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.
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Performance CreditsSteriogram Primary Artist
Technical CreditsJoe 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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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.
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.
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.