Schmack

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Much like Weezer and Sum 41 before them, these New Zealanders try very hard to reconcile the dream of arena-rock deism and the reality of innate geekiness -- and on this debut, they manage to fuse the two surprisingly seamlessly. Schmack doesn't offer up any deep thoughts or groundbreaking sounds, but on songs like "Walkie Talkie Man," frontman Tyson Kennedy gnaws through the infectious guitar hooks with a grin so cockeyed that it's hard to resist. He ramps up the macho a bit more on the title track, a funk-metal concoction that calls to mind vintage Fishbone, replete with all the over-the-top energy that band once exuded. Like all good funny-punks, Steriogram aren't ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Much like Weezer and Sum 41 before them, these New Zealanders try very hard to reconcile the dream of arena-rock deism and the reality of innate geekiness -- and on this debut, they manage to fuse the two surprisingly seamlessly. Schmack doesn't offer up any deep thoughts or groundbreaking sounds, but on songs like "Walkie Talkie Man," frontman Tyson Kennedy gnaws through the infectious guitar hooks with a grin so cockeyed that it's hard to resist. He ramps up the macho a bit more on the title track, a funk-metal concoction that calls to mind vintage Fishbone, replete with all the over-the-top energy that band once exuded. Like all good funny-punks, Steriogram aren't afraid to beat a joke into the ground, and they get their kicks in style on the chubby-chasing "Fat and Proud" which sounds kinda odd coming from a beanpole like Kennedy and "Big Lady Loving" a "Stacy's Mom" for the plus-size set. Guitarists Brad Carter and Tim Youngson keep the riffs flowing fast and furious, which helps keep the songs on track, but Kennedy is the unquestioned focal point, rapping and raving with beer-drenched abandon. Sure, there's plenty of shtick in the grooves of Schmack, but any band that can pull off -- via "White Trash" -- a Hallmark-ready ode to the mullet is hard to hate.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
What the world needs now is another Sum 41, only from New Zealand this time. Steriogram understand this. Capitalizing on the international clamor, the Kiwi fivesome have delivered a clattering, campy, gloriously in-the-moment scrapheap of riffs and attitude called Schmack!. Like all scrapheaps, the album has its fair share of useless filler. But, like the Sums, the boys in Steriogram have a particular flair for pinning outsized metal riffs and impossibly generic white-boy raps onto a punk-pop framework, and making the whole mess work. Well, it works in two-minute doses, anyway. "Walkie Talkie Man" introduces gawky MC Tyson Kennedy's snarky patter -- he sounds like Scrappy Doo with Red Bull wings Kennedy's first line: "Well you're walkin' and a talkin' and a movin' and a groovin' and a hippin' and a hoppin'...". Musically, the track is paint-by-numbers modern rock, built entirely from a guitar hook and clever production. Thank Sugar Ray- and Sublime-helming veteran David Kahne for that. He understands how much Kennedy's delivery flirts with being irritating, and throughout Schmack! he cleverly plays his presence off the more traditional chorus vocals of Brad Carter. From the blathering funk metal of the title track to the absolutely cartoonish "Fat and Proud" -- which is as close as this combo ever gets to a rallying statement -- Steriogram chew up early, freakout period Red Hot Chili Peppers and spits it out for the attention-span-less new millennium, skewed young with sugary guitar parts and plenty of pop-culture tomfoolery. The bomb track here? "White Trash." An anthem built from busted amplifiers, discarded Wal-Mart shelving, and fast-food garbage-dump detritus, "Trash" could not have been written in the pre-Joe Dirt era. "You should see my hairdo/Dyed it jet black/Well it's short on the top and" -- wait for it -- "long in the back." It's ironic and triumphant all at once, celebrating low culture even as it plants a foot in its face for the el-cheapo laugh. It defines the disposable yet lovable dichotomy of Steriogram, and should give their suspect staying power a nice growth spurt.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2003
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 724359360423
  • Catalog Number: 754174
  • Sales rank: 237,861

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Road Trip (2:59)
  2. 2 Walkie Talkie Man (2:13)
  3. 3 Schmack! (2:25)
  4. 4 Was the Day (2:13)
  5. 5 White Trash (3:44)
  6. 6 In the City (2:41)
  7. 7 Go (2:56)
  8. 8 Fat and Proud (3:27)
  9. 9 Tsunami (3:01)
  10. 10 Wind It Up (3:14)
  11. 11 Be Good to Me (2:59)
  12. 12 On and On (6:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steriogram Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Joe Barresi Engineer
Rob Brill Programming
David Kahne Programming, Producer, Engineer
Michel Gondry Concept, Video Director
Mary Fagot Art Direction
Tim Youngson Composer
Brad Carter Composer
T.C. Kennedy Composer
Jason Mariani Programming
Julie Fong Video Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Completely Different

    This is an awesome cd by Steriogram. If you like punk or rock at all you need to check this out. The best songs are Tsunami, Walkie Talkie Man, Fat and Proud, and finally White Trash.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWSOME

    I saw these guys live just a few nights ago. They were awsome they played the ever so cool AC/DC Back in Black and 3 of there other songs before the headlineing bands came out but they were very good and had a very exciting show. I met them after the show and they were very nice. So buy this CD if you want to listen to some good music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    sounds good and different

    It may be much if you want mellow, but if you are ready for something new, different, and fast then this is the band for you. it's great guitar and beats meets fast talking.

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