The Isotopes’ fifth studio album, The Isotopes Overstay Their Welcome, was released on vinyl by Archive Records and voted Best Local Album of 2013 by the readers of City Newspaper (and they’ve been insufferable ever since.)
But just who are the Isotopes? Are they super sweet instrumental rock stars? Are they scientists performing an experiment gone haywire? Are they skirt-chasing sociopaths with no conscience or sense of right and wrong?
They’re the Isotopes, Rochester’s premier instrumental rock band featuring gyrating go-go dancers, hilarious announcements, stage effects, nerd glasses and panty-dampening rock choreography. From traditional surf music first made famous by the likes of the Ventures and Dick Dale, to heavier rock riffs taken straight from the playbook of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, there isn’t a dry seat in the house as the Isotopes journey through an array of genres.
But don’t take our word for it, here’s what the increasingly untrustworthy liberal media has to say about the Isotopes:
“The Isotopes … raged instrumentally ferocious with the dancing girls bumping and grinding to the beat. I couldn’t tell if the band was trying to be funny or just showing off when they covered Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein” note for note, because they did it so well”
-Frank DeBlase, City Newspaper
“Lights flash. The players swing their instruments in synchronized, cheesy movements as they riff on a medley of TV theme music while girls in matching black miniskirts and white shirts grind their hips against them.
“The crowd loves it.”
-Silandara Bartlett, Rochester Insider
“Their third and latest effort, Real Instrumental Heroes, continues the band’s relentless and riotous musical assault on all five senses, as these guys always present a stage show that is a visual pleasure as well as aural.”
-Michelle Picardo, Freetime Magazine
“Most Inventive Local Release. The Isotopes’ fate is in your hands: The Rochester surf band’s CD, Choose Your Own Adventure, opens with 13 original songs, then ends with interactive tracks that allow the listener to choose the fate of the band in its quest to be heroes.”
-Jeff Spevak, Democrat and Chronicle
“Anybody who saw the trio do surf versions of Iron Maiden songs at last year’s Maiden tribute show knows that there’s more to these guys than meets the eye – like serious chops for starters. They pretty much stick to the surf playbook, but its surf you can really sink your teeth into: rousing and well composed.”
-Saby Reyes-Kulkarni, City Newspaper
We could’ve said it better ourselves.
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The Isotopes are:
Handsome B Wonderful – Guitar
Lance Uppercut – Guitar
Admiral Awesome – Drums and Percussion
Rock Strongo – Bass Guitar
Max Power – Lights and Sounds
Vajayjay Abrams – Go Go Dancer
Ophelia Cox – Go Go Dancer