Dinosaur Eyelids Post “Vernal Equinox” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on April 26th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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New Jersey-based heavy rockers Dinosaur Eyelids are currently in their seventh year and working on their fifth album. Their last offering, Bypass to Nowhere — even as I know the exact bypass they’re talking about I can’t help but wonder why it always comes back to highways with New Jersey — was released in 2014 and among its featured tracks is the spacey, jammy “Vernal Equinox.” And it just so happens that Dinosaur Eyelids have a new video for that song put together with satellite/ISS views from space, performance footage that I’m pretty sure comes from the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, some cool sunspots and so on.

Point is I doubt it’s anything you’d see paired with the track itself and think it’s out of place. While I think I’ll always hear an underlying edge of aggression in anything from my formerly beloved Garden State, Dinosaur Eyelids are at very least toning it way down here, I guess leaving the crunchier vibes for album cuts like “Halo Judgment” and “Talkin’ to Me” while the bulk of the record basks in a post-grunge alternamelodic looseness, and if it’s disaffection, well, at least it’s disaffection in the summertime humidity. These guys have always been right on the line between what I think fits around here and what doesn’t, and I won’t speak for their currently-in-progress next record, but at least this song works.

Find the “Vernal Equinox” video below, and enjoy:

Dinosaur Eyelids, “Vernal Equinox” official video

Official music video from the album “Bypass to Nowhere”

We’d like to take a moment to clear up some of the rumors currently circulating in the media. Yes, we are in the studio working on our fifth album. Yes, it is better than anything we’ve ever done. Yes, we are working with music legend Ed Wilson as our producer. Yes, Mark has impregnated all of the Kardashians.

We hope this clears things up.

Thanks to everyone who came out to our ALS Benefit Show at John in Peter’s (New Hope, PA) in December! We raised almost $1,000 for a very good cause. Thank you also to everyone who came to our big return to the Court Tavern (New Brunswick, NJ) on March 4th. It was our 20th show in the basement and definitely one of the best.

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The Obsessed, Karma to Burn and The Atomic Bitchwax to Tour North America

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 5th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

That is a gosh darn significant lineup. The ObsessedThe Atomic Bitchwax and Karma to Burn? I mean, really. Who’s gonna complain about that show? Unless you happen to live in/near a city not being hit by the tour, I can’t really see anything to bitch about when it comes to pairing those acts up. Each offers something different from the others, but is completely excellent at what they do, whether that’s The Obsessed‘s trailblazing Maryland doom, The Atomic Bitchwax‘s frenetic winding riffage or Karma to Burn‘s instrumental crunch. Seems reasonable to expect these will be some killer evenings.

Word came out from The Obsessed a bit ago, but Karma to Burn — still in the midst of a current European tour — newly announced the run as follows via the PR wire:

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KARMA TO BURN Announce North American Tour With The Obsessed and The Atomic Bitchwax

In support of their new release Karma To Burn will hit the road this spring with The Obsessed and The Atomic Bitchwax. The tour starts May 13th in Washington, DC and runs through June 11th in Atlanta, GA. A complete list of dates can be found below.

The band commented on the upcoming tour:

“What better way to follow a full European tour than following The Obsessed and Atomic Bitchwax around America? How about a month off in Sardinia, followed by a year living in the Netherlands. As much as we would like that, we should do the tour, it’s only our second full US tour in 5 years, so we’re a bit overdue in our own country. The stacked lineup and extensive schedule should make up for our absence. THE OBSESSED…Wino…the demi-god of DOOM…we couldn’t pick a better US band to support. But honestly we’re most excited about the burritos and burgers. See you on the road.”

There’s no indication that things are about to slow down for this band – what with their spring 2016 tour coming up, which has already been confirmed. So no signs of fatigue in the Karma To Burn camp. “More than 20 years ago, people told me that a purely instrumental band could never work in the long run,” William Mecum recalls. “But Karma To Burn are like a boxer with a big heart, amazing stamina and a talent for getting back on his feet again and again.” Which is just as well, seeing that in this case there’s a mountain to be conquered.

