Review Fix Exclusive: Ryan “Cosmonaught” Michalski & Juan “Punchy” Gonzalez Talk F.M. Stereo

Review Fix chats with Cosmic Punch’s Ryan “Cosmonaught” Michalski and Juan “Punchy” Gonzalez, who discuss their new album F.M. Stereo. A part of successful groups Space King, Dead Dark Slide and Diet Worms, the duo brings together a classic rock sound that will remind listeners of everyone from the Beach Boys to The Beatles.

Review Fix: There’s such a huge amount of audio flavors on the album that it’s almost impossible to classify the band in a genre. If you had to, what would it be and why?

Juan “Punchy” Gonzalez: We are a radio rock band. Designed for lovers of music and played by lovers of music.

Ryan “Cosmonaught” Michalski: Beatles meets Foo Fighters that would be the best way to describe the music

Review Fix: Who’s an artist on your iPod that you love, but scared to admit it to the world? Why?

Gonzalez: I refuse to own any electronic device that requires proprietary software to operate. I also refuse to be scared of my musical tastes. That is why there is chocolate and vanilla ice cream. But the music I listen to is a large cross section. Everything gets listened to, but not everything is enjoyed…ike the rapper break in the Katy Perry’s “Darkhorse” song. I skip to the next track as soon as that idiot starts ruining the song.

Michalski: Culture club the first album I ever bought in the 80s and love it, with their fun pop sound of the 80s- makes it wonderful.

Review Fix: What’s on your musical bucket list?

Gonzalez: Jamming or at least speaking to Paul McCartney, Brian May, or Tom Scholz

Michalski: To win a MTV music award and to also record a live unplugged album.

Review Fix: Where does your sound come from? What inspires it?

Gonzalez: My grandfather’s plastic-mono-AM-tube clock radio. It was all the inspiration I needed.

Michalski: My sound comes from a little 15 year old boy inside who is starving for attention; not really sure where the sound comes from but when it comes out it comes out in waves

Review Fix: What’s the band’s creative process like?

Gonzalez: Lyrics usually come first, then they inspire the direction of the song. We have Cubase, a mixer, and an old Gateway we write on. Thank the maker for VST instruments.

Michalski: We can’t give that secret out; that’s a very tough question and we really don’t have a formula or how we do it we kind of right outside and sit down and working it out.

Review Fix: Any song on the album have cool stories behind them? Can you tell us one?

Gonzalez: Every song is written about an actual person. Going into these stories may violate my “Love Parole.”

Michalski: “She’s a Girl.” The story behind the song is about Courtney Love; she inspired that song. I was listening to Hole and here comes out “She’s a Girl.”

Review Fix: What are the band’s goals for the rest of the year?

Gonzalez: More recording and performing live with new members to be added.

Michalski: Start working on new songs and doing shows. We will be at Fanboy in Tampa, FL in September signing autographs.

Review Fix: How do you want this album to be remembered?

Gonzalez: As the launch pad for WORLD DOMINATION and the fundamental change of the Universe as we know it. That may be a lofty dream, but I will settle for a better budget on the next one.

Michalski: I a really cool rocking way; to have people think of this album as something amazing.

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Patrick Hickey Jr. is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of ReviewFix.com and is the author of the upcoming book, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers," from leading academic and non-fiction publisher McFarland and Company. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Journalism Program at Kingsborough Community College and is a former News Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media and a National Video Games Writer at the late Examiner.com. He has also had articles and photos published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Complex and The Syracuse Post-Standard. Love him. Read him.

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