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A Conversation With Sal Canzonieri
by Samuel Barker
March 1, 2000


Samuel: What are the members' names and what do they do?

Sal Canzonieri: Steve Miller - vocals, Carl Porcaro - lead guitar, Sal Canzonieri - Rhythm guitar, Dan Canzonieri - bass, Rob Sefcik - drums.

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Samuel: I can't help but notice the extensive catalog of music, do all the members contribute songs or is it mostly in one members hands?

Sal: We all write the songs together, one person might start out a song with some parts and them everyone else helps to add more parts and work on the arrangements.

Samuel: It's impressive to see a band of only 9 years of age putting up this kind of consistent work at the blistering pace Electric Frankenstein is, do you guys ever feel overworked?

Sal: Yes, there is a big demand for our music in the indie music scene and many labels from all over the world contact us all the time. By releasing so many records on so many labels we are able to get at least one of our records in every record store worldwide and get some of our music heard by a lot of people, as a result we have sold over 100,000 records combined all over the world.

Samuel: Who are some of your greatest influences?

Sal: Dead Boys, NY Dolls, Johnny Cash, Alice Cooper, Kiss, AC/DC, Mott the Hoople, Led Zepplin, Misfits, etc.

Samuel: Who do you see as some of the more promising bands around today in your genre of music?

Sal: Supersuckers, Gaza Strippers, Cherry Valence, Hotbox, Lambs, Halfman, Streetwalkin' Cheetahs, Three Years Down, etc.

Samuel: The band has a really tight sound despite the regular member changes, do you guys spend a great deal of time working on your sound or is it more natural?

Sal: It is more natural, we always make sure we have people that have a lot of experience playing rock n roll for a long time.

Samuel: When hearing the new album, Annie's Grave, I was blown away at the great riffs you played. I was wondering who some of your main guitar influences were? And what kind of set up you use to get such a strong base sound?

Sal: Main guitar influences: Glen Buxton and Michael Bruce from Alice Cooper, both Guitarists from Free and bad Company, Ronnie Montrose from Montrose, Jimmy Page from Led Zep, all the guitarists from Mott the Hoople, Cheetah Chrome from Dead Boys. My guitar set up is: vintage Les Pauls from the 1970s, and vintage Marshall amps from the 1970s, that's it, all the work is done with my fingers, no pedals, no gadgets.

Samuel: You can't help but notice the horror movie theme of some of the songs, and the band itself, what are some of the bands favorite horror flicks?

Sal: All the old B&W Universal films like Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman, Creature from the Black Lagoon, etc., and also stuff like all the Planet of the Apes films, Andy Warhol's Flesh for Frankenstein & Blood for Dracula. Also: King Kong, Godzilla, etc.

Samuel: What would you name as some of the greatest things about playing in the New York music community?

Sal: Winning over the tough NY crowd that is really jaded. Also, that a lot of famous people come to see your shows (like Joey Ramone and so on).

Samuel: Playing for the last 9 year in the New York area, who are some of your favorite bands to watch/perform with?

Sal: Well, we only play NYC 2x a year, we are very popular all over so we play Europe and the West Coast more than we play NYC, actually. From NY I like these bands: Bullys, Nova Express, Bi-Sapiens, Mooney Suzuki, Napalm Stars, Star Spangles, Tijuana Bibles, Detox Darlings, etc.

Samuel: Are there any national tours coming up soon for the band?

Sal: Yeah, after the new album is done, after May, we go to the Northwest, the West Coast, Europe, and so on.

Samuel: What are the future release plans for Electric Frankenstein?

Sal: Hopefully to play Japan and Australia. Also to do an EF video game and an EF art book.

Samuel: Anything you'd like to add?

Sal: Join the New Rock Revolution - Support Real Rock N Roll.

Samuel Barker is Senior Editor. Contact him at suma@rockzone.com.

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