"A small collection of miscellaneous debris recovered from the wreckage".
"Energizer is definitely worth a listen, especially if you're into 90s shoegaze or even meldocially inclined noise music."
-- KAMP Student Radio (Univ of AZ)
Sciflyer’s Energizer is a five-song collection of lost tracks that have been reborn. The first of these tracks was “Energizer”, which was part of a recording session from 2003 after the Melt period. Also found within this mix of lost songs was a very different version of “You’re From the Ocean” from the one on Fair Weather Karma. “Letting Go of Everything” is a left-over piece from the sessions that resulted in They Only Believe in the Moon, which was released in 2014. “Beyond the Event Horizon” is a live version of a track from the now disowned 2001 self-titled album. “Time Bomb” is a track left off The Age of Lovely, Intimate Things back in 2005. Steve Kennedy, the driving force behind Sciflyer, says that Energizer is a “small collection of miscellaneous debris recovered from the wreckage.” What is apparent, however, is that Sciflyer’s wreckage is hardly undeserving of praise.
“Energizer” begins this five-song EP with jangly, bright guitars and rattling open high hat. The bass line is driving and sits nicely in the pocket. Thematically, Kennedy is pleading, perhaps, to someone he’s attracted to, whether a character in a song or an expression of real life. He sings “Energize me/I want you to tune me in/turn me on/stop my time/I want you to fuck me up/burn me down/I bet you could blow my mind”. Everything here is bright, shiny, mind-bending, and slightly dreamy with vocals sunk deep into the mix for flavor. “You’re From the Ocean [Totally Alternate Version]” is aggressive with driving bass and drums and loud walls of sound. Kennedy’s vocals are more up front although still awash in reverb. The bridge in this track is particularly noticeable in all the right ways. The lyrics, a sort of call to reject a problem person or situation, are on par with the tone of the song in general.
“Letting Go of Everything” is a slow, dreamy piece with Kennedy whispering to the listener through lightly strummed guitar, stripped down drums, and subtle bass. The melancholy nature of the track is reflected in the lyrics, “begin today I’m letting go of everything/you can play but it’s all just confusion/you might win but it’s all the still the same”. “Beyond the Event Horizon” happens to be one of my favorite Sciflyer songs and this live rendition of the tune demonstrates the band’s prowess live and in action. It’s explosive and the live recording is of a great quality. The driving bass and drums and the incredible guitar hooks in this track are addictive and expertly executed. “Time Bomb” begins full and moves into a sort of dreamy, muddied up quietness. There is a brightness here alongside more depressing lyrics, which reflects what Sciflyer delivers on The Age of Lovely, Intimate Things. It’s a piece punctuated by bright guitar moments and crashing cymbals that lift the listener out of the slower moments.
I’m personally grateful that Steve Kennedy resurrected these tracks from the wreckage. More Sciflyer is always good and these five songs are glorious snapshots into the various eras of the band. This EP spans the band’s career, from the Self-Titled all the way to the most recent They Only Believe in the Moon. Pick it up!
-- SOMEWHERE COLD
released November 11, 2015
Steven Kennedy - guitars, pedals, vocals
Kimberly Oberly - bass
Roger Chandler - drums
Scott Eberhardt - drums (track 3)
I want you to tune me in / turn me on / cross my wires…I want you to hook me up / learn my dials…I need you to start that fire…I want you to set me up / tear me down / bring that change…I want you to gear me up / spin me 'round…I think you should test my range…energize me...I want you to tune me in / turn me on / stop my time…I want you to fuck me up / burn me down…I bet you could blow my mind…energize me.
Track Name: You're From The Ocean (Totally Alternate Version)
you don't understand a word you say...i sure could listen right along...i'm not gonna play along with this crusade...i'm going home...throw yourselves in...(it'll be so great)...it's something about electricity...and night and day appear the same...i'm not gonna play along with this parade...feel no pain...throw yourself in...to the ocean...from the ozone...hazy notion...so crawl back/you go back...to the ocean...and it goes on...that's where you're from.
Track Name: Letting Go Of Everything
i'm here to say i'm letting go of everything...doesn't matter now what happens to me...begin today i'm letting go of everything...you can play but it's all just confusion...you might win but it's all still the same...you might say that i'm out of my question...do you know my name?...you can fly but you might drop your halo...you can run but it's always too slow...you might feel like a rock & roll hero...that shows what you know.
Track Name: Time Bomb
i've been worrying about everything...dreaming about nothing...i couldn't help you when it really mattered...perfectly useless, bordered on pointless...i couldn't help you when it really mattered...i was looking for something that i know does not exist...should not have come back but i couldn't resist...and you were overly-confident...bordered on arrogant...you couldn't help me when it really mattered...tainted and temporal like all things ephemeral...you couldn't help me when it really mattered...you were looking for something that you know isn't true...you shouldn't have come back but it was all you could do...don't it feel like a crime?...i've been worrying about everything...dreaming of nothing...no one can help us, not that it really matters...tainted and temporal like all things in general...no one can help us now that it really matters...and don't it feel like the time of your life?