Are We There Yet?
THE ILLUSTRIOUS HISTORY OF SIGNS POINT TO YES Signs Point to Yes is a DC-based band formed in the summer of '98 with roots firmly founded in the local DIY soil. Members Gina X Machina and Marcus Esposito are seasoned veterans on the DC scene. The others aren't that old. As members of the Young Professionals, Gina and Marcus have shared the stage with DC icons Tru Fax and the Insaniacs, the Insect Surfers, Teen Idles, Black Market Baby and the Urban Verbs along with visting celebs Pylon, Polyrock, Wall of Voodoo, Men without Hats and Duran Duran. Although only in their early twenties, youngsters Dan Rockholt (aka Rockholio/good guitar) and Marc Taylor (aka Special Ed/traps and mayhem) have been playing and performing in bands for near on ten years (Carving Letters, the Doldrums, the Ebb and Flow). Shortly after bursting onto the DC scene in the fall of '98 SPTY was featured on the cover of the January '99 Pitch Magazine as 'the next big thing' and quickly found themselves laying down tracks at 609 Recording with indie luminary, producer Don Depew. Don has recorded, produced and played with Guided by Voices, Cobra Verde and Breaker. Other well-respected independent bands that he has produced include New Bomb Turks, Ether Net and DC pop-punks Power Lloyd. In that weird way that fate works, the band and Don hit it off famously and what was to be a one week session turned into almost two year's undertaking. Dan and Don share bass-playing duties throughout the record, drummer Marc Taylor plays guitar on 'Contagious' and self-styled 'bad guitarist' Marcus Esposito whips out his devastating piano chops on 'Persistence of Vision.' SPTY likes to have fun. It's this spontaneity that, as noted by Rob Cherry (former managing editor of Alternative Press and frontman of indie rockers Ether Net), Don has magically captured on record. Says Cobra Verde frontman John Petkovic '(I) dig that line between over-the-top rock and pop you guys walk.' Are we there yet? NICE THINGS TALENTED WRITERS HAVE SAID ABOUT US 'Reminiscent of the Spiders From Mars on food stamps...this group seems intent on throwing something new and loud in the face of a decomposing industry's growing number of XEROXed rock and roll posers.' [ Jason Pualoa, PiTCH Magazine ] 'From concept to execution, everything SPTY does reeks of Zappa-esque irony and contrast... The listener is lured and goaded into an appealing and standard pop structure only to be ground and crushed a minute later in sonic and literary deconstruction.' [ Rich Walkling, Otter Farm Reviews ] 'Lit-rant rock...This is good stuff folks, strangely put together, as in the spirit of, let's say, King Missile.' [ PiTCH Magazine ] 'Owing more to the big-hearted Cleveland of Chrissie Hynde and Cobra Verde than to the earnest sound of post-harDCore, SPTY play with an edge that's sharp but definitely not straight. Singer Gina X Machina has a voice that can go from chanteuse sultry to punk pissed in a tweaker's heartbeat, and as the playful 'Zoot' proves, she plays a pretty good Lolita, too. Meanwhile, Dan Rockholt and Marcus Esposito deliver some of the best guitar this side of my old Rick Derringer albums-just check out the bitchin' solo on 'New York Song (Happy Family Redux)' and the unholy skronk that closes out 'Hungry' - while Marc 'Special Ed' Taylor keeps a beat so rock steady they ought to consider him implanting him in our current VP's time-bomb of a ticker. And what a mess of tunes! 'New York Song' is the Supersuckers channeling Lou Reed and one of the catchiest damn songs I've heard all year ... if there's one band that could fly in the face of DC orthodoxy and still make an impact, it's SPTY, and this is the best disk I've heard by a DC band this year.'' [ Mike Montana, Snap Pop! Magazine ]