'Rockamania 1' turned up
• "I'm feeling the night now/so let's turn the volume up LOUD," Steve Miller (not THAT Steve Miller) wails on "That's All I Need," an ode to rock 'n' roll on the new split LP between Electric Frankenstein and The Cheats.
Loud is the only reasonable way to listen to "Rockamania 1," the hard-hitting eight-song collection from the New Jersey and Pittsburgh punks.
Eric Corbin, who's issuing the LP on his Screaming Crow Records, says it was a natural pairing.
"Todd [Porter] and those guys [from the Cheats] have played with Electric Frankenstein like a hundred times over the years. Every time they come to Pittsburgh or other close cities they would play together. We got to know Sal [Canzonieri, founder and guitarist] and reached out to him, and they hadn't released anything in probably a couple years, and were like, 'Hell yeah, let's do it.' "
EF has done a number of such collaborations over the years, but "The EF/Cheats split is something I was looking forward to doing for a long time," Mr. Canzonieri says. "Todd from the Cheats has always been supportive of EF and a good friend. So, we wanted to do a split record that has brand new songs on it to show our appreciation."
Electric Frankenstein, formed in 1991 with members of The Thing, Gutter Kids and Christian Death, among others, takes its cues from such bands as The Dead Boys (which they cover here on "Son of Sam"), the Damned, the Ramones, the Stooges and MC5.
The Cheats take a similar thrashy punk approach, topped by the growling vocals of Mr. Porter, whose long resume going back to the mid-'80s includes Eviction and Silver Tongued Devil. The Cheats take The Backstreet Girls' "Loaded" for a rough ride on the split.
Mr. Canzonieri says he likes the format "because I like to introduce people to new bands that they might not have heard of yet, but that complement our music nicely. Also, I do them with record labels that I really like, which helps them showcase a band on their label while still doing a record with EF as well."
The Cheats and Electric Frankenstein play a release show at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Altar Bar with Thunder Vest and Legendary Hucklebucks. Admission is $10. www.thealtarbar.com.
Help for Hendricks
• Karl Hendricks is well known here as the talented leader of the internationally known Karl Hendricks Trio, the owner of Sound Cat Records in Bloomfield, a former English instructor at the University of Pittsburgh and a family man.
He is also known as an incredibly soft-spoken, thoughtful and unassuming guy.
Sadly, he's been battling oral cancer this year and has been unable to work.
In light of that, his friends have launched a GiveForward campaign to help him and his family get through the hard time and the medical bills.
"He's a quiet guy, not one to draw attention to himself and certainly not a person who is comfortable asking for help in this fashion," Jon Solomon writes on the GiveForward page (giveforward.com). "His friends, however, aren't as reserved."
Along with the online campaign, there will be a series of benefit shows featuring friends and artists that Mr. Hendricks has worked with, including members of Silkworm and Scrawl:
Aug. 22 at Brillobox, Bloomfield: Line Forms, Tim Midyett (Bottomless Pit/Silkworm), DAMA/LIBRA, Andy Cohen (Bottomless Pit/Silkworm), The Gotobeds, Carousel. $10 or more.
Aug. 23 at 2950 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio: Marcy Mays (Scrawl), Sue Harshe (Scrawl/Ft Shame), Andy Cohen (Bottomless Pit/Silkworm), Tim Midyett (Bottomless Pit/Silkworm), Kyle Sowash, Lizard McGee (Earwig), more. $7.
Sept. 27 at Modern Formations, Garfield: Readings by Jason Baldinger, Kris Collins, Jerome Crooks, Lori Jakiela, Jeff Martin, Dave Newman, Bobby Pajich, Scott Silsbe. Hosted by Red Bob. Karl's short story chapbook "Stan Getz Isn't Coming Back" will be repressed in an edition of 100 copies for this reading. $7/sliding scale.
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