Ex-GUNS N’ ROSES Guitarist Buckethead has surfaced with the band SCIENCE FAXTION, also featuring bassist/vocalist Bootsy Collins and vocalist/producer Greg Hampton. The debut album, Living On Another Frequency, is out now in North America and will be released in Europe on January 26th. The tracklist is as follows: ‘Sci-Fax Theme’, ‘Lookin’ For Eden’, ‘At Any Cost’, ‘Chaos In Motion’, ‘Famous’, ‘L.O.A.F.’, ‘Gone Tomorrow’, ‘Life-IS IN-DeLiver’, ‘Take You Down’, ‘What It Is’, ‘Fatally Flawed Flesh’, ‘I See Rockets’, ‘Zion Planet 10′.
Audio samples are available at this location. The band’s official bio is available below:
Whenever bass legend Bootsy Collins and guitar shredder extraordinaire Buckethead get together, it’s a given that new sonic ground will be broken. And this certainly proves to be the case on their latest project, Science Faxtion, which will be issuing their debut full-length, ‘Living on Another Frequency,’ via Mascot Records (distributed by Sony MRI). Also included is singer/guitarist/producer Greg Hampton, and longtime Bootsy/Buckethead ally Brain on drums, as well as contributions by Chris Collier and Bootsy himself on drums.
“Originally, it was Bootsy,” explains Hampton, when asked to retrace the moment Science Faxtion was hatched. “We were going to be referencing more of his old-school and historical funk elements, that we all grew up with. Then he had the epiphany of us doing a group project – having me sing and play guitar, and bringing in Buckethead and Brain. We had a few different guys get involved – but that was primarily the core of the record. DJ Botieus – he does a lot of programming, he’s definitely a secret weapon.”
Immediately, there was a chemistry between the band members that was unmistakable. “One thing lead to another, and then Buckethead, Bootsy, and I wrote the songs. There’s twelve songs on the record, and the thirteenth is more of a ‘musical theme,’ with no vocals – it’s a dialogue piece. Seven of the songs I’m singing the lead vocals on, some songs Bootsy and I share some of the vocals, and then there are other songs where Bootsy sings. As far as musically, it grooves, but it’s definitely a serious rock record.”
And when Hampton says the album grooves and rocks, he’s not kidding, as evidenced by the album’s lead-off single, ‘Looking for Eden’.
“‘Looking for Eden’ was really the first song we had written – it just grooved. It’s like Audioslave meets Nine Inch Nails 2009. It has some dialogue with Bootsy and it has Bootsy singing the bridge. And Buckethead plays the most amazing lead parts on that song. The whole song has everything you need from a great rock song. The hook in the lyric and the vocal, great singing, but amazing guitar parts throughout it. Buckethead absolutely shreds on it, but he plays some really tasteful stuff.”
Other standouts include “Life is in Deliver” (“Buckethead plays a crazy solo on it at the end – it’s a real chuggin’ song”),”What It Is” (which features a special guest appearance from Public Enemy’s Chuck D), and “I See Rockets” (a track which Hampton compares Buckethead’s playing to the great Jimi Hendrix), among others.