Words El Jefe.
Ever wish you were born in a different era? Mondo Drag may not necessarily feel that way, but they certainly wholeheartedly do embrace late ‘60s / early ‘70s music. But this one’s not about heavy metal thunder, much more the mind-warping psych-rock trip out scene.
Mondo Drag’s core members are childhood friends who no doubt discovered their mutual love of psych and prog (and all other things ‘70s, you know, flares, muscle cars and the like) before setting out on this journey. They also recently shifted their base of operations to Oakland just prior to releasing this LP. They have also been fortunate enough to be able to utilise the brilliantly talented rhythm section of Blues Pills for this record.
Words Joel Parnell.
If the name of Melbourne blues rock trio Child were to be taken literally, then surely its parents would be Jimi Hendrix and Tony Iommi.
The band’s self titled debut is a gripping display of fuzzed out, blues inspired heavy rock at its finest and drips with raw human emotion. Guitarist / singer Mathias Northway channels B.B. King on the albums opening track Trees with the timeless refrain “Every day I have the blues”. Impressive Hendrix-esque solos are complimented by classic, sombre vocal melodies made powerful by poignant, whiskey soaked whiteboy blues wailings.
Words Justin Tawil.
The name Demonauta may not be one that you’ve seen before, understandable as they are a Chilean Fuzz-Rock band – something the nation of Chile isn’t exactly known for – but by all means, these guys definitely know how to wield the power of the riff. Caminando En La Luna, the trio’s second full release, is a comprehensive display of what stoner rock and groove has become. Even though the band doesn’t dare to stray very far from the archetypal sound of stoner / fuzz rock, the Chilean group still manage to add in their own spice to create some unique passages of music.
Standout performances from guitarist David are what really make this a solid album. From beginning to end David’s riffs deliver blow after blow of beefy groove fuelled steeze and prove that these guys are the real fucking deal. However, he isn’t just a one trick pony; his wild leads add extra bursts of liveliness onto what is already an electrifying musical experience. Conversely, there are moments such as the interlude in Camaleon that dials back the pace of the track, only to bust back into that colossal groove monster that drives the rest of the album. Continue reading