Archive for the ‘Stoner’ Category
Former Distillers lead singer Brody Dalle has a new band Spinnerette, and their new EP is a catchy beaut..
You know the old adage that every one who saw the Velvet Underground ,formed a band? Well here’s a nice time waster to see what Lou, Nico, Moe, Sterling and John spawned …. and so on … and so on…
Before you know it the day is over. Yer welcome.
It was December of 1992 in Long Branch, NJ when three friends convened to jam and throw around musical ideas. The setting was one that’s repeated all over the world when good friends and instruments are in the same room. The only difference between this jam and the million others that take place each day was the creation of The Atomic Bitchwax. Comprised of Monster Magnet’s guitarist Ed Mundell, Godspeed bassist Chris Kosnik, and up-and-coming drummer Keith Ackerman, The Atomic Bitchwax conjured up a sound that now epitomizes and fuels the Jersey shore rock scene.
During the trios early jam sessions a genuine, natural retro-rock style merged that would eventually become the band’s signiture sound. This unique blend of low-end hooks and psychedelic melodies was in no way influenced by any of the musical trends that surrounded them during the time of its inception. In fact, the band’s style of play was furmulated and ingrained in their heads years before their first show and even before they decided on the band’s name.
1993 and 1994 witnessed The Atomic Bitchwax cut a few demos, which were schdeuled around the band’s commitments to other projects. Ackerman joined Slaprocket, Kosnik had left Godspeed to play guitar in Daisycutter, then bass for Slap Rocket, while Mundell was busy with Monster Magnet. Although the trios ability to tour was severely restricted, The Atomic Bitchwax played every oppurtunity they could and shared stages with Clutch, Brutal Truth, Eyehategod, Nebula, Shine/Spirit Caravan, Chrome Locust and dozens more. Towards the end of 1997, The Atomic Bitchwax recorded Hey Alright for the critically acclaimed Welcome to Meteorcity compilation.
The in early 1998 inked a deal with Tee Pee/MIA Records. Even before the ink was dry on the contract the band holed up in the infamous Trax East Studios with Producer Eric Rachel (Core, Electric Frankenstein) and recorded its Tee Pee/MIA Records self-titled full-length. 1999 saw the Atomic Bitchwax hit the road as co-headliners with California’s Nebula on the Riff Rock Railroad Tour, with fellow NJ retro rockers Core. Finally, their fans had the chance to see the band in a live context. When Bitchwax plays, they jam. Each performance brings something new.
2000 ended up being a great year for the band. They recorded their sophomore release “II” (with a guest appearance by Warren Haynes). The album garnered even more impressive reviews and accolades then the debut. All the major press said something positive about the band and the release. In September, the band won High Times magazine’s Doobie Award for Best Stoner Rock Band. The band also played a short set at the awards ceremony, including a guest appearance from Warren Haynes.
Always writing and jamming, the Atomic Bitchwax entered the studio in February 2001 to record new material for an EP that will be released this February. Nod Zine was invited to document the two day session (Fly On The Wall – multimedia part on the EP). At the end of 2001 The Atomic Bitchwax did their first European tour with Masters Of Reality and Terra Firma.
At the beginning of February 2002 The Atomic Bitchwax broke up, because of internal problems (see news. It became public a month later when Ed posted a message on the I Hope You Die Yahoo fan club. As a swan song the Spit Blood EP was released on March 25th, 2002.
So Come On
Jesu is a band formed in 2003 in Abergele, Wales, UK by Justin Broadrick following the breakup of Godflesh (He was also in Napalm Death). Jesu was the name of the last song on the final Godflesh release, Hymns. and Broadrick decided to adopt it as the name of his new project.
The first release, the Heart Ache EP, was released in 2004 and featured Broadrick playing all of the instruments. It was followed in 2005 by the full-length self-titled LP, which featured the addition of bassist Diarmuid Dalton and drummer Ted Parsons, although not every song featured both new members.
With their third release, 2006’s four song Silver EP, Jesu took a more melodic and layered approach, gaining comparison to shoegazing band My Bloody Valentine.
Their second full-length album, titled Conqueror, was released in February 2007 in the US, UK, in Europe and Japan. The Japanese edition also contained a bonus disc featuring the two tracks that constitute the ‘Sun Down’ / ‘Sun Rise’ EP, released elsewhere as a 12” album on April 23.
The band made their United States live debut, in March of 2007, as an opening act for Isis, although work permit problems caused them to miss the first three weeks of the tour. Neither Ted Parsons nor Diarmuid Dalton were able to participate in the tour and were temporarily replaced by Danny Walker, of Intronaut, and long time Broadrick collaborator, Dave Cochrane, respectively. During this tour, Jesu also made its South by Southwest debut as part of a Hydra Head showcase.
Interview – Part 1
Interview – Part 2
Interview – Part 3
Fu Manchu is a Southern Californian stoner rock band described in Rolling Stone magazine as:
“Super heavy and bass happy Detroit rock ‘n’ roll mixed with totally deep-fried, fuzzed out, window breakin’, pot sellin’, sleepin-in-the-van, and skater metal.”
Influenced by classic hardcore bands like “Black Flag” the lyrics on Fu Manchu’s releases tend to stick to the topics of pinball, muscle cars, UFOs, Bigfoot, drugs, poker, women and skateboarding. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
You just know Fast Times at Ridgemont High’s Spicoli would be totally into them, and so are we.
So don’t bogart, share the sounds of the men we call Fu Manchu.
Fu Manchu is:
• Scott Hill – vocals and guitar
• Bob Balch – Guitar and vocals
• Scott Reeder – drums
• Brad Davis – Bass and vocals
Look inside.. the day started right
A back road in a dirt town lives.. all time
Slowly turns.. signals high.. what happens next
The mongoose flies
Removed from the times
Event for the eyes
Mid day they gathered one by one
The story lies behind.. the mongoose flies on by
Out on the street they ride.. the mongoose flies on by
King of the Road
Squash that Fly