Atomic Swindlers

Selected quotes from the Rock and Roll Report - April 5th 2007 review of the Atomic Swindler's CD "Coming Out Electric"

"In this day and age of disposal 99 cent singles on iTunes it is nice to find an album that benefits from a listen from beginning to end."

"this is very cool and raunchy rock and roll with a heavy dollop of sexuality mixed in with those razor-sharp guitar riffs."

"And with lines like “I like the way your name feels in my mouth” (from “Sex66” a wonderfully crunchy glam-rock masterpiece) this band aims for the surreal sense-surround sound of a type of rock and roll that is increasingly difficult to find. That they pull it off with such a sense of casual disinterest and yet impeccable production and musical chops is a testament to how good this CD really is."

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Selected quotes from the College Criers' February 2007 review/interview with the Atomic Swindlers' lead singer April Laragy.

"It's so much hotter than what's being played on top 40 it's mind boggling."

"And while it may be true that there is nothing new in this world, the Swindlers occupy a another space where this law does not apply."

"There is a spectacle on the stage called April Laragy. She may be the alternative energy source we're looking for."

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Selected quotes from Popmatters.com's October review/interview with the Atomic Swindlers' lead singer April Laragy

"Melding musical genres that include psychedelic, garage, glam, and pop, Atomic Swindlers have carved a niche that transcends all of these"

"channeling Bowie’s stellar lyrics and Lou Reed’s cool delivery"

"Atomic Swindlers have in their arsenal three talented songwriters"

"It’s easy to talk about Atomic Swindlers in the contexts of their image or sexuality, but what many overlook is the songwriting and musicianship. Though Atomic Swindlers have planted themselves firmly in the aesthetics of glam, Coming Out Electric is more than the glitter and androgyny. Without the songs, androgyny is a gimmick, glitter is passé. Atomic Swindlers have the songs."


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Selected quotes from Memphis's Family and Friends Magazine - June 2006 review of the Atomic Swindler's CD "Coming Out Electric"

"Don’t you just love a story where the girl rescues the girl and rides off into the sunset? And I love the music just as well. The music is tight, on target, and produced exceptionally well."

"Although Bowie was androgynous for so many of his albums, lead singer April Laragy is definitely female. And it is her femaleness that she doesn’t hide. In fact, Curve Magazine called Laragy “the new Gwen Stefani.”

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EQ Magazine, one of the world's leading recording and audio magazines has a feature article on the making of the Atomic Swindlers' CD "Coming Out Electric" in its May 2006 edition.

The editor of one of the most respected recording magazines in the world loved the Atomic Swindlers sound so much that he asked the band to tell its readers how they were able to record such a beautifully sounding CD without major label support, world class engineers, producers or high priced studios. Two pages, 2,500 hundred words and three full color photos later the feature article ends with one word, "perfect".

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Selected quotes from LesbaiNation.com's April review/interview with the Atomic Swindlers' lead singer April Laragy

"The Swindlers have all the building blocks of a superstar band with all the tasty flavor of cult icons in the making. (Think Scissor Sisters fronted by a female Ziggy Stardust era Bowie - and you're only half way there.)"

"The Atomic Swindlers are fueled by extraordinarily intelligent, evocative lyrics, graced with one of the most expressive and versatile female vocalists you can imagine and backed with a cadre of amazingly talented musicians."

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George Smith a senior critic at the Village Voice and one of the most well known and respected music critics in the world just published his Top 10 CD's of 2005 list.

The Atomic Swindlers are #1 on the list.
http://villagevoice.com/pazzandjop05/ballots.php?cid=461

 

Barry Walters a senior critic at the Rolling Stone and Out Magazine and also one of the most well known and respected music critics in the world just published his Top 10 CD's of 2005 list in Out.com.

The Atomic Swindlers are #2 on the list.
http://www.out.com/detail.asp?id=15510

His description of "Coming Out Electric" - "Ornate and audacious lesbian-fronted space-rock that recalls Ziggy-era David Bowie fronted by Pink Floyd? More, please."

