When I was asked to review four-piece Melbourne dirt rockers Mammoth Mammoth’s new offering, Mount The Mountain, I was pretty chuffed. Having shared the stage on quite a number of occasions (and a few beverages) with these maniacs, I consider them good mates. Then I thought, “Aw man, what if it sux”? Luckily, this was not the case.
When I first heard the band a few years back, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got was a hybrid of Motorhead, Cosmic Psychos and Rose Tattoo. They’d been described to me as a stoner band in the past and although I hear elements of that (Black Sabbath), it’s definitely not my go to thought when I hear Mikey (vox), Cuz (guitar), Pete (bass) and Bones (drums) doin’ their thang. It’s a riff fest sure. Rifferama if you will. Mount The Mountain being no different. Continue reading →
Zakk Wylde has been largely well-known as Ozzy Osbourne’s right hand man on the strings for most of his career. That alone though, isn’t the only thing that’s given him big recognition internationally as a musician, as he’s also renowned for his own band, Black Label Society. Wylde and his thrashy troubadours have come back for a run across the country for their first headline tour in ten years with different local supports joining them in each city.
There are records out there that will engross you from the first listen. There are records out there that give you a taste but leave you bewildered. You don’t know what it is, but you like it. Maybe you hate it. Maybe it makes no sense to you why the fuck anyone made this record and why you just wasted 42 minutes of your life listening to it.
And then there is the record that gives you everything and asks for nothing in return. Mainlined sonic satisfaction. The band knows you. They know what you want, almost better than you know yourself. It’s subjective, it’s random and when it happens it’s like voodoo, black magic and conspiracy at the same time.
I got a hold of the new MAMMOTH MAMMOTH record, and it rang my bell.
It’s been a wild ride for Melbourne’s home grown rockers MAMMOTH MAMMOTH! From gigs that were so nuts they were banned from venues to European tours. The band are about to release their forth record and second album on Napalm Records (Germany). Jackyboy had a chat with the lads.
Jackyboy: Mammoth Mammoth’s fourth record is on its way. What was your experience like in the studio?
CUZ: We were really happy with the last album so we recorded the new one the same way. We recorded at Goatsound (Melbourne) again and Jason PC produced again. We wrote all the songs in about 4 weeks and then hit the studio. We have a pretty swift way of working. Usually Mikey turns up just in time to do his bits and Pete shows up late having not slept from the night before. Bones and I usually swing by a 7-Eleven and buy a shitload of BBQ Shapes and that’s basically how we do it. The only difference this time around was that we wrote and recorded about 16 songs and picked the best to go on the album.
Straight off the ocean and into the Gershwin Room at The Esplanade Hotel was a sea of Kyuss and Unida shirts from tours past, donned by the young and old. This is the third time in two years John Garcia has returned to Australian shores, this time touring his self-titled solo album. Bringing with him fellow desert rockers Waxy and hooking up with local legends Mammoth Mammoth, once more, in a gesture of good faith and with an abundance of alcohol, the Melbourne crowd welcomed Garcia ‘home’. Continue reading →