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Infernophonic - 2007 Spark It Up

ARTIST: Infernophonic
ALBUM: Spark It Up
LABEL: Godlyke Distributing
SERIAL: 96873-00135-9
YEAR: 2007
SPONSOR: Infernophonic


LINEUP: Elaine Tuttle - vocals * Pat Piegari - guitars * Kevin Bolembach - bass * Courtney Williams - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Anyone Else * 02 Say Whatcha Mean * 03 Middle Of The Road * 04 Karmakaze * 05 Take Aim * 06 Thank You * 07 Invisible Slaves * 08 Be Here Now * 09 Hear Me *10 We Don't Need It * 11 Yeah Yeah Yeah * 12 Eye Of The Jedi



Coming at'cha from the eastern seaboard digs of New Jersey are a band that totally live up to their name. Infernophonic indeed know how to spark it up with this 70's groove laden disc of tunes belying their age, history and locale. Bought together by main-man Kevin Bolembach (head of Godlyke Inc), the rest of the band came onboard during 2006. With vocalist Elaine Tuttle, the band have a focal point that draws listeners into the energy of the band. In the past, she may have been compared to Grace Slick, Janis Joplin and 'Baby' Jean Kennedy, in the present tense, someone like Suze De Marchi or Sophia Ramos would be considered a contemporary. In fact, the band fuse together a retro-driven sound that has it's soul in the 70's, with its vintage tube-amp sound and smokin' riffs from guitarist Pat Piegari. Could it be Led Zeppelin meets Mothers Finest down at the parking lot on a Saturday night for a bit of funky rockin' and grooves? For classic rockers maybe, but for those more in tune with modern rock, then a combination of Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Hydrogyn might be a better fit.

The Songs
The album was initially recorded in Vermont, and mixed/re-recorded in the world famous Applehead Studios in Woodstock NY by Soulive drummer Alan Evans. Twelve songs all up, most of them soaked in that well worn Marshall and tube amp sound, with a fat bottom end to round things out. Starting out with 'Anyone Else', the band groove along smoothly, the rhythm section are tight knit, Tuttle makes her presence known from the outset. By the next track 'Say What You Mean', Elaine is definitely looking for answers as per the lyrics. 'Middle Of The Road' is a likeable rocker with hints of modern rock rather than classic. Piegari gets to add a few six string colorings throughout this one. 'Karmakaze' is a grinding rocker with a nod toward the subject of futility. 'Take Aim' is a busy sounding tune, with the rhythm section working overtime on this one. The message is one of revolution in the streets. If it was Eastern Europe, it could be a union workers song! Retro rock never sounded more appropriate than when listening to 'Thank You', a slow earthy track containing more grit than the main raceway at Yonkers! More funky rockin' is apparent on 'Invisible Slaves', Tuttle delivers an interesting lyrical message fused with a sound that I'm sure Mothers Finest would be proud to own! There's a strong Deep Purple presence on 'Be Here Now', if you include the organ overdrive a la Jon Lord and some skins bashing in the mould of Ian Paice. 'Hear Me' takes a funky route, integrating some unusual flavors and an urban Living Color vibe, albeit with female vocals. Wind the clock back to the early 70's for 'We Don't Need It', a chuggin' tune that oozes attitude. The guitar and bass pairing is so Lifeson/Lee that if you were to mute Tuttle's vocals you'd be excused for thinking it was Rush .. 'Yeah Yeah Yeah' is not some throwaway tune with a simple approach. There is depth to it, fuelled by introspective lyrics and a solid pumping bass line. The closer 'Eye Of The Jedi' coincides quite nicely with the recent 'Clone Wars' movie though is not officially affiliated, despite being one of the most played tracks from their Myspace page.

In Summary
The album was released last year, but is gradually getting more exposure into 2008 as the album has been promoted through the media networks, and causing a bit of a stir along the way. The PR for the album has been pretty good (Well done Randy!), and this site has been caught up in the hub-bub of Infernophonic's buzz. Like many bands playing in this style, the sound is not revolutionizing the industry, but taking all the best bits from the past and giving it a 21st century makeover. If you hanker for a bit of classic rock that is soaked in the best tradition, then give Infernophonic a go!

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#1 | rkbluez on August 27 2008 17:02:29
Great CD...I've had it a long time now and I still play it the funk hard rock mix...with great bass playing and a phenomenal guitarist...and a female rock singer that rocks...not the next opera Queen...also a real nice production to make it a nice package.
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