For a band to say that their latest album is “the best thing we’ve ever done” is pretty standard promotional practice, but in the case of FRANKENSTEIN 3000 and their 2012 release Allerton Avenue, the cliché also happens to be a fact. After a year that saw them sharing the stage with such legends as David Johansen (New York Dolls), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Billy Rath (Johnny Thunder’s Heartbreakers), Urge Overkill and The Waldos (which features Walter Lure from Johnny Thunders’ Heartbreakers), FRANKENSTEIN 3000 recorded Allerton Avenue quicker and took more chances than on any previous album. Back up singers (on “Another Way”), horns (on “Coming Down (Mint Memo)”) and a psychedelic experiment (a cover of Love’s “The Red Telephone”) all come together to make the most adventurous yet most cohesive FRANKENSTEIN 3000 album to date. Allerton Avenue features the signature FRANKENSTEIN 3000 sound while at the same time expanding on everything that has come before it. “Caesar”, an homage to the 4:30 Movie, and the Johnny Thunders tribute “Thunder” can be described as “classic F3K”, but their take on the southern boogie of ZZTop’s “Heard It On The X” and the hardcore punkish “Bully” (clocking in at just 47 seconds) definitely break new ground for the band.
FRANKENSTEIN 3000’s Allerton Avenue began as a handful
of demos for a the upcoming film Let Me Down Hard. Most of
the music from 2011’s Method To Our Madness was written
for the film, too, but the director had requested very specific styles
for a few new scenes so the band got to work. FRANKENSTEIN 3000 didn’t
expect to follow up Method... so quickly, but before they
knew it they had a whole new album written— an album which plays
like flashbacks to singer/guitarist Keith Roth’s childhood.
Roth, along with guitarist Tommy Tafaro, drummer Clint Gascoyne and
bassist Eric Hoagland, has crafted a trip through the past with feet
firmly planted in the present and pointing toward the future.
"ESCAPE FROM PLANET OMEGA!"
Following hot on the heels of their early 2012 release, Allerton
Avenue, FRANKENSTEIN 3000 returns with Escape From Planet
Omega!, a collection of recordings from various sessions and
line ups... it’s what they intended their debut to be. The New
York City area band is finally happy with the Omega project,
more than 7 years in the making.
©2012 Frankenstein 3000 • Photo credit ©2010 Billy DeVizia