Their music is a high voltage swing set—it flings you through the air and electrifies your ass.
It’s impossible to sit still when these guys play. When I saw them at Jammin for the Animals last summer, they mentioned
the upcoming release of a new album: Monolith. And it’s here—6 tracks, 34 minutes.
A spiritual journey that begins on a “Moonbell” and burns to a “Monolith” stone.Though a bit subdued in content
compared to their first album, They Know We Know, Monolith feels like a small step from home but a giant leap into the lawn
of the beyond. New mood, new emotion, new direction.
“Moonbell” starts off with a dreamy, 1950′s-style ballad sound, rough around the edges and ends with a tease of a wicked solo by
lead guitarist and vocalist, Pete Specht. “Evolutionary” has a classic, foot-tapping rock rhythm witha touch of political angst in the
lyrics: “Don’t take my guns away, some day I might need ‘em all.” Then they switch to a reggae-styled ”Wake Yourself” by keyboardist
Mike Specht, who takes the lead on vocals. A fun tune is “Can’t Wait”—it reminds me of the surfing sounds of Los Straitjackets.
However, this is where the trip ventures out into a projectile Fender Telecaster, psychedelic keys ooze-fest.
And “Wouldn’t it be nice to set the world on fire?” suggests the “Messenger”, channeling the Beach Boys and
breaking like waves on the shore.
The title track, “Monolith,” closes out the album with fire and brimstone and a “HELL YEAH!” Instead of dulling the music down
with my inadequate words, I’ll let you see and hear it for yourselves with a video of the band performing “Monolith” at JerryFest.
Visit Flux Capacitor on their band site, archive.org
, and get Monolith on your iTunes.
Stay Fluxy, my friends.
Autumn Walden : Tri-State Indie