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Cosmic Stereo: FM Stereo

Cosmic Stereo

FM Stereo

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Cosmic Punch, a DIY pop rock duo from Florida, market their sound as “a mix of the ‘60s, ’70s and ‘80s with a dash of modern production,” and emphatically list a number of influences, such as The Beatles, Queen, ELO, and Boston. Their debut, FM Stereo, is an attempt to bring back the sounds of the old days with a playful and easygoing twist.

“One-Man Pop Band” opens the album with a sound that aside from an all-too obvious circus interlude in the style of Sgt. Pepper, shows promise for the album as an infectious alternative rock song with a quirky vibe.      Already with the next few tracks “She Makes Me Feel” and “She’s A Girl,” two pseudo-‘60s pop ballads, things take a sharp turn as the band relies on more of its influences. The crunchy “How Do I” delivers a power pop vibe but with a style modeled after Boston, something that presents itself again on a few more tracks.

Elements ranging across the band’s pool of influences mix intermittently, culminating on the mid-album track “Long Slow Road,” a whirling mix where everything from The Kinks and Boston to ELO and The Beatles can all be heard, although as with the rest of the album, nothing transcends the almost bubblegum feel the songs are rooted in.

It is altogether not a bad effort that Cosmic Punch have attempted. The quirky and feel-good power pop vibe combined with classic rock elements is promising, but the songs simply aren’t strong enough to make the experiment work. Instead, they make the album sound overcrowded, and the “musical casserole” the band refers to ends up sounding a bit too cheesy.

In A Word: Cheesy

—by , September 30, 2014

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Review Fix Exclusive: Ryan “Cosmonaught” Michalski & Juan “Punchy” Gonzalez Talk F.M. Stereo

Review Fix chats with Cosmic Punch’s Ryan “Cosmonaught” Michalski and Juan “Punchy” Gonzalez, who discuss their newalbum F.M. Stereo. A part of successful groups Space King, Dead Dark Slide and Diet Worms, the duo brings together a classic rocksound 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. 


cd cosmic-punch_copyWith a sound rich in harmonies and melody, the album plays like a testament to the 1970s and early 1980s.


Today’s music scene has been heavily influenced by the sounds of the ’70s. The same holds true for the new release by Cosmic Punch, FM Stereo. With a sound rich in harmonies and melodythe album plays like a testament to the 1970s and early 1980s. With influences heavily based in the decade of Jimmy Carter and Studio 54, artists like ELO, Queen, Styx, and Sweet bleed through the album. Combined with Beatles-esque harmonies and structure, Cosmic Punch blends into this mix the droning synths of early alternative music of the ’80s, providing just enough of this challenging mix to break what would otherwise result in monotony.

The songs on FM Stereo ebb and flow in and out of each other. The album opener, “One Man Pop Band,” is an ego-driven tune declaring one’s independence and self-worth; the alternative/punkish feel of “How Do I” includes a brooding synth and a driving rhythm, making you snap your fingers. The band gets nostalgic on the Fab Four–ish “You’re Great,” with a melody-driven, almost singable guitar solo, as well as on the harmony-laden single, “The Long Slow Road,” an almost silly tune about unrequited love.

This album would be at home in many different musical collections. With the crossing of genres that occur, Cosmic Punch will appeal to most rock listeners. While there is still room for more originality here, Cosmic Punch takes strides toward having its own style . Hopefully, the band will continue to grow into its own, and find who they truly want to be. C+ | Marc Farr 



Τραγούδια από το νέο άλμπουμ των COSMIC PUNCH"FM STEREO" μπορείς να ακούσεις παρακάτω.
Οι COSMIC PUNCH είναι ένα Alterno-Electro-Powerpop συγκρότημα που μπλέκει ήχους από THE BEATLES, QUEEN και THE BEACH BOYS δημιουργώντας ένα πολύ αξιόλογο αποτέλεσμα. 

Η μπάντα δημιουργήθηκε το 2005 αποτελούμενο από δύο μέλη, τους Ryan "Cosmonaught" Michalski, γνωστός στο χώρο από την συμμετοχή του σε SPACE KING και DEAD DARK SLIDE και τον Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez, των DIET OF WORMS.

Πρόσφατα υπέγραψαν με την Tate Music Group και κυκλοφόρησαν το "FM STEREO" πρόσφατα. Αλλά ξέρεις κάτι; Καλύτερα να σε αφήσω παρέα με τη μουσική τους. 




