The sounds of Infernophonic burn away the conventions and pretensions of an ailing industry, leaving behind a groove-laden, hook-heavy molten core that captures all the spirit and splendor of classic hard rock.
Formed in early ’06, Infernophonic is the brain-child of Kevin Bolembach, former Bassist for NJ doom-rock legends Non-Fiction. Seeking an outlet for his 70’s style sub-sonic assault, Bolembach cherry-picked the tri-state’s most formidable musicians to reincarnate the classic power trio of yesteryear. Lifting guitarist extraordinaire Pat Piegari from NYC femme-metale´ Lourds and A-list drummer Ross Kantor from his seat behind a plethora of area acts, all that remained was to find the voice that could contend with this awesome amount of firepower – enter Elaine Tuttle.
It's impossible to deny Elaine Tuttle's impressive, singular voice. With seemingly unlimited vocal ability she delivers clever, catchy, courageous melodies with unrelenting energy and cool confidence, bringing to mind legends like Aretha and Janis; Ann Wilson and Pat Benatar. A multi-dimensional creator of profound sounds both rhythmic and lyrical; inspiring and inspired; passionately powerful and deeply soulful, Elaine is much more than simply a singer - she is her voice.
A collection of diverse talents with a common goal, Infernophonic embodies the concept that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. The band members draw their inspiration from a laundry list of influences as wide ranging as Black Box and Black Sabbath, as diametric as Yes and No Means No. Unlike bands that “Frankenstein” multiple genres into unwieldy musical monsters, Infernophonic is unique in its ability to seamlessly blend a variety of sounds and styles into a potent presentation. Not easily lumped into the convenient categories of today, Infernophonic more readily draws comparisons to the multi-tasking rock giants of the past such as Deep Purple, Heart, and Led Zeppelin.
Following a long string of incendiary live shows around the northeast, Infernophonic caught the ear of Soulive drummer Alan Evans, who offered to produce the band’s debut album. “Spark it Up” was recorded and mixed at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY – a world-class facility that has housed such multi-platinum acts as Coheed & Cambria, King Crimson, and Modeski, Martin & Wood. Applehead’s blend of coveted vintage gear, clandestine recording techniques, and cutting edge mixing technologies proved to be the perfect vehicle for capturing Infernophonic’s ferocious live energy and preserving it for all to hear. Mastering at award-winning Turtletone Studios in NYC provided icing on an already tasty audio treat.
The material on “Spark it Up” highlights Infernophonic’s ability to locate a common denominator among various musical styles and multiply it to exponential effect. Expansive song structures spotlight the individual talents of each member as both songwriters and musicians without detracting from the power or performance of the band – a rare feat accomplished by few save the greatest of ensembles.
Musically adroit without overindulgence; heavy without the metal and effectively infectious without selling out to the pop (sub) standard so many other groups are ruled by, “Spark it Up” offers something for every listener. Whether it be fiery guitar solos that channel Hendrix (Thank You) and Page (Take Aim); Deep, dirty Bass grooves that span styles from Maiden (Yeah Yeah Yeah) to the Meters (Hear Me); or a pounding backbeat that would make Bonham (Karmakaze) or Paice (Be Here Now) proud, Infernophonic manages a spontaneous synthesis of sounds that runs the range of the audio alphabet from Audioslave to ZZ Top.
At the apex of this molten mountain of music sit the eloquent, effluent words of Elaine Tuttle. Her logical, accessible lyrical approach invites provocative pondering of universal themes that affect our lives daily. Whether inspiring self-love and independence (Anyone Else) or raising awareness and inciting action against inequity (Take Aim), Elaine fearlessly wears her heart on her sleeve to exemplify the benefits of self-expression and communication (Hear Me, Say Watcha Mean), boldly delving deep within to face the most basic human fears (Karmakaze, Be Here Now). Elaine leaves no social stone unturned, sharing a wealth of experience and wisdom reminiscent of her primary influences - Bob Marley and John Lennon.
Able to melt and meld a diverse audio arsenal to create a new sonic experience that excites as it ignites, Infernophonic is a breed apart – indefinable, undeniable, unforgettable. Spark one up, then “Spark it up” and embrace the fire.