KARMA TO BURN W/ The Obsessed and The Atomic Bitchwax,
5/13: Washington DC @ Black Cat
5/14: Pittsburgh PA @ Altar Bar
5/15: Harrisonburg PA @ Golden Pony
5/16: Brooklyn NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
5/18: Richmond VA @ Strange Matter
5/19: Philadelphia PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
5/20: Huntington WV @ V Club
5/21: Indianapolis IN @ 5th Quarter Lounge
5/22: Chicago IL @ Beat Kitchen
5/23: Minneapolis MN @ 7th Street Entry
5/24: Rock Island IL @ Rock Island Brewing Co.
5/25: St. Louis MO @ Fubar
5/26: Kansas City MO @ Riot Room
5/28: Denver CO @ 3 Kings
5/30: Seattle WA @ El Corazon
5/31: Portland OR @ Dante’s
6/2: San Francisco CA @ Slim’s
6/3: Los Angeles CA @ Complex
6/4: San Diego CA @ Brick By Brick
6/5: Phoenix AZ @ Club Red
6/7: Austin TX @ Dirty Dog
6/8: Ft. Worth TX @ Tomcats West
6/9: Houston TX @ Walter’s
6/10: New Orleans LA @ Siberia
6/11: Atlanta GA @ Drunken Unicorn

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The Atomic Bitchwax Post Video for “Ice Age”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on February 29th, 2016 by H.P. Taskmaster

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True, The Atomic Bitchwax‘s sixth album, 2015’s Gravitron (review here), hit really hard. A lot of it was all-out, full-on, other-hyphenated-phrases-that-mean-really-fast winding riffage, the New Jersey trio of bassist/vocalist Chris Kosnik, guitarist/vocalist Finn Ryan and drummer Bob Pantella leaving most bands in their dust while also writing catchy, memorable songs. Think that’s easy? Try it.

But the Bitchwax do as the Bitchwax does, and while so much of Gravitron raged ahead with frenetic impact, closer “Ice Age” took a more laid back approach. They never lack for groove either way, but the album’s finishing track recalled some of the band’s more pop-informed fare, like “Wreck You” from 2008’s TAB4 in the unmitigated centrality of its hook, but still fitting with Gravitron‘s vibe overall. They’ve got a new video for “Ice Age” that reminds of how easy it was to get the song stuck in your head.

Actually, on the back of the CD, the song is listed as “Ice Age ‘Hey Baby'” with the “Hey Baby” in double quotes, and the promo I got had it as “Ice Age Hey Baby,” but the video calls it “Ice Age,” and since it’s the band putting it together, I won’t ague. By any other name, it’s still catchy as hell. Both the phrase “ice age” and the phrase “hey baby” get repeated enough either way that you’ll be able to pick up immediately which song it is if you heard the record, and if you didn’t, shit, you’re in for a treat.

Have at it:

The Atomic Bitchwax, “Ice Age” official video

New Jersey’s legendary, riff-centric power trio THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX returns with gargantuan riffs and jaw-dropping psych sonics on its sixth full length LP “GRAVITRON”.

Now featuring TWO members of MONSTER MAGNET – bassist/vocalist Chris Kosnik and drummer Bob Pantella – alongside shred-tastic gunslinger Finn Ryan, the band has perfected its unique style of NYC hard rock that High Times appropriately tabbed, “thunder-boogie.” On Gravitron, THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX’s Rush-like riff mazes and carpal-tunnel-inducing riffs are on full display; every note bleeds with urgency. There’s far too much exuberant energy on the record to lazily tag this as “Stoner Rock”; this is high-octane, ’70s-based hard rock infused with stabs of psychedelia and landslides of Tommy Bolin-inspired guitar heroics ! Gravitron is an A-level masterclass in bad ass Rock’N’ Roll and cements the THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX as an undeniable force in today’s heavy music landscape.

