The second half of the night (after a bit of a delay) began with the original crash band themselves, Sykotyk Rampage, in their first Canadian appearance since the Kiss Battle of the Bands three years ago! Their set last night, which seemed somewhat longer than most of their recent shows, was different from it's inclusion of more songs we don't hear much live, while condensing most of their set-ending drinking songs into a medley to start their set. I wonder why they did that, especially as those songs are generally among their most popular? As a result, recently infrequent songs like "Sweet Young Thing" and "Never Ever Life" made it into their set, and by the end, more fans were into their more aggressive material, including Dirk Becker dropping the guitar to go into a fury during "Lowest of the Low"! The members were on form from their more recent concerts, and it was good seeing Dirk sing more, so for what it was, their alternative blues/hard rock stylings went over nicely! It would be nice to see the traditional drinking songs back next time out though.
Rob figures Sault Metal Scene http://saultmetalscene.blogspot.ca
Second on the band roster was local "blue Chinese metal crash punk" quartet Sykotyk Rampage! and in terms of their lineup, former The Fury bassist Tony Briglio was there last night filling in for Brian Cattapan for a second straight concert, and he added well for their set, especially when compared to last year's bass-less set at the previous after-party! Their set last night was neatly divided between their drinking songs (including their crowd favourite rendition of "Fuck You, I'm Drunk") and a selection of non-drinking originals (including "Acreage") that they lyrically modified to feature zombie references, which fit the theme of the night! At least that factors in zombies into their live set, as even if they played songs from their "Zombiez" album, there'd be no connection beyond the song titles. Musically, they sounded at their sykotyk best, with Paul Becker's husky barking fitting well over Shane Kokis & Dirk Becker's alternative riffs, but I missed Dirk-sung originals, and there was some odd audio glitches that made it sound like they were being censored at times. Overall though, Sykotyk Rampage were fun, as always!
By: Rob Figures Sault Metal Scene c 2012 http://saultmetalscene.blogspot.ca/
I recently saw the local band Sykotyk Rampage play at the KISS Battle of the Bands contest where they offered up their brand of Sykotyk "muzyk". You could see that the audience didn't know what to expect from the band and watched with curiosity as the band kicked out 2 of it's original songs. I can easily say they are local garage rock pioneers and that night stood out as being the most original sounding. This band has released over 20 albums. Yes kids, over 20 albums and a new one on the way. What does that tell you? It tells me these guys love music and creating it, and that nothing will stop them from blessing the world with it.
I've known guitarist/ vocalist Dirk Becker since our days in highschool so when I asked him if he wanted to take part in this "Attack of the Garage Bands" thread, he jumped on it and contributed all the info below, so enjoy this article on how they create their "punkish, Zappa meets the Ramones, Sykotyk rockisms" from one of the true pioneers of local garage rock.
"Creating music for Sykotyk Rampage has basically been the same since its inception in the 80’s, we just plug-in and start crafting music. All the lyrics and music are created as we play, and recorded live. No editing out guitars, lyrics, mistakes...it all happens for a reason, no redo’s no overdubs, just us creating live music as we have done for 30 years.
We each have a shure vocal microphone that has a noise gate between 45d/60d. The main vocals for the songs are created by the Drummer Paul as he plays drums and sings at the same time – an amazing feat just in itself…let alone creating the music and lyrics at the same time. Occasionally I will sing a song, but mostly it is Paul’s creativity that drives the direction of the song and music. One of the guitar players, Shane or me, will start a “riff”…rhythm then we just flow through the creative process; from one new mantra right into another usually with numerous changes of genres. We have played together for so long now that it comes natural to “know” the inflections and dynamic changes of each other.
The drums, guitars, vocal microphones and if we have a bass player they are all routed into a 12 channel peavey non-powered sound board. There is a vocal effects off-board compressor/noise gate system. The sound board is the mixer for recording, it takes a while to set the tones, peaks, vocal effects, and levels but basically they are set the same for each session. We usually play once a week, either as a recording session or an actual band practice if we are going to play somewhere.
