ARTIST: Rocket From The Crypt
TITLE: Circa: Now!
YEAR RELEASED: 1992
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: None for the album
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Were you into San Diego alternative rock in 1992-3?
LINEUP: Speedo, ND, Petey X, Apollo 9, Atom
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album by the San Diego underground rock band, but first with any real distribution and first with their horn section (though just a sax this time) and pseudonyms.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Rocket From The Crypt’s second album moves them into their most famous idiom (their first record, released in 1991, didn’t get any acclaim or notice and isn’t found anywhere – but it’s no loss I guess) – frenetic rock and roll with a horn section. Though there’s just one horn on this record (a sax played by Apollo 9), it adds an element that was missing from many punk and grunge compatriots in 1992.
Sometimes the freneticism leads to a chaotic mess, but that’s rock and roll, really. I’ll admit sometimes my appreciation for their energy wanes a bit, but on many songs it’s refreshing, and most songs are on point.
The band got noticed for their live shows and this record, and signed a deserved major label deal soon after this was released.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They recorded this during the LA riots in 1992 – at a studio in LA.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. Four bonus tracks that were initially going to be released by Interscope in 1993, but the master tape had serious issues. The drum tracks were re-recorded before the re-release.
GRADE: B+: Sometimes the energy overwhelms the songs, but it’s a good listen for those who like a little pep with a little sax and a little punk.