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The Atomic Bitchwax Premiere “It’s Alright” Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on November 13th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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It’s been a busy year for New Jersey’s primo twisters of riff The Atomic Bitchwax. In addition to releasing their sixth full-length, Gravitron (review here), on Tee Pee Records, the Garden State trio toured Europe this spring and in the US in the early fall, and in less than two weeks’ time, they’ll head abroad once more to round out 2015 on the road with dates in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Denmark and the UK. They’ve got one day off on an 18-show run, and it seems as though they’re trying to match the intensity of Gravitron‘s high-speed churn with a touring ethic that sees them hand-delivering the riffage one town at a time.

Today, the velocity-prone three-piece of bassist/vocalist Chris Kosnik (also now of Monster Magnet), guitarist/vocalist Finn Ryan and drummer Bob Pantella (also also of Monster Magnet) premiere a new video for the track “It’s Alright,” and like much of their work, it balances a laid back sensibility on top of a rhythmic mania in a manner that, in less capable hands, would completely fall flat. Like other album highlights “No Way Man” (video here) and “Coming in Hot,” it’s got blinding riffs and a hook that, though moving quick, implants itself on your brain in that signature Bitchwax style. The band’s energy throughout Gravitron is unmatched in their back catalog, and they seem comfortable working at a jog that for many heavy acts would be a sprint beyond their pace.

As to the video itself? Dancing girls, copious sunglasses, the band jamming out and Pantella mysteriously in and out of a pig mask (note that the pig still wears sunglasses) — it’s hard to argue it doesn’t have something for everybody. The European tour starts Nov. 25, which is just a couple days before the US celebrates Thanksgiving, but they’ll be back in time for Xmas, so, you know, it’s alright.

Enjoy:

The Atomic Bitchwax, “It’s Alright” official video

In April 2015, TAB released their 6th album “Gravitron” on Tee Pee Records, and toured in Europe during the spring! Fuzz on Bitchwax!

EURO WINTER TOUR DATES ARE IN!!!
25.11.15 HANNOVER – MEPHISTO – GERMANY
26.11.15 UTRECHT – DB’s – HOLLAND
28.11.15 TOULOUSE – LE SAINT DES SEINS – FRANCE
29.11.15 NANTES – LE FARRAILLEUR – FRANCE
30.11.15 PARIS – LA MECANIQUE ONDULATOIRE – FRANCE
01.12.15 LONDON – BLACK HEART – UK
02.12.15 MILTON KEYNES – CRAUFURD ARMS – UK
03.12.15 GLASGOW – AUDIO – SCOTLAND
04.12.15 COVENTRY – THE PHOENIX – UK
05.12.15 EBBW VALE GWENT – EVI CULTURAL ARTS CENTRE – UK
06.12.15 DRACHTEN – IDUNA – HOLLAND
07.12.15 DORTMUND – PIANO – GERMANY
08.12.15 KIEL – SCHAUBUDE – GERMANY
09.12.15 HAMBURG – ROCK CAFE – GERMANY
10.12.15 COPENHAGEN – KB18 – DENMARK
11.12.15 GOTHENBURG – TRUCKSTOP ALASKA – SWEDEN
12.12.15 AALBORG – 1000 FRYD – DENMARK
13.12.15 BERLIN – BASSY – GERMANY

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The Atomic Bitchwax Winter European Tour Announced

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 5th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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New Jersey’s finest riffspinners The Atomic Bitchwax will head north for the coming winter. Northern Europe, anyway. Later this month, the perennial kickers of ass will fly over for a round of shows in Germany, the Netherlands, France, the UK, Denmark and Sweden, playing famed venues like The Black Heart in Camden, London, and Truckstop Alaska in Gothenburg in support of earlier-2015’s Gravitron (review here), a record of which I recently haphazardly ordered a second copy, thought about doing a giveaway for it, and then decided, nah, better to have two anyway for when I wear the first one out. Sorry.

Not that sorry.