 

Selected quotes from DragonFlyEye.net's review of the Atomic Swindlers' April 8th show and the CD Coming Out Electric

"a fully multimedia experience and a positively rock-and-roll persona are what make the Atomic Swindlers such a great band to watch live."

"The band’s sound positively fills the room, rich guitar, keyboards and effects all immersing every corner with a wonderfully spacey air."

"It’s no accident that this band sounds so good live: the musicianship of this group is top-flight."

"The hardest thing about writing this review thus far has been getting enough time in to write it between hours of listening to the album."

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Selected quotes from City Newspapers review of the Atomic Swindlers' April 8th show

"And bottom line, this is just a really fun band to watch. Sure, everybody's watching singer April Laragy do her thing up front, but equally mesmerizing was guitarist Chris Yockel. Yockel braved new frontiers picking out soundscapes full of delay and phase, even pushing to a full feedback sustain reminiscent of Mick Jones on London Calling.

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In their April 2006 issue Out Magazine says "If you like David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust you'll love the Atomic Swindlers. Trippy, rocking space-age songs about lesbian sex! Front woman April Laragy is a virtual female Bowie on this sextet's debut, Coming Out Electric." by Matthew Breen, Out Magazine.

 

Selected quotes from Nashville's Out & About Newspaper - February 2006 review of the Atomic Swindler's CD "Coming Out Electric"

Rating: A+ ("very rarely given by me", F. Daniel Kent, A&E Editor and reviewer)

"where the saucy sci-fi seduction of Raquel Welch mingles with the neon colored psychedelic siren call of Pink Floyd, post-India Beatles, or Ziggy Stardust era David Bowie with Debbie Harry playing hostess. The Swindlers' greatest talent is the ability to lure you in with the trappings of a future world in a bygone era and then hurl the unsuspecting listener headlong into an "intelligently written and skillfully performed music sounds cape with clear influences from modern sounds like PJ Harvey, Tori Amos and No Doubt."

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Selected quotes from Indiepop Spinzone's review of the Atomic Swindler's CD "Coming Out Electric"

"high drama worthy of notice"

"a 9 out of 10"

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Selected quotes from Dallas Voice's December 2005 review of the Atomic Swindler's new CD "Coming Out Electric"

"If and when the band records a follow-up, the only competition they’ll face is from themselves. A remarkable debut, “Coming Out Electric” will be a tough album to top."

"Though the Atomic Swindlers are currently unsigned, the groundswell of positive buzz should solve that pretty soon."

"Listen to Laragy’s vocals and you can hear a young Gwen Stefani, a common observation that’s begun to stick. The group’s thick, guitar-driven production gives a nod to studio noodlers like Pink Floyd and Radiohead. And if you listen closely, you’ll find occasional hints of Iggy Pop and Jimi Hendrix."

"Where most concept albums require an effort to enjoy, the charm of “Coming Out Electric” is immediate. From start to finish, the album’s sci-fi groove is relentlessly catchy."

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Selected quotes from Germany's Ox Fanzine Magazine's, January 2006 review of the Atomic Swindler's new CD "Coming Out Electric"

"The ATOMIC SWINDLERS are a glamtastic combo from Rochester, NY and their "Coming Out Electric" doesn't sound like a debut album. They mix familiar 70s strands with a big rock candy sound which projects far beyond much of today's stunted fare."

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Review by Barry Walters, Senior Critic of Rolling Stone posted on OUT.com,
October 2005

Imagine a lesbian-fronted sextet combining David Bowie’s glamour, Barbarella’s sci-fi camp, Pink Floyd’s sonic extravagance, and Goldfrapp’s gauzy vocal drama, and you’ve begun to wrap your head around Rochester, N.Y.’s, unlikely but utterly sublime Atomic Swindlers. Their self-distributed debut album luxuriates in the alienation of early-’70s gay aesthetics, but vocalist April Laragy puts a girl-on-girl twist on Bowie’s androgynous androids with lushly vibrating tracks like “Intergalactic Lesbian Love Songs.” Best of all, these arch retro-futurists boast art-rock chops that fell out of fashion before the Atomic Swindlers were even born.

 

Selected quotes from Gaywired.com's September comments/interview with the Atomic Swindlers

"Coming Out Electric is a remarkable debut album featuring consistently rock-solid musicianship, unique style and sound, and superb production."

