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The best kept secret in music


"Critic’s Choice: Replicator"

Offstage, Replicator leader Conan Neutron is an affable, bespectacled music nerd with a goofy grin, a low-budget haircut, and a heart-on-his-sleeve sincerity that utterly eschews the smirking irony that most local indie music scenesters sling. But the lad’s initial Poindexter appeal vanishes in a flash once he and the band hit the stage. Replicator put it all on the line, heaving up their guts in a cathartic rock-monster mishmash that’s equal parts wall of sound and prog pomp - sans the guitar solos. Samples from their new cd, You Are Under Surveillance (Substandard), invoke the snarling precision of Steve Albini’s Shellac and the bludgeoning Rhythm section and bile spewing vocals of the Jesus Lizard and David Yow. Über-gearhead Ben Adrian provides a driving, cold-steel bass line and occaisonally winking sythesizer blurts, and tattooed gnarly dude drummer Christopher Bolig acts up with magnificently extravagant arena-rock panache. Neutron hurls himself at the music as if
it were a brick wall. Tonight maybe he’ll break through, or maybe he’ll just end up with a lot of bruises and bleeding; either way, it’ll be a show to remember. Schaffer the Darklord and Black Ghost open. - San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Uptown w/Big Business"

...But this early downturn of the evening was quickly remedied when Replicator fired up their engines. I always enjoy a set by them; this one included a lot of new songs that will be featured on an album to be released in the near future, or so I’ve been told. They have been harangued with the Shellac comparisons for years, but at this point I’ve heard so much of these guys it’s as much a “Replicator” sound as anything else. Much of their new material seems much more straight-forward rocking in a Jesus-Lizard-minus-the-naked-singer way. Anyways, good outing by the local boys, no technical issues as are often the foil to this crew’s master plans…a rockin’ good time fer sure. - Playing in fog

"w/ BABYLAND, The Smell, LA"

“…The saving grace was that I got to hear Replicator; a hard-rockin troop from San Francisco. The Bay area has been turning out some really great stuff lately and Replicator is most certainly in the same ornate musical platter as say, Erase Errata, Xiu Xiu (San Jose), and Deerhoof. Sounding a bit like they where plucked from the ranks of Dischord with a bit of Albini thrown-in for good measure Replicator wound the crowd up tight with their hefty base-lines, shuddering guitars, and near flawless drumming. The songs were like a drunken sailor on shore leave and prepped the hungry crowd for the mayhem that was supposed to follow with Babyland…” - Drowning in Culture

"Devo goes Metal"

"Devo goes Metal" - Chumley

"You Are Under Surveillance Cd review"

Blisteringly loud, politically engaged, full of stops and starts and broken by bizarre samples, Replicator’s second full-length delivers on the promise of 2002’s untitled EP, while adding new textures to the band’s mathy, driven anxiety. Each member of the SF-based trio brings his own brand of insanity to Replicator — Conan Neutron is behind the frenzied political rants and stabbing guitar, Ben Adrian’s thundering bass drives every track into the wall and beyond, and Chris Bolig’s drums hold the whole thing together — except when he, too, explodes.

Replicator have become, if anything, more political than ever in the two years since their last record. Before, the issues were economic and social — the collapse of the dotcom economy, unemployment, estrangement from the system — and you can hear a bit of that on “Epoch” (the EP’s best track, which is also included on You Are Under Surveillance). On the newer songs, however, the targets are more specific. “Get mad, get mad, get mad, you son of a bitches,” says the sample that introduces “The Frogurt Is Cursed”, opening fire on the Bush administration, the war, the restrictions on civil liberties, the religious right and any other target that happens to raise its head. “You’ve released the fuckin’ fury,” a voice with a city accent observes, against a head-banging assault of guitar, bass and drums, and given the rest of the album, it’s hard to argue. Later on, there are samples of President Bush’s voice mixed before and under “It Seems Like The Real Deal, But The Citizenship
Doesn’t Hurt”, spouting his usual self-justifying pieties on terrorism, but Dubya gets buried under the traded shouts of “Go back / We’ll take you to camp x-ray,” which may refer to Guantanamo. It could all too easily go over the top, but there’s a goofiness here that undercuts the commentary. How seriously can you take a band that names one track after a frozen dessert and another (”Warrior Needs Food, Badly”) after a line from a video game?