The tour kicks off in Hannover, Germany, on the day before the US celebrates Thanksgiving. For those who’d like to be informed:

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THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX is an American rock band from Long Branch NJ formed in 1993 by bassist/vocalist Chris Kosnik, guitarist Ed Mundell and drummer Keith Ackerman. Their music is a combination of 60s psychedelic rock, and 70s riff rock filtered though the progressive rock influences of today. This lineup released two full length records together “The Atomic Bitchwax S/T” in 1999, “TAB 2″ in 2000, and the odds and ends EP “Spit Blood” in 2002.

In 2005, entered guitarist/vocalist Finn Ryan. With him on board, TAB focused on writing and touring for about a year before entering studios to record their follow up, the aptly titled “TAB 3”. The 2005 release was followed by two European and North American tours with a stop in Seattle Washington’s “Sound House” to record the 2006 EP “Boxriff”.

Two years later, in 2007, Monster Magnet’s drummer Bob Pantella joined TAB and more touring follows throughout the year ending with the recording and release of the 2008 “TAB 4”. This current lineup’s latest work includes the 2011 release of “The Local Fuzz” boasting one 42 minute track of over 50 riffs back to back. 2012 and 2013 brings the bands road show to Australia, New Zealand, England, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and North America.

In April 2015, TAB released their 6th album “Gravitron” on Tee Pee Records, and toured in Europe during the spring! Fuzz on Bitchwax!

EURO WINTER TOUR DATES ARE IN!!!
25.11.15 HANNOVER – MEPHISTO – GERMANY
26.11.15 UTRECHT – DB’s – HOLLAND
28.11.15 TOULOUSE – LE SAINT DES SEINS – FRANCE
29.11.15 NANTES – LE FARRAILLEUR – FRANCE
30.11.15 PARIS – LA MECANIQUE ONDULATOIRE – FRANCE
01.12.15 LONDON – BLACK HEART – UK
02.12.15 MILTON KEYNES – CRAUFURD ARMS – UK
03.12.15 GLASGOW – AUDIO – SCOTLAND
04.12.15 COVENTRY – THE PHOENIX – UK
05.12.15 EBBW VALE GWENT – EVI CULTURAL ARTS CENTRE – UK
06.12.15 DRACHTEN – IDUNA – HOLLAND
07.12.15 DORTMUND – PIANO – GERMANY
08.12.15 KIEL – SCHAUBUDE – GERMANY
09.12.15 HAMBURG – ROCK CAFE – GERMANY
10.12.15 COPENHAGEN – KB18 – DENMARK
11.12.15 GOTHENBURG – TRUCKSTOP ALASKA – SWEDEN
12.12.15 AALBORG – 1000 FRYD – DENMARK
13.12.15 BERLIN – BASSY – GERMANY

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Monster Magnet, Cobras and Fire: The Best Hallucinations

Posted in Reviews on October 15th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Cobras and Fire is the second Monster Magnet release of its kind. In 2014, the stalwart New Jersey outfit, very much led by frontman Dave Wyndorf, issued Milking the Stars (review here), a collection of tracks reworked from their original incarnations on 2013’s Last Patrol (review here). “Reimagined” was how the extended title put it, and rightly enough. Subtitled The Mastermind Redux, Cobras and Fire fulfills a similar function in relation to 2010’s Mastermind (review here), taking some of its tracks and reinterpreting them into something new. The difference? The tracks from Mastermind had much further to go to get this weird. I’ll make no bones about not being much of a fan of Monster Magnet‘s original 2010 offering.

