Electric Frankenstein - “How To Make A Monster (20th Anniversary Edition)” [Album Review]

Lance Marwood - Jul 04, 2019 at 09:00AM

Before the garage rock revival in the early 2000s, bands like Turbonegro and Electric Frankenstein were the original hallmarks of the genre. While Turbo took a hiatus in the late ‘90s until their reawakening in the mid-2000s, Electric Frankenstein endured, pushing themselves through that period and releasing more and more material, either in music or book form. They were early adopters of the internet medium for promoting themselves, one of if not the first group to have their very own website, and a legion of fans from around the world. It’s a rare pedigree that we’re left with. The sheer amount of output from the band, including literally over 100 singles, and over thirteen books of posters, album art, and design artwork, is a testament to their tenacity and will.

So it is natural that the band have re-released one of their most well-known, and simultaneously underrated albums, 20 years after its original release. How To Make A Monster could very well have been released today and still make a massive impact. It’s a highlight reel of punk, garage rock, heavy metal, and hard rock, both hard-nosed and irreverent in its execution. But most importantly, it’s a pleasure to listen to.

You want rock n’ roll that reminds you of the old days? Well, you got it right here. You want punk rock that’s blistering even while it’s cruising mid-tempo? This is it. You want hard, heavy riffs? I think you can guess the answer. How To Make A Monster was a brilliant release that embodied everything rock was only ever trying to be. The best part is that never changed. It’s still just as brilliant as it was 20 years ago, a Prometheus of the best parts of various genres, stitched together seamlessly and sparked once more by the band’s creative force.
You can catch them in Europe on tour this summer, and then later this year in North America. Otherwise, you have an album that’s been criminally under appreciated to delve into in the meantime.

How To Make a Monster (20th Anniversary Edition) Track Listing:

01. I Was A Modern Prometheus
02. Cut From The Inside
03. Speed Girl
04. Use Me
05. Friction
06. Feel The Burn (Chronic)
07. My World
08. Don't Know How To Stop You
09. Up From The Streets
10. Pretty Deadly
11. Something For The Pain
12. I'm Not Your (Nothing)
13. Phatty Boom Batty

Run Time: 35:18
Release Date: June 21, 2019
Record Label: Victory Records


Dan Canzonieri

Electric Frankenstein / The Hip Priests - Split (Speedowax - 7 "- 2019)

The Hip Priests and Electric Frankensteinhad already released a split-12 "in 2010. This is now for a lot of money in collector's hands. Well, just before the joint European tour, comes a split-7 ".

Electric Frankenstein had between 1995 and 2005 annually published at least one album and several split releases. No gap fillers, only hits! After that, the pace was down sharply. Generation Void and I'll be the Oneare the names of the two newest songs. Both very catchy and really good! Stylistically, nothing has changed in the Americans. Especially the solo on Generation Void is really catchy. I hope that apart from the two new songs, more will come from the band in the future.

The Hip Priests have just released their latest album Stand for Nothing (Review here) . Deja FU comes from this and is already one of the strongest numbers of the disc. Nihilist Twist is an ultra fast punk song. Also goes in damn well!

Translated from German


Dan Canzonieri

ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN - How to Make a Monster (Re-issue)

(Victory Records www.victoryrecords.com)

By Rich Quinlan

Well, I guess I am officially old; I remember sitting in my small, basement apartment twenty years ago writing a review of the new Electric Frankenstein record, How to Make a Monster. I distinctly recall thinking how this band was kicking rock n’ roll in its bored and tired face, and twenty years later, the impact is exactly the same. A scathing set of blistering garage rock with an uncanny ability to blend big choruses with unfettered speed and angst, How to Make a Monster can rightfully take its place as a true rock classic. From Steve Miller’s full-throated vocal delivery to the dual guitar power of Jim Foster and Sal Canzonieri, the songs only know one gear and the band is supremely tight. Capturing EF at perhaps their creative peak, Monster is a bluesy, greasy record that leaves you exhausted and bloodied, but it is impossible to not love every second of it, from the campy intro “I Was a Modern Prometheus” through the concluding 50s-tinged rocker, “Phatty Boom Batty”. While “Use Me” was an early favorite of mine, I find that many of the deeper tracks hold up with equal ease. “My World”, “Don’t Know How to Stop You” and the scorching “Something for the Pain” are flawless bursts of sarcastic, biting punk rock that does not shy away from the desire to balance speed with precision, as heard by the driving low end force of bassist Dan Canzonieri and drummer Ron Sefcik. “I’m Not Your Nothing” is an affirmation of revulsion accented by a defiant sense of pride and sums up this essential listen. Gather around children, EF is about to reintroduce to what rock should be.