APRIL 24 2014

 The press release caught my attention, which isn’t always an easy thing to do at first scan, but just seeing the list of influences starting with ‘The Beatles’ and ‘Queen’ and then ‘The Beach Boys’; ‘Boston’  and ‘ELO’ allowed this to jump the queue…


All I can say is great press-release because the album itself sounds just like cheesy alternative pop rock. I mean it’s good cheese and good pop, and I definitely get the lighter of those influences but you could equally level the accusation that it was more like a light pop take on ‘Sugar’ or ‘Soul Asylum’ with a few shovels of added sugar. It’s the harder sounds of ‘How Do I’ that start to make sense of some of those rockier influences, but the song is still, despite the backdrop of riffs and a nice solo, a kind of bubble-gum-pop-punk anthem. It’s satisfying in one way but far too saccharine sweet still.


Having said that you can’t help but love the immediacy of ‘One Man Pop Band’ that opens; even if the ‘circus sounds’ interlude is a bit obvious. The twang of ‘She Makes Me Feel’ is a more traditional sweet pop song underwired with some nice keys and strings, but it’s not enough to make you want to OD on the album just yet.


‘She’s a Girl’ (an odd title there) is another slice of pop this time with faux-sixties sheen. ‘You’re Great’ makes sense in that you can feel a little of ELO and The Beatles under the surface, but more in style than in substance. ‘Ninth Moon’ is the song that tips the balance for me and the most complete slice of the cake here with its alt-pop sixties-soaked sound dripping with just the right balance of ingredients and accents.


Elsewhere the album is good to great  and while there may not be anything truly memorable for a rock fan, or someone fixing on the ‘Queen’ or ‘Boston’ in the list of influences you can appreciate the art. Best of the rest are ‘Join the Party’ which like ‘Ninth Moon’ has some real teeth and ‘The Long Slow Road’ which is quirkier and almost ‘Small Faces-like’ in intent, both may be sandwiched mid-album, but there’s enough layers here to please those prepared to dig in. Juan and Ryan have done a great job that should solve the problem for those with a sweet tooth.


Check videos for “The Long Slow Road” and “Walk Away”

Check videos for “The Long Slow Road” and “Walk Away”


Cosmic Punch

FM Stereo/Tate Music Group

What happens when you combine classic pop, classic rock, and modern alternative flourishes? You get Cosmic Punch’s new album FM Stereo, and you enjoy it. The band gloriously show its hand for all to see within the first few rocking songs, while giving the bird to anyone who doesn’t like it. “One Man Pop Band” has the sensibility of The Beatles, paired up with some guitar solos that pay tribute to Queen’s Brian May—making for an interesting combination. The thick drumming and Juan “Punchy” Gonzalez’s vocals on “She Makes Me Feel” take you on a jaunty retro ride, and “How Do I” is pure punk pushed through a present day heavy metal filter. Then, to top it all off, CP goes soft rock with the delightful “She’s a Girl,” just to prove it can go in many different directions.                 Cosmic Punch  REVIEW!!


As I am going through my usual mix of interesting sounds, I happen to stumble across this band that picked the perfect name for themselves... Cosmic Punch--and these guys have just that! Listening to the album, I see quite an eclectic sound and mix that is substantial, lyrical and full of musical direction. Cosmic Punch has the capability of being soft, moody and at the same time, having a crunchy, primitive, metal-like sound. These guys have quite an array of inspiration from even The Beach Boys, E.L.O., The Monkees, and Queen. Each song has its own direction and entity and these guys have a great musical sense. Their album, F.M. Stereo is quite the versatile listen even for me!

The song, "How Do I" for example, has a twist of Frank Zappa meets the Ramones, which to me, has a great vibe and energy to it. This song is wild, crazy and so much fun to listen to, and its chromatic key changes add an unexpected change of direction to it. Great song!

Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez is more known for producing Death-Metal records, (Morbid Angel, Diabolic Lover Of Sin) along with Ryan Cosmonaught, (Space King, Dead Dark Side) came together and created a project that totally blew my mind with a refreshing mix of fun songs and substantial sound. "She's A Girl" is one that exemplifies this.

This unique mix exudes a nostalgia of the best sounds of the previous decades in Rock n' Roll with a modern-day twist in the recording revolution. These guys create a sound that hits you in the gut with an old-school rock n' roll sound that is quite difficult to find today, as they maintain this vintage, classic sound in "You're Great"...