While what was their debut on Napalm Records was unarguably their biggest-sounding album, it was overpopulated with filler and played more to what had become the expectation for the band’s material — grandiose lyrical proclamations of cosmic supremacy met with driving hard rock riffing and just a nudge of classic rock influence. It grossly under-served a vision of Monster Magnet that was rooted not in commercial enterprise, but in being so much its own thing that one couldn’t help but buy in. Last Patrol marked a turn toward more psychedelic fare, not trying to recapture what made the band’s earliest work — Spine of God (1991), Superjudge (1993) and Dopes to Infinity (1995) — so pivotal as much as bringing that side of their approach forward for a modern update, and so Milking the Stars was more of an expansion along the same lines. In revisiting cuts from Mastermind and bringing them into the fold of where Monster Magnet are today stylistically as opposed to where they were five years ago, Wyndorf and his studio co-conspirator Phil Caivano (guitar, bass, etc.) basically had to work from the ground up.

Thus, a song like the sleaze-laden opener “She Digs that Hole” bares little resemblance to “Dig that Hole” from Mastermind, on which it’s based. The level of what’s-there-now to what-was-already-there varies throughout, and in the case of instrumentals “The Titan” and “Time Machine,” an essential function came in pulling vocals out entirely from the original tracks, the effect of the songs completely different in expanding a cinematic and atmospheric, emotional breadth, respectively, enriching the listening experience as a whole and deepening the cuts surrounding. But even that isn’t the entire story. Last Patrol was a humbler affair than Mastermind, and that worked much to the record’s benefit, so to find “Hallucination Bomb,” which was all bluster and crash, a nine-minute psychedelic exploration is duly refreshing.

On Cobras and Fire, it follows the organ-laced Baby Woodrose-style garage-rock bouncer “Watch Me Fade” (originally a bonus cut, if you want to talk about reshuffled priorities), which picks up the tempo from the attitude-laden “She Digs that Hole” and the revamped title-track, which is spacious without bring overbearing, and aside from being the point of delivery for the title line, it is a signature moment for the album and a marked triumph in its approach, drummer Bob Pantella (also of The Atomic Bitchwax) holding the rhythm steady as Wyndorf and Caivano space out on guitar and keys and other conjurations-of-swirl. It’s not the most space-rock inclusion — that’s still to come — but as a work of heavy psych it shows that not only can Monster Magnet tap into the lysergic intent that helped establish them as such an influential act worldwide, but that they can do so in a manner that sounds utterly current in its classicism. Calling up from the churn, Wyndorf gives a last-minute touch of humanity to a jam that sounds like it could shoot well over the 10-minute mark, though here it leads into a blissfully quiet rendering of “Gods and Punks,” stripped of its pseudo-anthemic trappings and resting only on the already-there strength of its songwriting.

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A subtle build is enacted across “Gods and Punks,” and Wyndorf still takes what he takes because he wants what he wants in the chorus, rest assured, but there’s so much less performance of swagger that, in comparison, the original song seems forced. Here, “Gods and Punks” plays out spaciously over a quiet central guitar figure, casting echoes outward less not in chest-beating dudery but in cleverer turns and more intricate delivery. A fade brings about “The Titan,” the keys and strings of which are, perhaps, Cobras and Fire‘s most blustery moment, and with the thudding kick-drum that begins “When the Planes Fall from the Sky,” Monster Magnet signal a shift into more straightforward fare that does indeed play out, but even that plays out in an engagingly trippy fashion, reverb-soaked and added backing swirl resulting in an affect more nod and less headbang. While there’s no interruption to the overarching flow, “Ball of Confusion” presents another stylistic transition.

Playing off the original by The Temptations, it’s a moment of pure Hawkwindian space rock, the thrust full-on in the drums and bass as Wyndorf rides the forward wave and backs himself in the chorus en route to a freaked-out midsection that leads to an especially victorious final return, a long fade and stretch of sampled wind noise leading to a six-minute take on “Time Machine,” fleshed into piano and guitar interplay and, without vocals, given an introspective feel no less trance-inducing than was the expanse of “Hallucination Bomb.” That makes its quiet finish a perfect lead-in for the Joe Barresi-constructed “I Live Behind the Paradise Machine: Evil Joe Barresi’s Magnet Mash Vol. 1,” the cumbersomely-named mashup closer that takes parts of “I Live Behind the Clouds” and “Paradise” from Last Patrol and puts them together in a track that, even though it doesn’t necessarily draw from Mastermind — that said, there could very well be part of “Time Machine” in there — serves as a completely necessary final statement of just how far out Monster Magnet have gone from the comfortable space in which they resided half a decade ago.

