In the midst of the thick New Orleans summer of 2017, Chris Lyons of garage punks Bottomfeeders found himself sitting on a small batch of songs that didn’t quite fit the fuzzed-out pileups of that band. The new songs were more chiming, driving but relaxed, full of little corners begging to be filled with classic pop harmonies and wayward country licks. He called in his trusted confidants: Bottomfeeders drummer and longtime musical partner Lucas Bogner — the two started playing music together at the tender age of 15 — plus bassist Pete Campanelli, and Kunal Prakash (Jeff the Brotherhood) dug the songs and signed on, and the quartet started playing in earnest, hunkering down in the practice space.
By the time the band played its first gig in late 2018 at the opening of Nola’s ManRay Records, the songs had multiplied and the members of the newly christened Silver Synthetic had become genuine rock & roll craftsmen. In a world that doesn’t seem capable of swaying, Silver Synthetic’s self-titled debut shakes and boogies.
It makes sense that the band’s first gig was in a record shop ‘cause folks, this is record nerd-core in a major way, evocative of the LP’s first golden era, as the late sixties oozed into the strange 1970s, with the requisite T-Rex stomps, Britfolk twists and turns, and dueling Verlaine/Lloyd guitars. It’s about warmth, and you can practically smell the gently glowing amp tubes on “In the Beginning,” which wafts along on a gust borrowed from Lou Reed’s beatific Coney Island Baby breeziness. With “Chasm Killer,” the boys lean into jammy heartland rock, almost approaching Silver Bullet Band territory at one point! Even when the band kicks into charging lean rock-n-roller, like on the Kinksy “Around the Bend,” there’s a laid-backness that allows more room for the spirit.
You could call Silver Synthetic rock & roll formalists, but the truth is they’re more like minimalists, stripping away tired clutter and unnecessary bloat and just zooming in on the essential.

The Great Rock N Roll Time Machine

In October of 2006, they saw each other across the crowded aisles of an Alice Cooper show. Since then, Dave and Sarah Lister have built a loving relationship on shared influences that combine music and comedy.

Their mutual love for the bands of classic rock, along with their love for cheesy comedy, bonded them quickly as a couple.

In 2007, Dave found himself in the hot seat as the new guitar player for legendary hair metal band Pretty Boy Floyd. Pretty Boy Floyd was among the last bands who rode out the end of the glory days of 80s rock and roll. They enjoyed moderate success on MTV with such hits as “Rock and Roll (Is Gonna Set the Night on Fire)”, and “I Wanna Be with You”. Pretty Boy Floyd brought Dave and Sarah briefly to Los Angeles.

After Dave’s tenure in Pretty Boy Floyd was over, he returned to his native New Jersey with Sarah to start a new project: paying tribute to the gods of stadium rock, which he envisioned as “Beatlemania” meets “Rock of Ages on Broadway”. He enlisted Jersey Shore session bassist Chris Brown (aka Kriss Kaboom) to help him begin his rock and roll odyssey.

Through the years the band has paid their dues in the bar scene, gone through many changes in members, personnel, and vision, but the years of blood, sweat and tears paid off, and now, a group of talented musicians are helping Dave and Sarah to bring the show to life.

Now that they are bringing their show, The Great Rock ‘N Roll Time Machine to theaters, and performing arts centers, they wanted to combine their love of music and comedy into a show that they’ve always wanted to see: a show that would appeal to classic rock fans of every age, which pays respectful tribute to the genre, but never, ever takes itself too seriously.