Punk-rock ancient and a grilled cheese sandwich

If this band had come out in the early 1980s, they might have been worth listening to. These guys are punk-rock ancient, when punk and rock and roll were almost the same thing. When the Ramones and the Sex Pistols became famous, it was because they created a new musical sound and message that intensified rock and roll, not because they were great musicians. The band Electric Frankenstein offers that same lack of talent on their album “The Buzz of 1000 Volts,” and as much creativity as a grilled cheese sandwich.

The beauty of music theory is that a musician can explore an infinite amount of sounds and styles and still produce a musically feasible work of art. Electric Frankenstein doesn't understand it's OK to stray from the basics. The band's end product sounds like a poorly interpreted Clash album.

It's not that this band sounds horrible, they're just plain. Their songs all have the same steady-paced beats and guitar riffs that consist of nothing more than mechanical power chords. Even their song names are bland: “Dead on Beauty,” “Dead by Dawn,” “Death Dealer” and “Resurrection City.”

The most amusing thing about “The Buzz of 1000 Volts” is the rock and roll philosophy pamphlet you get with every purchase. Seriously, they really give this out along with the liner notes. There's a quote in there that says, “Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers.”

That's a great quote. Maybe they should try heeding their own advice.

This band is probably a group of dudes in their 30s with mullets and punk-rock bracelets. Electric Frankenstein offers nothing more than corny rock songs you might absently tap your foot to. Let's not forget that style is blatantly missing. If you want rock and roll go buy an ACDC album, not this one.