Dan Canzonieri

Electric Frankenstein – How to Make a Monster (Reissue)

Electric Frankenstein party like its 1999 with the reissue of How to Make a Monster

June 24, 2019

By Billy Ho

In the late 90s when I spent a great deal of my spare time thumbing through punk rags like Flipside, I came across a few rock n’ roll bands that were on the ears of writers and readers as bands we had to hear and experience. Garage rock n’ roll, in particular, had a lot of crossover with punk, so it was only natural for punk scribes to find the appeal in the riff equivalent of dirty, Whiskey-drenched sleaze that these bands were known for. Column after column I read about Zeke, Nashville Pussy, and Electric Frankenstein. Zeke took Motorhead and doused it with gasoline, Nashville Pussy took sleaze to new heights, but for me, Electric Frankenstein was the perfect balance between rock n’ roll and punk.

My first Electric Frankenstein experience was their 1999 album How to Make a Monster; a bellowing, rage-filled record that was packed with searing hot riffs, dirty vocals, and at times, sludgy mid-tempo hard rock. This album smoked back in 1999, helped by songs like the rip-roaring opener “Cut From the Inside” and the Motorhead-esque “Speed Girl”, that found themselves next to the hard rock/metal tone of “Friction” and the slower, alternative-flavored “Pretty Deadly”. It also helped that as a big fan of the Kevin Smith movie Mallrats, the album’s closer “Phatty Boom Batty”, paid homage to one of the film’s most memorable scenes.

Now 20 years later, Victory Records and Electric Frankenstein are celebrating the album’s 20th anniversary by remastering and reissuing the record. The remaster sounds fantastic- with the remaster making the songs sound fuller, and with added low-end growl. There is no question the improved quality of the recording over its original 1999 release. The guitars sound crisper than they did on the original, and for once, a record sounding louder comes across as welcomed. There aren’t any new songs on here, but the reissue does include new artwork by Coop, new liner notes, as well as few new tidbits found inside. All of it is nice, but the main course of this is the record- and the songs are still as great as they were back in 1999 as they are today. A testament to the songwriting of Electric Frankenstein; not a lot of fuss and devoid of self-indulgent BS. How to Make a Monster is still exhilarating, dirty, and dangerous rock n’ roll. It is a sound, fueled by loud guitars and a “f*ck you” attitude that is as timeless and thrilling as the sound of turning that ignition key in a classic American muscle car.

(Victory Records)



20 Year Anniversary Remaster, Limited Edition Colored Vinyl with New Artwork and Extensive Liner Notes

Full Album To Be Played Live In Its Entirety

They never went away, but ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN is back celebrating the release of their 1999 masterpiece How To Make A Monster, with an all-new re-issue vinyl release. In addition to limited edition colored vinyl, the remastered album includes new artwork by friend and famed artist COOP, extensive liner notes by Joel Gausten with additional insights by Eddie Spaghetti (Supersuckers), Tony Reflex (Adolescents), Ace Von Johnson (Faster Pussycat), plus Captain Sensible (The Damned), a digital download and an 18″ x 24″ poster of COOP’s ‘Electric Bride.’ The vinyl comes in limited quantities of black/white/green mix and orange/yellow mix and can be heard on all streaming platforms.

“The re-release of How To Make A Monster was very important to us and we worked hard to make it something special for our fans,” confides bass player Dan Canzonieri. “It’s hard to believe this record is 20 years old! We are celebrating this release by performing the album live in its entirety for the very first time in Europe starting in July. Our US fans will be able to see us play the album later this year and we will post dates as soon as they are confirmed. This includes around two return to Europe in the fall.”

Originally released in 1999, the album was the band’s first for Victory Records. Self-produced by ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN, How To Make A Monster is a cesspool of ‘high octane punk rock, a blazing jam of stylishly low-slung rock and roll with attitude to the max,’ as described by Metal Hammer. In addition to playing some of the most dynamic, ravenous, and menacing rock you’ve ever heard, ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN recognizes the importance of integrity – from giving proper nods to the architects of street-level rock (Iggy and the Stooges, AC/DC), to fiercely supporting indie labels, to their constant efforts to put fans first ahead of profit, and their non-stop mission of battering in-your-face rock to packed venues across the world.

Listen to the album and order vinyl here.


July 9th – Live at Lola – Grongingen, Netherlands

July 10th – Jugendhaus Schonau – Mannheim, Germany

July 11th – Wild At Heart – Berlin, Germany

July 12th – Monkeys Music Club – Hamburg, Germany

July 13th – SJOCK Festival – Gierle, Belgium

July 14th – Freak Show – Essen, Germany

July 15th – L’imposture – Lille, France

Dan Canzonieri