by Catherine Galioto
March 1, 2001

File Under: rock
rating: A+
1. Drew Barrymore

2. Rejected

3. Goin' Nowhere

4. She Wants You

5. Find You

6. Leapyear

7. Give in

8. Words of O.K.
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  • Krypto-jet
  • Krypto-jet, hailing from Red Bank, soars with its own release in "Strobotuner."The New Jersey local band is poised for take-off and has been nominated in the Asbury Music Awards.

    The three band members agree that defining one's music can be hard for any band to do.

    "It's power-driven pop,'' said bassist Doug Tiedemann.

    "It's revved-up '80s rock,'' said Schwarzlaff.

    "It's the Knack meets the Foo Fighters,'' said Rudolph.

    What is clear is that Krypto-jet love putting a modern-rock touch on music.

    "There's a Y2K feel, definitely,'' said Rudolph.

    The band, forming about three years ago, released "Strobotuner'' in 1999, and garnered much radio airplay on modern-rock radio's WHTG.

    "We got up to number 80 on WHTG's Hot 100 list, and we thought that was amazing as an unsigned band to get on there,'' said Rudolph.

    The 1999 Asbury Music Awards also found Krypto-jet nominated in the Best Song category for "Drew Barrymore.''

    That single, with its catchy chorus of "I'm gonna make her my own / Drew Barrymore,'' was inspired by a trip Rudolph made to a local bar and grille.

    "All the girls looked like Drew Barrymore,'' Rudolph laughed. "That song wrote itself, basically. I went into the place and wrote it on a napkin, and it was pretty much done.''

    Another song, "Goin' Nowhere,'' is about Garden State Parkway traffic, and is the first song Rudolph and Schwarzlaff created together.

    The two songs are some of the highlights of the Krypto-jet album, which pilots its own sound and strong musicality.

    A full-length CD is also hoped for the future, to feature the technical knowledge of Schwarzlaff, the heavy bass of Tiedemann, and the straight hard rock of Rudolph.

    "There's a lot of different influences we each bring to the music,'' said Rudolph, "butwith a three-piece band, it's all about the songs.''

    Helping bring those songs to print on "Strobotuner,'' named after Rudolph's antique tuning machine, was producer Duke Clement of Wall, NJ. Also helping the band is Vaccaro, a unique guitar manufacturer out of Asbury Park that endorses the band.

    "We've always been a big fan of their instruments,'' said Rudolph, who met up with Vaccaro after the band's Fountains of Wayne gig, since that band plays Vaccaros exclusively.

    The problem of finding a name for the band was solved by a trip to Monmouth Park that Rudolph took.

    "There was a horse named Krypto-jet, and I decided to bet on it,'' said Rudolph. "Itlost, but it was there again on another trip, and I bet on it to show and won some cash.''

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