"Ninth Moon" is so there with nostalgic twists with a clear, cut modern sound. Great track!

All in all, the entire album has some great songs, refreshing nostalgia and an awesome method of mixing to put this sound together. If I could compare this to a food recipe, it has a true, rich consistency of a casserole with extra helpings. One example of this description is "Join The Party"--- It's got a colorful sound with a touch of spicy sarcasm just enough to give a taste of what a tart tongue should feel like... (sparks fly, guys!) With an underlying Foghat feel of "The Long, Slow Road" this duo really delivers a musical style worth listening to and loving their funny, catchy lyrics. These two make their influences proud and much, much more. With modern technology and a nostalgic sound, these guys give music a refreshing change of pace and find a way to embrace the past and bring it to the rest of us in a fabulous origami twist that keeps us (including yours truly) yearning for more.





Cosmic Punch - F.M. Stereo (2014)
The two songwriters Juan Gonzalez and Ryan Michalski got together to make an album that will salute the classic rock sound of the 60´s and 70´s where bands like The Beatles, E.L.O, Queen, Boston and The Beach Boys are top of the list.
Juan is best known for producing death metal records and Ryan is known for his musical projects, together they are Cosmic Punch with the suitable album title "F.M. Stereo".
I give them credit for trying to re-create the vocal oriented sound of the 70´s but the songs just doesn´t hold, there are some good moments like "How do I" and the Weezer-like "International nerd holiday".
If you think a 2nd division The Cars sounds like your cup of tea, then you should absolutely listen to Cosmic Punch. The album´s ok I guess.
2,5 out of 5


Alternative psychedelic rockers Cosmic Punch will release “Clay Pit Road“, their debut CD for Sunset Records on April 16.

On “Clay Pit Road”, you can hear thick, colorful bass lines that synchronize with a heavy yet melodic guitar sound with some great harmonies creating a loud sound. Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Juan “Punchy” Gonzalez in the Mango, Florida area, the rest of CD was recorded at the world famous Abbey Road Studios in London, England. Featuring Ryan Michalski on vocals, coupled with Juan Gonzalez, they make up Cosmic Punch, quintessential psychedelia rock music for the modern era. The full length nine song CD entitled “Clay Pit Road”, is now being set for an April 16, 2013, release date with Sunset Records.

“Clay Pit Road” album cover

Cosmic Punch‘s enticing fusion of genres has been called “neo-psychedelia” and the band’s abstract reach with some heavy rock influences and an natural grooves to drift towards modern day psychedelia with its accessible lyrics on every song, it is a mind-expanding sound throughout the entire CD. The duo grew up listening classic rock, surf rock, grunge rock, alternative rock and anything with psychedelic melodies. The CD has something for all music fans with its hints of grunge, much like Tripping Daisy’s sound back in that early 90s era. And then add to it some heavy guitars, incredible harmonies, with a surf rock vibe and you get what is a big sounding psych band with some unique touches in every song, that should keep the band around for many albums and for a long music career.

Overall, Cosmic Punch’s debut album is a colorful collaboration by musicians Ryan Michalski and Juan “Punch” Gonzalez. The full length CD recording of their brand new album will be in stores on April, 16th, and the first music video is “Walk Away” which can be viewed online at the web site now, and the music video is being shown on the on the label’s (Sunset Records) web pages before it can be seen at all major outlets that show music videos (MTV, Music Choice, FUSE, more).

And the entire “Clay Pit Road” track listing is as follows:
1.) One Man Pop Band
2). How Do I
3). You’re Great
4.) Join the Party
5.) The Long Slow Road
6.) The First Time
7.) International Nerd Holiday
8.) Walk Away
9.) Bring You Down

The label, Sunset Records, has also already begun working the first few singles to radio stations (DJ Fresh / Brooklyn DJ Factory and DJ Anthony Gelo at SideTracks & Bar None, and more) all over the world for play, and to various news outlets (Ringmaster, Sunset Daily, Nike Talk Magazine, and more). Plus, the label is pushing this release (In Stores on April 16th) to major radio outlets all over the world (Modena Radio City at Radio Mela, Maurizio Santi in Gonnosfanadiga, Italy, DJMGee at Alando Palais in Wallenhorst, Germany, and more).