"Coming Out Electric is like nothing you’ve ever heard. And you’re going to want more."

"Coming Out Electric hasn’t left my CD player since I got my hands on it."

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Selected quotes from The Village Voice's review of the Atomic Swindler's new CD "Coming Out Electric"

"the very best in a fine bunch, Coming Out Electric by Atomic Swindlers"

"Guitar rave-ups stud lush pop tunes sung by April Laragy"

"It's hard to tell if Atomic Swindlers are really doing a rock opera about spacebiker lesbian stargirls in love, or just writing good hooks and hanging them on exotic thigh-rubbing imagery to get attention."

"so think of it as a high point in orchestral rock melody"

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Selected quotes from Altar Magazine's Winter 2006 review of the Atomic Swindler's new CD "Coming Out Electric"

"Their dream-like, hypnotic melodies topped with April Laragy’s vocals over original lyrics make this like nothing I’ve heard before. "

"The Atomic Swindlers bring it all to the table with Coming Out Electric."

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Selected quotes from GayWebMonkey Magazine's comments/interview with April and Gary of the Atomic Swindlers

"the sexy groove of the Swindlers is starting to swell into a fabulous roar"

"Fueled by front woman April Laragy’s out of this world vocals, the Swindlers are on their way to making a Big Bang in the music galaxy."

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LesbiaNation.com's August , "Women We Love LesbiaNation's Top 10" says about April:

"April Laragy may be a relative newcomer to the public scene, but she’s already being touted as the new Gwen Stefani by Curve Magazine."

"Laragy, frontwoman for the Atomic Swindlers, is as hot as they come."

"She may well be the hottest space guntoting girl-rescuer in the galaxy!"

 

Selected quotes from Curve Magazine's review of the Atomic Swindler's new CD "Coming Out Electric"

"We'd never want to replace her but one chick is deserving of our Gwen-size adoration" (The Atomic Swindler's April Laragy)
 
"Laragy at times seems to be subverting Stefani's sound with a slightly less ska-influenced, more introspective voice of her own. And that's a good thing."
 
""Chicks like Laragy and Stefani open up new channels for women who don't fit mainstream culture's old ideas about what's girlie and what's not."
 
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Review from ImprudentMarriage.com, August 2005

Sci-fi glam rock, all glittery and straight from the stars -- the Atomic Swindlers know how to write a gorgeous story of a song, and perform the hell out of it. Float(My Electric Stargirl) is a lush pop extravaganza, the mix of lead singer April Laragy's cosmic voice and the almost hypnotic melody becoming pure intoxication. If you truly want your head blown, check out the song's stunning animated video. It's Blade Runner + Cherry 2000 + Samurai Jack + all things cool.

Selected Quotes from the Gannett's Democrat and Chronicle's August 19th feature article on the Atomic Swindlers

"This sci-fi, lesbian rock movement really has legs to it."

"The Atomic Swindlers, the Rochester glam-rock outfit fronted by platinum-blond, 23rdcentury diva April Laragy, is exploding on lesbian-oriented Web sites and publications."

"maybe the royalty checks will start rolling in after these reviews make the rounds"

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Selected quotes from GayWired.com and LesbiaNATION.com's July 2005 review of the Atomic Swindler's new CD "Coming Out Electric"*

"The Rochester, NY based Atomic Swindlers are an out of this world phenomenon with a cosmic groove, a hip spacey sound, celestial lyrics, and a hot front woman oozing sex"

"Atomic Swindlers will make you think of the Beatles while sounding terribly modern even as they pull in influences such as Iggy Pop, Blondie, Joan Jett and vocally, some early Stefani."

"Think David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust period. Time-traveling to the days when bands told stories with their music."

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Selected quotes from SciFi.com's May 2005 review of the Atomic Swindler's new CD "Coming Out Electric"

"The debut release from Rochester's Atomic Swindlers sounds like a cross between Gwen Stefani and David Bowie."

"It's probably no exaggeration to say that almost any of the songs on this CD could be a hit with proper airplay and marketing push."

