SchematicsFlight Plan Records
By Bobby Gorman
Imagine this: you’re a kid, maybe nine or ten years old. It’s Saturday, you did all your chores and you get your allowance in return. The money is burning a whole in your pocket; you don’t know what to do with it. The well educated person in you says “you should save this money. Put in the bank, gain interest and become rich off it in fourty to fifty years. Yes, that’s the right thing to do.” You soon realize that you’re actually ten and know nothing about interest or banks and can’t imagine being thirteen yet alone sixty. So you snap back into you proper ten year old self and run to 7-11 to spend that money on sweet, sugary candy. Your mom warns you not to eat it all at once, it’s not good for you and you’ll get cavities. Screw that, you want candy, so you devour it and count the days till next Saturday where you’ll get your allowance again and be able to consume even more of that sugary sweetness despite the pleads of your deal old ma.
That’s what Zolof The Rock and Roll Destroyer is. Sugary, sweet, and mindless pop that you really shouldn’t like or listen to but can’t help yourself: it’s just so damn fun. Addicting and insanely catchy,Schematics may be a tad too poppy for some listeners but anyone with any sort of a sweet tooth won’t be able to overlook it. The quartet delivers their mindless pop in such a way that can’t be ignore. Upbeat music laced with keyboards, synthesizers and high pitched guitar work, Schematics is nothing unique or innovative but well rounded enough to get everyone singing and dancing along with Rachel Minton and her band mates.
With only ten songs and clocking in at a mere twenty seven minutes, Schematics doesn’t fall victim to any filler. Instead, each song flows nicely between one another. Of course, some songs do stand out in the mix as opposed to others, but nothing really drags the record down either. There’s not a single song that is overly synthesized (something that could have easily destroyed the album) but instead is a nice mixture of pop, new wave and rock. Can’t Stand It blasts through with one of the catchiest choruses on the album and grabs the listener’s attention by switching from distinct Epoxiesish keyboards to a sparse drum beat for the final chorus. Death or Radio is easily the darkest track on the record, condemning the complacencies of radio listeners while I Did It throws the listener a curve ball with slightly serious overtone. The Moon & Mars and I’m A Rock & Roll Mess are the only songs that are hindered slightly by the overuse of synthesizers, but even they pull through in the end. It all works together for a contagious pop record through and through.
Zolof The Rock & Roll Destroy aren’t trying to change the world, but are just trying to throw some fun into it. Imagine Motion City Soundtrack merged with the goofyness of Reel Big Fish and you’ll be able to picture Schematics. At just under thirty minutes, some will complain that it’s far too short, but any longer could start to give you cavities; as it is, the album is fun and entertaining which gives the listener a nice reprieve from every day life.