The almost wistful feel of “I Live Behind the Clouds” in lines like “Nothing’s important yet everything is/There ain’t no picture, I just don’t exist” is turned into even more of a cultural critique with the complementary chorus, “Nobody saved no paradise for me,” handed-on gruffer and accompanied by a scathing wash of lead guitar. At nearly nine minutes, it’s second in length only to “Hallucination Bomb,” but no less essential, as noted above, both in the actual listening of Cobras and Fire front to back and in what it means in terms of how wide-open the answer to “What does Monster Magnet sound like?” has become.

One might criticize Cobras and Fire and/or Milking the Stars as revisionist history — and it’s worth noting that I have no idea if anything guitarist Ed Mundell played on the original version of Mastermind is still present in these tracks — but that seems to me to be missing the point. It’s not about rewriting what Monster Magnet has done before. Those records are out, period. It’s about taking something thought of as established and poking it, pushing it, reshaping it into something different. Fucking with it, in other words. It’s about fucking with it, and for an idea as sacrosanct as a finished full-length album, it suits Monster Magnet particularly well to go back and turn expectation on its head. That seems to be something of a specialty these days, and while it makes whatever might come next less predictable, it also makes it more anticipated.

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Monster Magnet Interview with Dave Wyndorf: “An Interesting World”

Posted in Features on August 31st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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I had been looking forward all week to talking to Monster Magnet‘s Dave Wyndorf for the simple reason that, of anyone you might talk to on any given day, chances are he’s the guy who’s going to have the most interesting story to tell and chances are he’s going to get to telling it with the least amount of bullshit possible. We last spoke in 2013 when Monster Magnet released Last Patrol (review here), what was at the time their strongest outing in more than a decade by my estimation, marked by a return to prominence of the band’s psychedelic and space rock influences. In short, they got weird again. And not a moment too soon.

Their prior outing, 2010’s Napalm Records debut, Mastermind (review here), certainly had its moments but ultimately came across as playing to formula both in songwriting and aesthetic. For a band who’d been so brazen earlier in their career on records like their classic 1991 debut, Spine of God, or even 1998’s fourth outing, Powertrip, which set the tone in one way or another for nearly everything Monster Magnet would do until Last Patrol arrived. Prior to that album, it seemed like a changing heavy rock climate had left them behind, and so it was even more encouraging when, instead of pressing ahead after Last Patrol and essentially working under a new formula, Wyndorf and his studio partner, guitarist Phil Caivano, got even weirder, reworking material from Last Patrol, tripping it further out and pushing even deeper into space on last year’s unexpected release, Milking the Stars (review here).

If Milking the Stars proved anything at all, it was that anyone who thought they knew what Monster Magnet were going to do next — fans, critics, whoever — were dead wrong, and the upcoming Cobras and Fire (out Oct. 9 on Napalm; review pending) follows that impulse even deeper. In concept, it does to Mastermind essentially what Milking the Stars did to Last Patrol; it reimagines the songs and gives them a new context. The difference is the songs from Mastermind had a much longer way to go to get to where they are on Cobras and Fire, which between the brand new sleazed-out opener “She Digs that Hole” and the Temptations-gone-Hawkwind cover “Ball of Confusion” makes even the most whacked-out jams on the last album seem tame.

Reworking cuts like “Time Machine” and “The Titan Who Cried Like a Baby” — now just “The Titan” — as instrumentals broadens the context further, but the strength of Cobras and Fire is as much about the quality of what’s there as what’s done with it. “When the Planes Fall from the Sky,” “Gods and Punks,” and “Hallucination Bomb” were strong tracks to start with — had good bones, you might say if they were a house you were interested in buying — but their stretched, twisted, morphed into new identities for themselves and the album as a whole, the headphone-worthiness of which bleeds from every minute of its hour run, right down to the Joe Barresi-assembled mashup, “I Live behind the Paradise Machine,” which rounds out on a boldly atmospheric note, sending Cobras and Fire out not with a bang, or with a whimper, but with the realization that there’s a whole world out there and as much as ever, something about it just doesn’t fit.