The production here is clear enough that you can hear every element all the time, interacting, underlining, egging the others on to new levels of intensity. Moreover, there’s sudden, startling space built into the wall of noise, instances of silence that are as physical a presence as the cacophony that follows them. The Sabbathy interplay of bass and drums in “Mutually Assured Repulsion”’s intro is great, not just because of how Adrian and Bolig fill the spaces around each other’s notes, but because of the stops that have you leaning in for whatever’s next. The song thickens to a metal-tinged crescendo, stomping on the on-beats with guitar and bass and drums, then backs off again to a stripped bassline and vocals. An increasingly frenetic chorus of “We’re ready / Our wills are honed” is a march turning into a riot, a fractured firestorm that ends so suddenly you gasp.

The biggest step forward comes near the end, with “The Weight Of 3 Marlon Brandos”, a tightly coiled meditation on integrity. It is more restrained than anything else on the album, with guitar lines that feel almost lyrical, yet pushed forward by the same intensity as harder-rocking cuts like “The Frogurt” and “Alert Status: 0″. It’s like a loud song being pushed through a thin straw, concentrated and made relevant by its constraints. The song ends with a really beautiful piano solo from Ben Adrian, which somehow transforms the tune’s initial anger into sadness.

This is smart, angry music, played as hard as possible by people who are mad as hell but also prone to the occasional fit of giggles. If that sounds like your cup of tea, you could hardly do better than You Are Under Surveillance. - Splendid Ezine


Machines Will Always Let You Down (2007)
You Are Under Surveillance (2004)
Winterval (2001)

DDBBLLVVZZNN split ep w/Lower Forty-Eight (2003)
"" EP (2002)

Wantage USA's 21st Release Hits Omnibus(2003)
Tired of Standing Still (2001)

Epoch (off of Surveillance) received a good amount of college radio airplay as well as a few other tracks from the same record.

Journey to the end of the night (pt. 2), off of the "tired of standing still" comp, continues to receive attention and airplays despite being nearly 6 years old.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Replicator endeavour to bring something unique and worthwhile to the overall culture of this independent music thing while somehow managing to overcome the signal to noise ratio of vapid defanged post punk disco retreads and the latest astroturf “garage band” fad with the marketing dollars of the cool hunting multinational corporations.

Alive and well for going on 7 years now, Replicator have just recorded a third new full length release in summer 2006, with Mr. Vern Rumsey (Blonde Redhead, KARP), of the band Unwound. The new record should be out in early 2007. Their last full length album “You Are Under Surveillance”, in 2004 was on Substandard Records. Recorded at Mr. Toad’s by bassist/keyboardist/recording engineer Ben Adrian, Surveillance followed up the “lost” DBBLLVVZZNN split release with the band Lower Forty-Eight , as well as the well received “” ep in 2001, and 2000’s ”Winterval”, engineered by Mr. Bob S. Weston IV.

Replicator has been steadily playing successful shows in and around the bay area, west coast and US since late 1999. They have worked towards creating a solid fan base, in a supportive community of fantastic ‘outsider’ bands, in the creatively fertile bay area, based on a combination of great songs and exciting live performance.

In other words, substance over style, every time

Replicator has played throughout the US with bands like Trans Am, Rye Coalition, Blood Brothers, Oxes, BABYLAND, Hella, Vaz, Stinking Lizaveta and many, many more, and plan to continue this trend in the US and abroad in the future.

Replicator shows are boisterous, loud, energetic, intense and, fun.

Replicator, work hard and are tenaciously dedicated to their craft.