Science Fiction Idols
The Science Fiction Idols are a rock n roll band that likes
to party. With a loose sound and an infectious fun vibe,
these guys understand two of the fundamental rules of rock
n roll. The first one is to relax. The second is to have
fun; if you’re not having a good time, you’re
not doing it right.
Musically, I found them to be old school, with a sound at
times reminiscent of early Alice Cooper, especially “Phantom
Channel”, though Bobby LaMondes’ voice is his
own, surly but smoother than Coopers’. Guitarist Gary
Strutt, on the other hand, sounds like the second coming
of Steven Tyler doing lead vocals on “Cats Galore”,
but it sounds natural. The most impressive song on this
disc was the radio friendly “Ballad of the New Young
Creeps” which bonded the old school chops to a modern
Too many bands these days can’t play for shit; they
confuse being loose (good) with unskilled (bad). Sci Fi
Idols are skilled yet with a sound as comfortable as old
blue jeans. Which brings up our last important fundamental:
Be yourself. If you’re cool enough almost anything
you do will float with your fans (Aerosmith, Frank Zappa,
Madonna, Eminem), but if you sound like you’re just
frontin’ (Tommy Lee, Roger Waters solo project, Vanilla
The Terror State
friend of mine once said that punk rock was the greatest
revolution in the history of music. "Prior to punk,"
he said, "you had to be able to play." While most
musicians would not consider this a compliment, my friend
meant it that way. He was talking about punk attitude; the
fact that it doesn't have to sound pretty or complex or
well arranged or have "depth", it just has to
By and large Anti-Flag meets this standard. Fast paced and
in your face pretty well describes their sound. This does
not mean they are without polish. In fact they sounded very
tight and well rehearsed, like they were comfortable in
the studio. Nor were they without depth, tackling a range
of serious topics like the environment, so called "free
trade" organizations like the WTO and of course, war.
All in all, a very good offering from a group of talented
I can just hear the bands' reaction to my comments. "Polish!
Well rehearsed?! Talented musicians?! FUCK YOU you capitalistic,
journalistic hosebag! We don't need you or your fucking
establishmentarian web-zine! Piss off!" That's tellin'
four talented, veteran performers, add a large helping of
grungy metal. Stir in a touch of influence from various
Add a natural & well versed song writing aptitude and
blend on high. What you get is Barely Breathing,
a unique and at once recognizable collection of songs from
the opening title track, it becomes clear that these guys
like to rock out and are most comfortable with the aggression
set on "high". The tracks "Up to Me"
& "Dirty Rotten" also represent this band
at their best, although "Rose Colored Rainbow"
closes this disc with a gentler sound which the players
pull off very well.
bands are a lot like a new recipe. It all starts with establishing
sound that works. Shatterpak has done that. Now they can
go on to the next stage: experimentation and refinement.
This is a band whose members have been around the block
and should be able to avoid the mistakes so many inexperienced
performers make. If they can, their talent should open doors