Amplif[ie]d | The Flux Capacitors
By: Jamie Durante
Get ready to embark on an energizing journey that spans the last 50 years of rock music on Friday, November 28, 2014. Rock ‘n’ Remember at M15 Concert Bar & Grill in Corona is a night that brings together three SoCal cover bands who will play popular tunes from the last half-century of rock ‘n’ roll.
On Fri, Nov. 28th, Telesound will start the party off at 7p.m., playing your favorite songs from 1964 to the late '70s. The Flux Capacitors plan on bringing you layers upon layers of the best '80s music with a theatrical edge that only heightens the excitement, while Seduction hits the stage around 10:40p.m. playing more recent sounds from the 90s through today’s music. DJ FinitiK will help you bid the night farewell, welcoming the early morning with remixes that cater to an array of musical tastes.
We had the opportunity to chat with Brian Farr, Tyler McDonald and Ryan Silverberg of The Flux Capacitors to gain more insight into how this one-of-a-kind band infects fans with enthusiasm that is contagious. Neon waves of nostalgia seem to flood from the electric stage where The Flux Capacitors play the greatest accumulation of '80s hits. For anyone who finds comfort and fun in reminiscing about the past, you’ll feel like you’re 17 again as you sing and dance along to a surprising cover like “Come on Eileen.” The Flux Capacitors create not only a musical atmosphere that will transport you back in time, but each show they take it up a notch by dressing as members from the '80s trilogy, Back to the Future.
You have Tyler McDonald absolutely killing the vocals as Marty McFly, while Ryan Silverberg shreds the keyboard and sings backing vocals as George McFly. Brian Lanzarotto is on guitar dressed as Doc Brown with Brian Farr rocking the bass as Biff Tannen. Last, Lynn Greer keeps it consistent on drums while pulling off the Lorraine Baines McFly look.
Hilarious costumes and an actual DeLorean time machine are two great reasons to come see The Flux Capacitors, however it’s their raw talent that really gets fans on their feet night after night. The sounds echoing off the stage aren’t just expertly executed—often live tributes played by these guys are mistaken for original recordings. From performing in front of 20 people at their first show just one year ago, to playing for huge crowds of over 3,000 people more recently—we are eager to share exactly what is driving this musical force of excitement.
Q. What is the secret to your fast growing popularity?
Brian Farr: We found two things that people could relate to—'80s music and '80s movies. Those two elements are really what drive this thing forward—we're just the vehicle.
Ryan Silverberg: We didn’t intend to bring different components together to sort of find that fast-growing success that we’re experiencing, but it just all came together coincidentally. Our shows are much different than regular '80s cover bands or any cover bands for that matter. We don’t just get on stage and play a song. We actually put on a show, and we really love to play this stuff, and we really love to sing this stuff, and we really love to give people what they’ve wanted.
Q. Which bands from the '80s would you say are your personal favorites to tribute?
Tyler McDonald: Anyone who has talked to me longer than five minutes knows that I love Queen. I have come down from my obsession a little bit in the last year. The guys in the band have opened my ears up to a lot of other bands I wouldn’t have heard otherwise. I’m actually a product of the very late '80s. I grew up in the '90s, so I missed a lot of these integral songs. Anyway, I like Tears for Fears. Michael Jackson has always been one, more recently I’m started to really get into his stuff.
Ryan: We range from like 25 to 38. So, everyone’s got some core likes for their choices, and we agree on most of them. My personal perspective, and I’m sure I can speak for the other guys in the band—Tears for Fears, Oingo Boingo, I love Level 42, although we haven’t actually gotten to cover it. There really are so much. It would really be like a who’s who. We just love so much from the genre, and there really isn’t anything we can’t tackle, so our set lists are extremely varied per show.
Q. Rumor has it you guys play songs that aren’t typically played by other '80s cover bands. What about your musical taste sets you apart?
Tyler: We played the Club Nokia show on Saturday. We played “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & the Waves. I don’t think anyone in that crowd was expecting that, because everyone started mosh pitting to that song. And I don’t think that has ever happened . . . and dare I say this probably never happened in the history of that song. I can probably say that it won’t happen again.
Ryan: Not just moshing, I will say we also had crowd-surfing to that song.
Q. What about your musical taste and live performances sets you apart from other bands in your same genre?
Brian: Our music is really tight, and we try to emulate the experience as if you are really seeing the band live. We don't stick to one sub-genre of the 80s and try to surprise people with songs they love but don't expect. Tyler is a great frontman and makes the live shows really entertaining for everyone. We also don't use any backing tracks and create all the sounds live on stage, which is rare for '80s cover bands these days.
Q. Tell us more about your goal to raise awareness and money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF).
Tyler: It is really nice to support a cause, especially when that cause is so personal to so many people. I think with anything, just having everybody know that someone cares and someone else is aware of the trials, tribulations and pains they are going through is important. And that’s why I do it, just so people know that someone else cares about them.
Brian: We knew early on that we wanted to be connected to the non-profit world and partnering with MJFF just made sense given the BTTF shtick. Our guitarist's grandmother also had PD so it hits close to home. Giving away guitars to raise money/awareness for PD is one of my favorite things that we do!
Ryan: At this point, we have given away six guitars. We raffle off the guitar that’s played at our show by our guitarist. We love having the opportunity and the ability to do it. It’s personal to us, it’s something we enjoy doing, and it’s something that we can do.
Q. What does the future hold for The Flux Capacitors?
Tyler: I feel like outer space is our limit now.
Ryan: We love where this is going, and we feel extremely lucky to be a part of it. I don’t really think there is a limit to where we’re going and what we’re doing.
Q. Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Brian: Thank you for your support! We are happy to share this nostalgic art form with each and every one of you! Cheers.
Ryan: We would love to eventually see everybody at a show. Everyone has a really great time.
Tyler: Just tell them to bring their dancin’ shoes!
Don’t miss your chance to catch this awesome band live at Rock ‘n’ Remember at M15 Concert Lounge in Riverside on Fri, Nov. 28, brought to you by Kitchen Sink Productions. Doors open at 7 p.m. Ages 18 and over. Tickets are $25. Use promo code FLASHBACK for $5 off.
Dress up in some threads from your favorite era, and you will be entered to win a pair of tickets to see Smash Mouth on New Year’s Eve!