Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Rocket From The Crypt - Circa Now!


There was a time when this album was never far away from my player.  In fact, around the same time as Sugar's Copper Blue was being played, so was Circa Now!  These bands were the antithesis of grunge and certainly showed at the time that me there were more interesting places, musically speaking, than just Seattle.   

The band were introduced to me by a good friend Dave (g'day Dave - a different Dave to the previously mentioned one - we know a lot of 'em).  This San Diego 6 piece punk outfit included prominent use of saxaphone and lotsa cool song titles and were known for being a helluva live band.  Fans were also known to be rabid and often sported the RFTC logo of a rocket blasting out of crypt as a tattoo.  There was a rumor going around at the time that if you had one of these on you, it guaranteed you instant free entry into any of their gigs.  Unfortunately, the band called in a day in 2005 after 15 years.

It has been a long time between listens for this CD and the memories it brought back are terrific.  Circa Now! might not have aged quite as well as Copper Blue but it still feckin' rocks like a mofo, as best exemplified by tracks like Short Lip Fuser, Ditch Digger and Killy Kill.    They sound every bit as cool as they did, sigh, nearly 20 years ago. 



Oh, how can he even compare this to Sugar?  Bog-standard rock with largely unintelligible lyrics (thank goodness for that, though, with one refrain being "Where's my dinner?") I totally do not get how this can be described as anything but ordinary.  Especially as I heard tomorrow's review album (you'll have to come back for that one) straight afterwards.

Here's what I don't like about RFTC: it sounds muddy.  Again with the "lo-fi" meaning, basically, "we didn't really know much about mixing sound so we got my cousin Eddie to do it" - or at least that's what it sounds like.  And if I'd heard it 20 years ago my reaction would have been the same as it was today.


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  1. I owned Scream Dracula Scream but only really liked a couple of songs. I probably need to go back and listen to it again since it's been well over ten years since I last heard it.

  2. Chris, never heard Scream Dracula Scream but I might have to go see if I can.


  3. Check out a podcast review of Circa Now! by Rocket from the Crypt on Dig Me Out at, a weekly podcast dedicated to reviewing lost and forgotten rock of the 90s.