Since forming in 2007, The Electric Mess have developed into an exciting and tight rock n' roll band, led by an androgynous
and dynamic lead singer, Chip Fontaine (aka Esther Crow).
The Huffington Post has said "The Electric Mess entertain as a unit and still keep the music heads happy with their solid musicianship, a "too cool for words" repertoire, and one of the most electrifying front men I have ever seen."
Their self-titled debut album, featuring the songs "You've Become a Witch," "Trash Talkin' Woman," and "She Has a Funny Walk," received excellent reviews and made numerous "Best of 2010" lists. All 13 of its tracks have been heard on the radio, both in the U.S. and internationally, including Rodney Bingenheimer's "Rodney on the ROQ" (KROQ, Los Angeles), "Little Steven's Underground Radio Show" (Sirius/XM), and "Nights with Alice Cooper" (syndicated radio show).
Shindig! said: "There are a wide range of influences, including British Invasion, 60's garage, R&B, and psych, but it sure ain't
a mess... a very tight unit with bunch of strong tunes possessing a fine, melodic edge. This is a fine debut."
All-Music Guide: "**** of 5 stars: "(The Electric Mess) have the vintage approach and feel, they can write great songs, and the band isn't afraid to hit ‘em hard and make their music move... Anyone who wonders if there's anything left to be said on the garage revival scene ought to give The Electric Mess' debut a listen."
In 2011, Rowed Out Records (UK) issued a 7", featuring "You've Become a Witch/Trash Talkin' Woman" and "You've Become a Witch" was featured on the CD/LP compilation "Hipsters Vol. 3" (read about it on modculture.com)
on Acid Jazz Records (UK), May, 2012
Like their debut, their second album, "Falling Off the Face of the Earth," was recorded at The Church in Brooklyn, engineered and mixed by David Horowitz (The Above), and mastered by punk legend Ivan Julian (Richard Hell and the Voidoids). 12 of its 13 have already been heard on radio stations across the U.S. and in Japan, England, France, Scotland, and Germany. It was released on vinyl June, 2012, from Groovie Records, and is also available on CD and iTunes download.
REVIEWS FOR "FALLING OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH":
Rock Around the Blog (Portugal):
"...comes packed with the same feverish kind of 60’s garage psychedelic punk explosion (as their debut), continuing to keep some of the fascinating characteristics of the music of The Electric Mess... it's a brutal menacing voyage to the sound of psychedelic escape with the sheen of punk as redemption, fueled by the thundering divine beat of 60's Garage."
"...if a swirling organ, 100mph grooves, screaming guitars, a driving rhythm section and an authentic 60s-style production is right up your street, you’ll love this album... there isn’t a duff tune on here. If you love late ’60s garage or are a fan of Paisley Underground you’ll probably be a fan of this too."
The Vinyl District (USA):
"New York’s The Electric Mess are a garage band, but not in the contemporary sense of the term. No, this group could easily soundtrack any number of the dreams that have unraveled on the back of Lenny Kaye’s beautiful eyelids. It’s the unfettered sound of the ‘60s one-hit Farfisa drenched wonder also known as Nuggets, and on Falling Off the Face of the Earth, they largely do right by it."
June 29 issue of "The Santa Fe New Mexican"
"...the Mess’ basic sound is based on the mid-’60s Nuggets-era sound of fuzz and Farfisa put through the punk-rock grinder. This album rocks even harder than the group’s self-titled 2010 debut."
"...an orgy of old school garage punk bursting with Farfisa...a delightfully wonky side that ends up winning membership of the listener... energy, The Electric Mess has it in spades, the group linking the tracks with this sense of urgency which animates those who usually do not know what tomorrow will bring... Fun Fun Fun."
Rif Rock (Spain):
I already had long been waiting for this, and finally last week came to my hands. This is the second album of New Yorkers The Electric Mess, probably the best part of a new generation of revival scene in NYC. Furious garage, power-punk rock, rhythmic beat, beautiful voices and psychedelia acid games.... Tremendous disc."
Nosotros Somos Los Muertos (Spain):
"I expected this album as rain in May since I heard his impressive self-titled debut... The garage, punk, rock'n'roll and R & B come together in powerful new album."
"...ear-piercing Farfisa, raucous guitars, driving rhythms and sneering vocals... echoing the surge of original punk that rocked a thousand suburban basements... suggests earlier revivalists like the Lyres and Three O’Clock, period inspirations Question Mark and the Mysterians, and half the bands who’ve appeared on Nuggets and Pebbles collections. Great original songs, blazing guitar riffs with neo-psych shades."
Kick Out the Jams (Spain):
"From the streets of NY, The Electric Mess remind me of the bands that created the scene around Midnight Records record shop in the Big Apple...thirteen songs that move through the garage punk label perfectly...a band that makes a wall of sound 60's with total conviction."
From Burning Wood (USA)
"...uncompromising and unpretentious sounds of the great garage bands of the 60s, without ever skimping on musicianship. The Mess can
play... songs that catch fire right out of the gate and conjure images of The Yardbirds, the 13th Floor Elevators, The Stooges, and at times, even early Stones... Esther Crow is up front, singing, howling, and begging. She is soulful and contagious."
From Ice Cream Man Power Pop and More (Ding Ding) (UK):
"Gorgeous gem... really cool sixties styled garage pop punk... will have you dancing in some way shape or form all night long... one hell
of an album and will make a few 'Album of the Year' spots."
FALLING OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH on the radio:
6 O'Clock YATSURA – 76.1 InterFM (Japan)
La Trafalgar Radio Show (France)
The Leopard Print Lounge w/Jenni WORT 89.9FM (Madison, WI)
The Zero Hour w/Andy Turner WMSE 91.7FM (Milwaukee, WI)
The Cherry Blossom Clinic w/Terre T, WFMU 91.1FM (New Jersey/NY)
Bill Kelly's Teenage Underground, WFMU 91.1FM (New Jersey/NY)
The Razor and Di Show, WLUW-FM 88.7 (Chicago)
The Whole Lotta Shakin' Show, w/Mike Murray, WRUR 88.5 (Rochester)
The Optical Sound with Mike Sin, WFMU 91.1FM (New Jersey/NY)
Beyond Beyond is Beyond w/Mike Newman, East Village Radio (NYC)
MEGAWATTS radio show, w/Jef Megawatts, 98.2FM Radio Aube & Seine (France)
Journey to Time w/Ricky Toner, East Coast FM (Scotland)
Yeah Right Radio (European Web Radio)