LISTEN TO THE ELECTRIC MESS on The Cherry Blossom Clinic w/Terre T
June 30th, 2012
Review for our new album in Shindig! (Issue #28):
CD review in the July/August issue of Shindig!
Press and Radio for "FALLING OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH"
"The Electric Mess? Nothing could be further from the
truth! Fronted by the mercurial vocal
talents of androgynous lead
singer Esther Crow AKA Chip Fontaine and backed by four
musicians... the New York City-based outfit produce tight,
inventive, white knuckle
Record Collector Magazine (UK):
"*** ... features Esther Crow's snarling androgyny ploughing through
punked up garage in
the style of 90s bands on the U.S. based Estrus
The Vinyl District (USA):
"New York’s The Electric
Mess are a garage band, but not in the contemporary sense of the
No, this group could easily soundtrack any number of the dreams that
on the back of Lenny Kaye’s beautiful eyelids. It’s the
unfettered sound of the ‘60s one-hit
Farfisa drenched wonder also known
as Nuggets, and on Falling Off the Face of the Earth,
they largely do
right by it."
Get Bent (USA):
On their follow up, Falling
Off the Face of the Earth, the band holds on to their winning
mixing all of the best from the 60’s and 70’s into uptempo songs with a
attitude and a lot of fuzz and farfisa.* And lyrically, this album
is just as quirky, fun and
psychedelic as their s/t release.
"...if a swirling organ, 100mph grooves, screaming guitars, a driving
rhythm section and an
authentic 60s-style production is right up your
street, you’ll love this album... there isn’t a
duff tune on here. If
you love late ’60s garage or are a fan of Paisley Underground you’ll
probably be a fan of this too."
Babysue.com (USA): "*****...
it's a wowzer. These tracks combine the classic garage rock
the 1960s with the originalwave of snotty attitude-driven punk rock from
1970s. The playing is furious and focused...and should appeal to
just about anyone who digs
classic garage rock. Thirteen growly
rockers... Top pick"
Ow Fanzine (Germany):
(7 of 10 stars) "...here's a Farfisa insanity is
delivered, which - contrary to the album's title -
disappear from the face of the earth, but the here and now belongs. From
comes the quintet that combines perfectly contemporary and
energetic sixties casualness with
Sleazerock tradition of his home town
and is therefore not only to obvious genre blueprints as
O'CLOCK (and even the entire Paisley Underground orbit) or YARDBIRDS
concerns, but also reminiscent of the 1-2-3-4-punk rock of HEARTBREAKERS
ELECTRIC MESS plow in a tight three-quarter hour through organ drenched, driving neo-psych
with feverish riffs..."
Rocktober Magazine (USA):
Beautifully desperate 60s garage pop fortified with orgasms,
girls-in-the-garage vocals, and
beautifully ugle guitar goo!
Jester Jay (USA):
"Many bands aspire to the
retro haze of garage psychedelia, filling their tracks with a messy
of guitar fuzz and driving beats. Emphasizing the garage side, they
revel in the sloppy
catharsis of low-fi sound... but The Electric Mess
achieve a perfected form of the genre.
Lovingly engineered,(the album) proves that garage psych credibility doesn't require low-fi
Rock Around the Blog (Portugal):
"...comes packed with the same feverish kind of 60’s garage psychedelic
(as their debut), continuing to keep some of the
fascinating characteristics of the music of
The Electric Mess... it's a
brutal menacing voyage to the sound of psychedelic escape with
of punk as redemption, fueled by the thundering divine beat of 60's
Kick Out the Jams (Spain):
"From the streets of
NY, The Electric Mess remind me of the bands that created the scene
around Midnight Records record shop in the Big Apple... thirteen songs
that move through
the garage punk label perfectly...a band that makes a
wall of sound 60's with total conviction."
June 29 issue of "The Santa Fe New Mexican"
"...the Mess’ basic sound is based on the mid-’60s Nuggets-era sound of
fuzz and Farfisa put through
the punk-rock grinder. This album rocks
even harder than the group’s self-titled 2010 debut."
From Burning Wood (USA)
"...uncompromising and unpretentious sounds of the great garage bands
of the 60s, without ever
skimping on musicianship. The Mess can play...
songs that catch fire right out of the gate and conjure
images of The
Yardbirds, the 13th Floor Elevators, The Stooges, and at times, even
Esther Crow is up front, singing, howling, and begging.
She is soulful and contagious."
"...an orgy of old school garage punk bursting with Farfisa...a
delightfully wonky side that ends up
winning membership of the
listener... energy, The Electric Mess has it in spades, the group
the tracks with this sense of urgency which animates those who
usually do not know what tomorrow
will bring... Fun Fun Fun."
"On their sophomore release, these NYC upstarts show their prowess for
creating an acid flashback
you’ll be eager to relive time and time
again, and establish they’re some of fiercest cats to prowl out of
psychedelic garage yet."
From Ice Cream Man Power Pop and More (Ding Ding) (UK):
"Gorgeous gem... really cool sixties styled garage pop punk... will
have you dancing in some way shape
or form all night long... one hellof
an album and will make a few 'Album of the Year' spots."
Rif Rock (Spain):
I already had long been waiting for this, and finally last week came to
my hands. This is the second
album of New Yorkers The Electric Mess,
probably the best part of a new generation of revival scene
Furious garage, power-punk rock, rhythmic beat, beautiful voices and
games.... Tremendous disc."
Nosotros Somos Los Muertos (Spain):
"I expected this album as rain in May since I heard his impressive
self-titled debut... The garage, punk,
rock'n'roll and R & B come
together in powerful new album."
