Love In Reverse On Unknown Sundays 2024


So Love In Reverse, pretty good band name right?  I thought it was cool when I first heard it.  And, where did I first hear it, you ask (of course you’re asking or I wouldn’t write these articles)?  Well it was actually with Peter Frampton on an ABC news program called Turning Point.  I believe the gist of the program was working through the hardships and tribulations of being a musician and band in the era.  I do remember it, as it drew my attention, and then there was the album in the used bin, I Was Here.  This 1996 release wasn’t on my radar, considering the albums of Rage Against the Machine, Tool, Korn, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Beck (who actually wound up being the first video played on MTV2 when it was launched), REM and Metallica.  So, stiff record sales competition, but Love In Reverse was actually moving themselves into a good alternative music space with the likes of Stabbing Westward, Gravity Kills, Tonic, Spin Doctors and even Ian Astbury of the Cult.  Not to mention, they were signed to Warner/Reprise records, which whether they were spending big money or not, the prestige and reach would be effective to a better degree than being in an independent label situation.

Rolling Stone magazine was touting the band as one of the best new bands to watch out for in 1996, and they were kind of right.  The follow up record, Words Become Worms, while not a barn burning commercial success, still generated excellent critical attention, and added to the commercial activities for band mates, Michael Ferentino and Andres Karu.  Michael, a vocalist, and interesting guitarist, along with bassist and keyboard player Karu, managed to mesh a fresh electronica prespection on the late 90’s alternative scene.  They could fit into the dark edge of the alternative dying grunge, and let Michael’s vocal and lyrical delivery teeter in profundity, which I truly enjoyed in those first two albums.  And, I certainly thought, they were doing well enough, but that was not to be the immediate case, after being dropped.  There was an EP, which I never got, but I knew the premise was that they used to be called “Dog” before Love In Reverse, but while those five songs were right in the wheelhouse it yielded nothing advanced or different (perhaps it was remainders of sessions, after all, I think they made like more that 25 demo albums in that time frame before getting signed).

Still, there was no question that the band was meant for this, and Michael and Karu, despite the end of Love In Reverse wound up in a lot of projects together that are completely cool, unique, and probably what should have been “injected” into Love In Reverse (more on that to come).  Here are some with side notes, so you can take a deeper dive should you be intrigued;

  • Corduroy Poo-Poo (not such a good band name) = Noisy Lo-Fi Electronic Garage Band
  • Speak the Worms = An amalgamation of words, stories, brainfarts and experimental music.  (You lost me at brainfarts)
  • The Diablo Project with Jai Diablo = Stoner/Sludge Rock
  • Bedtime For Robots = Electronic ambient/experimental
  • The Miles Hunt Club = teaming up with Wonder Stuff front-man Miles Hunt.

Actually, the Bedtime For Robots project is a pretty exciting one, with soundtrack work that reaches some interesting avant-garde.  It has pretty good acclaim, reaching worlwide underground radio and Internet radio shows.  Hey!  We’re one of them now!  Yeah, we’re more obscure than 2004’s album Another One For You To Hate by Love In Reverse.  Anyway, some cool side projects for you to check out, as we did.  But here comes the big surprise!  They have albums in 2020 and just two years ago in 2022!  What?!  How the hell did I miss those?  I’m embarrassed, but I’m glad I pulled their name out for Unknown Sundays 2024, because if I had not I would not have enjoyed

  • 2020’s  I’m An Illusion
  • 2022’s  Fake It

Ferentino, Karu and Halpern (drums) are back at it again, planning something I believe for 2024, as there was a single talk on their Facebook page prior to my finishing touches on this article.  And, after having heard the marksmanship, evolution, and maturity of Fake It, and the excellent production value without a huge label backing, I would certainly state Love In Reverse is a worthy catalog to jump into currently for it’s groove and alternative pop-rock delivery, as well as swerve back in time to those two albums in the 1990’s.  The rest, and there’s quite a bit, I’ll leave up to you!  I expect a report back before next Unknown Sunday, ok?  I’m kidding (but you knew that).

Love In Reverse Albums In My Collection:
  • I Was Here (1996)
  • Words Become Worms  (1998)


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