Wyndorf has a keen talent for phrasing, as anyone who’s ever read his lyrics can attest. In the interview that follows, he talks as much if not more about the conditions in which artists create today as about these songs or bringing Chris Kosnik in on bass for the live incarnation of the band with lead guitarist Garrett Sweeny, WyndorfCaivano, and drummer Bob Pantella, but I consider it all relevant to not just this record, but to where Monster Magnet are headed from here as they continue to move forward to their inevitable next full-length, next tour, etc. Basically, each ramble is a fucking treasure, and as much as you want to dig in, you can. In the end, if you can’t get down, it’s your loss.

Complete Q&A is 9,200-plus words. It follows after the jump. Enjoy.

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The Atomic Bitchwax Post New Video for “No Way Man”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on August 10th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Having a rough afternoon? Perhaps you’re dug deep into the usual post-weekend every-decision-I’ve-ever-made-is-wrong blues? Well, The Atomic Bitchwax are here for you. The winding NJ heavy rock power trio have a brand new video out for the track “No Way Man” from their 2015 album, Gravitron (review here), and if anything’s going to lift your spirits at all, it’s the Bitchwax. And by you, I mean me. And by “blues” I mean “it’s complicated.”

Nonetheless, what isn’t complicated is the kicking of ass that The Atomic Bitchwax deliver with from-the-word-go intensity on Gravitron, which is available now via Tee Pee Records. Inarguably their heaviest-sounding album, it shows off the chemistry that the lineup of bassist/vocalist Chris Kosnik, guitarist/vocalist Finn Ryan and drummer Bob Pantella have built up over the better part of the last decade both in the studio and on stages across — well, mostly across Europe, but a bit in the States as well.

To that end, the Bitchwax kick off a North American run this week — emphasis on North American; dates in Canada and all; no Mexico this time out — in support of Gravitron. I’m not sure if they ever went cross-country for 2011’s The Local Fuzz (review here), but they’ll be out on the West Coast and in-between this time, and I can speak even beyond my Garden State bias to say it’s well worth the effort to catch them if you can.

And while we’re talking about “catching them if you can,” the track “No Way Man” is a suitable challenge to anyone who’d try to keep up with The Atomic Bitchwax‘s frenetic pacing and blink-and-miss-it rhythmic turns. Tour dates follow the clip below, filmed edited by Shotwell Productions with further editing by The War Machine. Have fun:

The Atomic Bitchwax, “No Way Man” official video

THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX recently announced their upcoming U.S. headline tour, which kicks off Thursday, August 13th in Brooklyn, NY at The Shop. The tour will feature support from Mos Generator and Against The Grain. See below for a full listing of all currently confirmed tour dates.

THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX U.S. Tour Dates:
8/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Shop
8/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
8/15 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
8/16 – Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
8/17 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
8/18 – Sudbury, ON @ Townehouse
8/19 – Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club
8/20 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
8/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Street Pub
8/22 – Dayton, OH @ RockStar Pro Arena
8/23 – Hamtramck, MI @ Smalls
8/24 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door
8/25 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
8/26 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
8/27 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
8/29 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
9/1 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
9/2 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw
9/3 – Portland, OR @ Panic Room
9/4 – Oakland, CA @ Leos
9/5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Loaded
9/6 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
9/8 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
9/9 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links Deep Ellum
9/10 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
9/11 – Houston, TX @ Rudyards
9/12 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
9/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
9/15 – Raleigh, NC @ Pour House
9/16 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
9/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
9/18 – New York, NY @ Bowery Electric
9/19 – Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13

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