Getting Ritualistic with Mondo Drag

Hailing from the hotbed of righteous psychedelia known as Devenport, Iowa, the five-piece Mondo Drag blend retro stylization, modern approaches and timeless groove for a concoction both lysergic and familiar. Their debut, New Rituals, was just released via Alive Records. Ever vigilant in these cases, the PR wire has the info:

Merging exciting psychedelic rock with an electric blues edge, Mondo Drag delivers a sound that references the past while pushing forwards towards the future (Jimi Hendrix, Pentagram, Blue Cheer and even Pink Floyd are part of the band’s musical lexicon, while Sonic Youth hints to its current references). Mondo Drag’s first-rate live performances have become a thing of local legend in and around its Midwest home and have seen the band share stages with artists such as Sleepy Sun, Dead Meadow, Witchcraft, Radio Moscow, Jennifer Gentle, The Dodos, Cass McCombs, Awesome Color and Monotonix to name a few. With a hulking wall of sound, an arsenal of guitars and a head full of clouds, Mondo Drag is on a rock ‘n’ roll mission.

A taste of what Mondo Drag’s New Rituals holds in store can be sampled now as the record’s intoxicating title track has been posted online at this location. In celebration of the release of New Rituals, Mondo Drag has announced upcoming US tour dates as well as multiple appearances at the 2010 SXSW Music Festival, set to take place March 17-21 in Austin, TX.

Mondo Drag live dates:
February 6 – Iowa City, IAWhite Lightning Wherehouse
February 9 – St. Louis, MOOff Broadway Nightclub
February 10 – Carbondale, ILThe Swamp
February 11 – Lexington, KYAl’s Bar
February 12 – Nashville, TNSpringwater Supper Club
February 13 – Murfreesboro, TNWall Street
February 14 – Greenbrier, TNLoudhouse Coffee
February 15 – Cincinnati, OHBlue Rock Tavern
February 16 – Detroit, MICorktown Tavern
February 17 – Chicago, ILThe Mopery
February 18 – Dekalb, IL – House Show
February 20 – Davenport, IARME Hall (New Rituals CD release show!)
March 17 – Austin, TXCheers on 6th (SXSW)
March 20 – Austin, TXElectra Beauty Lounge (SXSW)

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