After the success of the first reunion tour Richard Lloyd produced this live-in-the-studio album of Rocket From The Tombs classics with the current band.
The album was produced, recorded and mixed by Richard Lloyd in the summer of 2003 at EGB Studios. EGB is Lloyd's project studio based in mid-town Manhattan.
"Rocket Redux is exactly the set list from the live show recorded in the studio. It's supposed to be as if you are at the greatest rehearsal or sound check and you are two inches tall and standing on the singers tongue surrounded by the two lead guitarists."
On the Pere Ubu website, David Thomas, Rocket From The Tombs' front man explains how the studio recording and these additional tour dates evolved out of their summer 2003 tour: "The genesis is as follows. Following the successful June tour we decided to undertake a tour out west to complete a circuit of the country. In order to satisfy a stream of requests after every show, we decided to record the current set of material with the new band and sell it as a concert merchandise only item. Richard Lloyd engineered, produced and mixed the new recordings at his studio over a couple lost weekends. Along the way we got excited about the outcome and decided to release it commercially through our friends at Smog Veil."
Describing the summer 2003 shows, David Fricke, editor at Rolling Stone magazine, wrote, "No on else in American rock, underground or over, in 1974 and '75, was writing and playing songs this hard and graphic about being f**ked over and fighting mad. No one else is doing it now." While Greg Kot from the Chicago Tribune wrote, "Rocket From the Tombs is not just the great lost proto-punk band of the '70s. It's one of the best bands of the 21st Century too." And the Cleveland Scene wrote "After years of anonymity, Rocket From The Tombs has come to represent the match strike for the entire worldwide punk explosion."
Alan Downes, Logo "The havoc unleashed here is fiery, passionate and irreverent."
Daniel Lukes, Kerrang! "A darkness reminiscent of The Melvins."
Q - 4 Star
Jason Gross, Mojo, Feb 2004 "Though their membership spawned both the Dead Boys and Pere Ubu and their tunes became covers for Guns n'Roses and Living Colour, only the mid 70's cognoscenti knew of these Ohio renegades at the time, but following 2002's The Day The Earth Met The... (a composite of demos and live takes) and a recent reunion tour, the band decided to finally take RFTT inside a recording studio. Though lacking both historical significance and late guitarist/mastermind Peter Laughner, the already-strong material is actually improved by both better audio and newcomers Steve Mehlman (Pere Ubu) and nimble-fingered Television guitarist, Richard Lloyd. Vocal's by Ubu leader, David Thomas, add an element of theatrics to the proceedings with an arsenal of howls, yelps and bizarre crooning. And while 30 Seconds Over Tokyo isn't as gripping as it once was, they tear through What Love Is, Muckraker and Life Stinks like the hungry young band they once were."