"their self-released first CD, displays impressive songwriting ability"

"Laragy has a voice that ranges from wistful to sensuous—it's always very smooth, without any rough edges."

"Every song here has been carefully constructed and gives testimony to the time put into the writing and the arranging."

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City Newspaper - Selected Quotes from the review of the Atomic Swindler's new CD, "Coming Out Electric."

"The new album by the Atomic Swindlers is an absolute knockout."

"Takes up where Bowie left off with Ziggy Stardust."

"There's not a weak link to be found. The songwriting is simply superb."

"Contains beautiful echoes of John Lennon, with equal shares of the
psychedelic and the poetic."

"wild, gender-bending"

"slashing guitars"

"Each song is lovingly built, texture upon texture, constructing a world of
sound with far-off voices and atmospheric effects."

"Pop this disc in the CD player and you'll wonder where it came form. Is it the soundtrack for the latest Barbarella movie? Did David Bowie put his dress back on and re-emerge in a female incarnation?"

"Coming Out Electric sounds nothing like the mainstream recordings of today.
It's a throwback to a bygone era when the music industry cherished poetic
lyrics and albums that were works of art."

"If the Atomic Swindlers' sound is lush, it's because there's no skimping on
talent."

"Joel Trussell's animated video of "Float," is perfectly executed in a retro
kinky moderne style."

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Selected quotes from Nuketown/Music & Audio's May 2005 review of the Atomic Swindler's new CD "Coming Out Electric"

"occasional surveys of the FM spectrum have revealed that commerical radio remains a vast wasteland. Fortunately though, I have come across I have come across one band that gives me hope for our musical present: the Atomic Swindlers."
 
"The entire album is like this -- great imagery, amusing science fiction references, and just an all around fun sound. There's what word again -– fun. It's what I've found so lacking on the radio nowadays, and it can be found here in spades."

"Lead singer April Laragy handles all these transitions between styles well, going from sleepy seducative ballads to blood-stirring rock tracks with ease."

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Selected quotes from Spike Magazine's April 2005 review of the Atomic Swindler's new CD "Coming Out Electric"

"Here they've produced a great debut album that unashamedly wears its influences on its sleeve but shapes them for the most part into something new. This is indeed a great rock'n'roll swindle."

"the sublimely named Atomic Swindlers are ready to catapult you into another world far, far away from the soulless confines of corporate pop."

"summon up the exuberance of glam-era Bowie topped off with Ms Leragy's self-assured Blondie meets Ziggy vocals, you get the idea."

"the ghosts of Ziggy and Aladdin Sane flit from track to track on Coming Out Electric"

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Selected quotes from Slacker's Sci-Fi Source May 2005 review of the Atomic Swindler's new CD "Coming Out Electric"

"There’s no swindle here just good music. We travel back in time to a period when bands and their music told a story like the Beatles and Ziggy Stardust."

"Take Atomic Swindlers CD, Coming Out Electric out for a spin or two you’ll find yourself listening to it all the time."

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Selected quotes from Delusions of Adequacy's May 2005 review of the Atomic Swindler's new CD "Coming Out Electric"

"Laragy’s sex appeal oozes out of her vocals"

"There’s a load of talent on /Coming Out Electric/, and Laragy has the look and sound that the band needs."

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Selected quotes from Romance Reviews Today, May 2005 review of the Atomic Swindler's new CD "Coming Out Electric"

"a sound, from an era when music was not created by committee, but by artists."

"Visions of Barbarella and David Bowie come to mind. Lead vocalist April Laragy has a lush, sexy, rather smoky voice, amply supported by atmospheric, otherworldly music that listeners will appreciate."

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SELLOUT Music Magazine in their March 2005 review compares the Atomic Swindlers new CD "Coming Out Electric" to Bowie, the Pixies and No Doubt and says the Atomic Swindlers are on "the cutting edge." To see the full review click here.

SFRevu in their March 2005 review call the Atomic Swindler's new CD "a boisterous mix of Beatles/punk/bubblegum/Joan Jett/Barbarella/Ziggy Stardust...and whatever else they feel like doing." And they declare that, "lead singer April Laragy is as hot as a white dwarf star."  To see the full review click here.

The Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester's Gannett Newspaper put a picture of April Laragy on the front page of section A and on the front page of their entertainment section ran the headline: "Debut is a Sonic Boom."  Chief staff music critic Jeff Spevak called the music "grand Beatles pop as told by Barbarella" and noted echoes of David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars. To see the full review click here.

Gannett's Rochester Insider Weekly Magazine, January 21, 2005 "Selected Quotes from Tim Karan's interview of the Atomic Swindler's lead singer April Laragy,

I had too many appointments to meet with her in person, so I called her instead. She made me regret the decision. "I was planning on doing an all-nude interview,” Laragy revealed. “Nothing but baby oil and a smile." If only I had known, perhaps I would've shifted my schedule — blown off a meeting, called in sick, stolen a bike from a nun.

Laragy herself becomes a leather-clad star girl of sorts — like a flight attendant aboard Major Tom's ship in Bowie's “Space Oddity.”

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Empty Closet Newspaper - November, 2004
"Selected Quotes from the review of the Atomic Swindler's new CD, "Coming Out Electric."

"lead vocalist April Laragy backward channels Gwen Stefani while taking a drink from the truth serum of PJ Harvey. The Seduction of Bowie the bad boy in Iggy Pop wrapped in the Lips of Wayne Coyne. Heavenly."

"Laragy’s vocals trip effortlessly over intricate musical arrangements that compliment her straightforward, sexually-charged delivery."

"The morning after my date with the Atomic Swindlers, I was in a state of euphoria. The eyeliner was smudged, the spandex was stained, and I was still humming tunes from the CD."

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City Newspaper - January 19, 2005
"Saturday night *The Atomic Swindlers*, rocked the Bug Jar. The Swindlers' sound continues to grow on me in its glam rock otherworldliness. Singer April Laragy, oblivious to my Bukowski leanings, glowered and glowed while strutting the stage in a short, short, sparkly dress."

Frank DeBlase of City Newspaper says:

"This band's sound is just big and beautiful melodic rock. It's downright epic with Gun Club-ish, Bunnymen-esque (hey, who besides me loves Will Sergeant?) texturing and Bowie cool. The music's lust groove and powerfully sexual dynamic is amplified lyrically and visually with lead vocalist April Laragy giving plenty of come-hither-then-scram gazes, while flexing her silky throat muscles in a mini-skirt so short, it could be a belt."

Michelle Picardo of Freetime magazine says:

"One of our area's favorite female performers, April Laragy is back with her ace band, The Atomic Swindlers, and a new concept album, Coming Out Electric. Kind of in the vein of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, the Swindlers' create spacey, futuristic songs that cover the life of a "23rd century sensual heroine." The band is especially explosive on punkish stand-outs like "Space Bandit" and "Sex66," with Laragy's charismatic vocal presence leading the storyline with full-on passion.

"The Atomic Swindlers are original cool." - City Newspaper

April Laragy, the Atomic Swindler's lead singer has garnered these rave reviews from Gannett's Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester's City Newspaper and the Syracuse New Times: "as hot as a railroad track penny", "awesome", "manic energy", "a great lead singer and front person", "bracing", "serious talent" "vision and tools in spades", "a voice that is a unique blend of David Byrne and Joan Armatrading", "a mix of Janis Joplin and Patsy Cline", "Bowie meets Blondie", "her vocals are playful knowing and bursting with vitality, a combination that makes them almost unbearably sexy", etc...

City Newspaper

"Space cowgirl and Rochester rock 'n' roll troublemaker April Laragy's voice is rich, pliable,and resonantly haunting. She vacillates effortlessly from coquettish girl-next-door to extraterrestrial dominatrix with bursts of passion and excitement in between.  The band, with a newly added keyboardist, exhibits a tight-as-Bowie sound with one foot still in the glam-rock grave. And if you can take your eyes off Laragy for more than a couple of seconds, the rest of the band is equally sexy and menacing. The Atomic Swindlers are original cool."

--- Frank De Blase

Freetime Magazine

"Prime new wave for the new millenium, kind of Bowie meets Blondie...." - Michelle Picardo

 

 



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