerous singles (see "EF Conquers the World"), this album shows how punk is supposed to be--stripped down, raw, no fancy tricks. Just rock 'n' roll. The beauty of this record is that it is stripped down without a loss of intensity. Every single word is screamed by vocalist Steve Miller (NOT of "Fly Like an Eagle" fame). The rhythm section provides constant momentum for the chunky power chord guitar work. The opener "Teenage Shutdown" is an incredibly driving song, reinstating the punk guitar solo as a credible component of songwriting. The slow, rumbling title track conveys its sense of urgency with lines like "the time is now, so don't be late." Similar themes are expressed in "Superstar" with the imperative line "We gotta wake up this generation." The boys continue to praise 50's horror flicks with "I Want More" and "EF Theme." The latter uses the Frankenstein creature as a metaphor for people who are comfortable with their eccentricities, while delivering clever phrases such as "My mother was electricity, my father was a corpse." In summation, a great throwback to the way punk used to be before it was commercialized. Highly recommended, but you'll only enjoy this if you turn your volume up to 10 and break out the old safety pins.
Aquarian Weekly Newspaper
refreshing, and raw as fuck. Makes punk dangerous again.
Son of Skam Zine
Marks the return of real punkrock!!! Will send your mind on a time warp.
This stuff is like a supreme pizza, with everything on it. Damn I love this music.
Maximum Rock and Roll
These motherfuckers are a full blast powerhouse experience!
I imagine they're magnificent live - all blood, snot and bad attitudes.
Ultra WWW Magazine
Sounds like the ultimate mix of New Bomb Turks, Kiss, Devil Dogs and White Zombie. Makes you wanna party all night long and say 'fuck you' to everyone. Buy, if not die!"
What an album. The 10 format has sold out already, so you just have to be satisfied by the CD release. The time is now is 101 % TNT. Kris released also a single last year by those New Jersey guys, but this 6-track album is far much better. It's one of the best punk rock albums of the 90s. Bang your head on the wall with songs like Teenage shutdown, The time is now!, You're no superstar, Right on target, I want more and best of all Demolition Joyride/Demolition Derby with a nod to Kris. These guys are coming to Europe in the fall so if you've got the chance...
Ladies and gentleman...from New york the real monsters of rock'n' roll. This is probably the real masterpiece from Electric Frankenstein!! Maybe you don't know, but this band kick ass!
No doubt, they've attitude, groove, energy and i can't describe the beauty of songs like "teenage shutdown", "superstar", "i want more" etc..
Btw, as i said before we're in front of one of the best today's punk r'n'r band... i believe that their force is comin' from an excellent songwriting and a lot of cool ideas in reelaborating the concept of punk plus the addition of tons of r'n'r vibes... they aren't the firsts, but surely they're (one of) the best.
I saw them in a festival and...goddamn! They looked like angry rock'n roll animals, after the concert i had a chance to know the guitarist and the bass player and they offered to me and my friends over 15 beers!!! So, move your ass dude and buy this release!
New Jersey garage-rockers Electric Frankenstein hark back to the early punk-rock sound of the Dead Boys.
The History of Rock Music
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.
Miss out on these three Electric Frankenstein albums when this stuff came out in 1994-1997? Then you're in luck. One Foot has repackaged them, and added videos and some additional tracks for your Electric Frankenstein listening pleasure.
For the unfamiliar, EF is kinda MC5 meets The Misfits, taking a '70s hard rock approach to the DIY ethic. With lots and lots of loud guitars. The first two of these feature singer Steve Miller (no, not the famous one, silly), while Sick Songs has Scott Wilkins singing instead. Wilkins is slightly more melodic than Miller, who tends more towards a streetpunk gruff bellow. For that reason, if you had to choose one, I'd go with Sick Songs, but frankly, the difference in singers is a surprisingly subtle one overall.
That being the case, you might wanna base which ones you get, or the order in which you get them, on the songs covered on each album. The Time is Now includes AC/DC's "High Voltage," Conquers The World has four covers ("Just Like Your Mom" by Vox Pop/Jeff Dahl, "Home of the Brave" by Naked Raygun, "Coolest Little Monster," originally a novelty track sung/spoken by TV horror host Zacherly, and Motorhead's "We Are the Roadcrew"), while Sick Songs has "Frustration" by Crime and "Out There (F-Word)" by Rik L Rik. Of course, if you like your music stripped down and the guitars turned up, you could always just get all three!