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The drum kit has 6 dedicated drum microphones Snare, kick, tom left, tom right, floor toms, and 1 cymbal overhead, they are all tight to the sound resonant zones. The kick and overhead have direction covers to cut background noise. Each microphone is level separate, with the kick having a high peak zone, and the cymbals and high hat at low peaks. On the kick and right toms a small amount of effects usually running at level 1. The guitar amps- crate 2 12”speakers 150watt, and Ibanez 150 watt 4 10” speakers stack external mic’d 6 inches from the speaker. On the sound board they are at peak level 1. point 2 flat tones, no effects, .5 gain Shane and I are both using a zoom pedal systems between amp and guitars. Guitars are a telecaster, and a hagstrom swede. Bass amp is direct out to the board, that way there is more control over tones and volume peak levels.
Recording is into a computer that is running a program called Gold Wave (http://www.goldwave.com/), and is recorded in stereo. Volume and gain levels from the board are levelled in the computer by an analogue metering system. Tones are metered by a digital graphic control. Basically I just set it up and we play and record live, we may play 10 or 15 new songs in a 3 hour session, 5 are junk, 5 are good, 5 are amazing. I take the songs chop them to length, equalize them and that’s it…what you hear is raw Sykotyk Rampage, all music and lyrics created and recorded live. Recording the way we do, we don’t actually “write” the music, ever. We will then take a song and learn it after it is done, learn it for when we play live. With a song catalogue in the thousands, so many songs have not been released; we could pump out an album a month, which I don’t have time to do. The songs that go on the albums are just random, from a few recording sessions. We actually think of an album name then find the songs to fill it from the recording catalogue.
The newest album “Bella Disgusta” was thought of on the beach by Brian and Paul back in 2009. The last album “22” was called that by Shane for the only reason that it was our 22nd album. We have a double album with completed songs, “Genius Mushrooms with Thoughts of Intellect” which will be released in September; we thought of a theme and ideas for it then just made the music. It’s in post production right now. Well that’s how Sykotyk Rampage makes Blues Chinese Metal Crash Punk consistently for the past 30 years and always thinking of new ways to give people brain tumours with our own version of garage rock!
a definite high Posted by sykotykrampage on Dec 06, 2009
Let me just say this: For the sheer entertainment value of the band,Sykotyk Rampage deserved to advance! The songs were amusing, theiron-stage energy was at... a definite high
(MUCH higher than the Octobershow at The Outback), and they seemed to really enjoy playing in frontof this crowd! Gotta love drummer/vocalist Paul Becker rallying thecrowd and encouraging them to get a drink before they played! With a 21album back catalog, they stuck to classic standbys "Drinking On TheWeekend" and "Called In Dead", which worked just fine! No clear breakeither, so they got lots of music in! Great set, hopefully more peoplehave been introduced to "blue Chinese metal crash punk"!
Written by Rob Figures
from Sault Metal Scene http://saultmetalscene.blogspot.com/
Sykotyk recording new album Posted by sykotykrampage on Jul 07, 2009
Sykotyk recording new album Sykotyk Rampage is in the midst of recording new album, to be called 22, because as Shane said "we don't have an album with a number" Once again, the band is in the cave sessioning-out another album for 2009, this one is going to be a stunner...raw powerful music...made the way Rampage always makes music -from the HIP! 0 Comment(s) | Post a Comment | Permalink
----------------------------- SYKOTYK RAMPAGE LIVE Posted by sykotykrampage on Apr 12, 2009
SYKOTYK RAMPAGE LIVE Host: SYKOTYK RAMPAGE Type: Music/Arts - Performance Network: Global Start Time: Friday, April 24, 2009 at 10:00pm End Time: Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 10:00pm Location: Madison's Restaurant Street: 704 Pine St. City/Town: Sault Sainte Marie, ON 0 Comment(s) | Post a Comment | Permalink new band member... Posted by sykotykrampage on Apr 12, 2009 ENVIRON-MENTAL SUITES NOT INCLUDED ALL MUSIC RECORDED LIVE MUSIC AND LYRICS MADE UP AS WE PLAY