"...ear-piercing Farfisa, raucous guitars, driving rhythms and sneering
vocals... echoing the surge
of original punk that rocked a thousand
suburban basements... suggests earlier revivalists like the
Three O’Clock, period inspirations Question Mark and the Mysterians, and
half the bands
who’ve appeared on Nuggets and Pebbles collections.
Great original songs, blazing guitar riffs with
6 O'Clock YATSURA – 76.1 InterFM (Japan)
La Trafalgar Radio Show (France)
The Leopard Print Lounge w/Jenni WORT 89.9FM (Madison, WI)
The Zero Hour w/Andy Turner WMSE 91.7FM (Milwaukee, WI)
The Cherry Blossom Clinic w/Terre T, WFMU 91.1FM (New Jersey/NY)
Bill Kelly's Teenage Underground, WFMU 91.1FM (New Jersey/NY)
The Razor and Di Show, WLUW-FM 88.7 (Chicago)
The Whole Lotta Shakin' Show, w/Mike Murray, WRUR 88.5 (Rochester)
The Optical Sound with Mike Sin, WFMU 91.1FM (New Jersey/NY)
Beyond Beyond is Beyond w/Mike Newman, East Village Radio (NYC)
MEGAWATTS radio show, w/Jef Megawatts, 98.2FM Radio Aube & Seine (France)
Journey to Time w/Ricky Toner, East Coast FM (Scotland)
Yeah Right Radio (European Web Radio)
Read the ALL-MUSIC GUIDE review of our debut album.
**** out of 5 stars!
RADIO PLAY FOR OUR DEBUT:
"Rodney on the Roq" (KROQ 106.7, Los Angeles)
Real Time Radio, Toronto
Sirius/XM (Little Steven’s Underground)
Nights with Alice Cooper (syndicated radio show)
"Cherry Blossom Clinic w/Terre T" "Three Chord Monte
w/Joe Belock" "Teenage Wasteland w/Bill Kelly"
Evan "Funk" Davies, Therese, WFMU (NY, NJ)
"Whole Lotta Shakin' Radio Show," WITR 89.7 (Rochester)
"Leopard Print Lounge" WORT 89.9 (Wisconsin)
Radio Lux Show, 89.5fm, DJ Franky-Stein (Spain)
WNYU Radio 89.1 (NYC)
Marrs Bonfire's "The Smart Set" UK
The Zero Hour, WMSE, 91.7 (Milwaukee)
KUSF, 90.3 FM, San Francisco
WLUW 88.7 (Chicago),
KSFR Radio (Santa Fe, NM),
WSUM 91.7 (Wisconsin),
Go Sound Invasion (France),
Le Trafalgar Radio 666 (France),
The Spacey Stardust Show, Radio-X (Frankfurt),
"Beyond Beyond is Beyond," East Village Radio
"You've Become a Witch" video on Modculture.com
Nice write up in PIG magazine by writer J. Palomino.
The Electric Mess featured in modzine HEAVY SOUL #5:
Our album reviewed by SHORT AND SWEET NYC, June 14, 2010
Our album reviewed by a cool garage rock blog from Portugal,
ROCK AROUND THE BLOG
To read the review of our album on The Huffington Post,
click here: Huffington Post review
Wide range of influences, but it sure ain't a mess...a very tight unit
with a bunch of strong tunes possessing a fine melodic edge...
(Crow's) tuneful vocals a major asset...songs are sufficiently strong
and original to avoid any accusations of pastiche"
- Shindig! Magazine
"**** of 5 stars. (The Electric Mess) have the vintage approach and
feel, they can write great songs and the band isn't afraid to hit ‘em
hard and make their music move... Anyone who wonders if there's
anything left to be said on the garage revival scene ought to give
The Electric Mess' debut a listen”
- Mark Deming - All-Music Guide
“The Electric Mess entertain as a unit and still keep the music heads
happy with their solid musicianship, a "too cool for words" repertoire,
and one of the most electrifying front men I have ever seen."
- Sal Nunziato- Huffington Post
The Electric Mess has the ability to transport you back in time. Their
new self-titled album is a sound that is unheard of these days....there
is no way not to be interested in these guys.
- Short and Sweet NYC
...as a debut album, could not be better. This is a record too valuable
to remain hidden.
- Rock Around the Blog
“THE ELECTRIC MESS, new to me, didn't disappoint. Great
personality from their frontman, who visually channels Cate
Blanchett's Bob Dylan. She has a real full throated shout of
a voice, perfectly suited to the classic 60's garage material...you're
not likely to take your eyes off her dance moves the whole set."
- George Cee (“SHIMMY”)- Garagepunknyc.com
"There is so much talent on stage, it's difficult to keep your
eyes on just one person. The Electric Mess entertain as a unit
and still keep the music heads happy with their solid musicianship,
a "too cool for words" repertoire, and one of the most electrifying
front men I have ever seen."
Sal Nunziato- Huffington Post / Burning Wood
"After a recent rift in the space/time continuum, the Electric Mess
have wasted no time in establishing themselves as the tri-state
area's preeminent purveyors of primitive '60s garage RAWK.
Led by the swaggering, gravel 'n' honey-voiced ladies man Chip
Fontaine (the paternity tests are in -- the lovechild of Brian Jones
& Grace Slick!), this rocket-fueled quintet's legendary live shows
provide the best acid flashback you can have on a budget. It's the
Electric Mess' world ... be grateful you're allowed to live in it!"
Randy Haecker- Sony Music
"GREAT psychedelic garage rock, great energy, presentation,
and f*ckin' funny too!"
Bill Kates- xm Radio