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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