Saturday, 12 May 2018

Mondo Drag “New Rituals” 2010 US Heavy Psych,Space,Stoner


Mondo Drag   “New Rituals” 2010 US Heavy Psych,Space,Stoner
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It sounds like the five members of Iowa rock band Mondo Drag have spent a lot of time flipping through old LPs in local record stores, fishing out vinyl from late-‘60s performers like the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Blue Cheer, then investigating how to replicate the guitar effects on those records. They may have worn out copies of the original Nuggets collection, too. The result on their debut album, New Rituals, is a set of tracks with the heavy feel of the hard rock of 1968. True to the eclecticism of that era, Mondo Drag throw in slower tempos here and there and even break out acoustic guitars for songs like “Come Through” and “Black River.” But they don’t necessarily stay with one tempo or set of chords throughout an entire track, sometimes shifting abruptly to something else, as when the slow closer “Tallest Tales” suddenly changes gears for a faster, harder coda to end the disc. One big difference between Mondo Drag’s influences and their own performances is that the band de-emphasizes vocals, which, when they are there at all, are low in the mix and distorted. Large sections of New Rituals are instrumental, making this a psychedelic experience given over to guitar textures and spacy soundscapes….by William Ruhlmann…allmusic…~


From deep in the cosmos of Iowa, and from the same interstellar scene that gave you Radio Moscow, comes Mondo Drag, orbiting the planet’s garage, psych, space, sludge and stoner rock. With a wall of sound all their own, an arsenal of guitars, and a head full of clouds, they are on a rock n'roll mission. 
Formed by Johnnie Cluney (drums/vocals), Nolan Girard (rhythm guitar/vocals), John Gomino (keyboards/saxophone), Dennis Hockaday (bass), and Jake Sheley (lead guitar) the band is flying head-first into the future, while channeling artists from the past; Pink Floyd, Pentagram, Blue Cheer, even Hendrix are part of their musical lexicon, while Sonic Youth, Dead Meadow, and Comets on Fire hint to their current references. 
The band has been playing with artists such as Sleepy Sun, Dead Meadow, Witchcraft, Black Diamond Heavies, Radio Moscow, Jennifer Gentle, The Dodos, La Octracina, Cass McCombs, Cave, Awesome Color, Monotonix, to name just a few. “New Rituals,” Mondo Drag’s debut for Alive, is an album about life, death, love, revenge, and the unknown. Especially the unknown…..~


Mondo Drag came out of nowhere for me, I discovered them because they were recently added to Roadburn and I read a lot of positive things. “New Rituals” has become a favorite from the first listen and probably will be for most fans of psychedelic rock. The album begins with the title track. The intro is really spacey, slowly gaining focus until it explodes into this sun drenched surf rock stomp with awesome keys. The vocals are very smooth but the real focus is on the music. Expect a lot of interstellar jams throughout. 

“Fade Out (Into Space)” hits you immediately with a powerful groove and soaring vocals. This is definitely one of the best shorter tracks on the record and has great energy that dissipates in a slow feedback drenched solo. It’s easy to see the band’s influences run deep into the 60’s and 70’s haze of Cream, Pink Floyd, Blue Cheer and Hendrix. Speaking of Floyd, “Serpent Shake” and “Love Me (Like a stranger)” makes use of the organ in all the right ways. You couldn’t really ask for better production, it still feels very 60s/70s but without sacrificing any quality. “Come On Through” has a trippy blues vibe going on, it’s very catchy. 

Mondo Drag has a lot in common with some of the new wave of psychedelic bands, both from the stoner rock side and the shoegaze side of it. Bands like Dead Meadow have a lot in common here and I’m sure some of that comes from the two bands touring together. Mondo Drag more of a diverse sound than many of their peers and they really layer the instruments well. While their sound is easily classified under psychedelic rock, there is a larger range of sounds covered here than the average band in this style. The vocals compliment the sound well and never overpower the music. The only downside to some would be the difficulty had making out the words over the fuzz. 

“Black River” is a beautiful instrumental, the acoustic guitar, light keys and flute mesh together to create a really beautiful soundscape. Basically, the whole album is pure psychedelic joy and I see this getting heavy rotation as spring comes along. I know it has only begun but far as 2010 is concerned, this is my top album. This album is highly recommended to anybody with a taste for rock music in general…..by Bleekill…sputnik….~


Neo-psychedelic rock band Mondo Drag were formed in Davenport, Iowa, by Johnnie Cluney (drums/vocals), Nolan Girard (rhythm guitar/vocals), John Gomino (keyboards/saxophone), Dennis Hockaday (bass), and Jake Sheley (lead guitar). The group released its debut album, New Rituals, on Alive Naturalsound Records on January 26, 2010. Their equally trippy, seven-track follow-up features Zack Anderson on bass and Cory Berry on drums, both former members of Radio Moscow. A third rhythm section of bassist Andrew O'Neil and drummer Ventura Garcia joined the band after Mondo Drag was recorded and they relocated to Oakland, California. The album was released on Kozmik Artifactz in the spring of 2015. ~ William Ruhlmann & Marcy Donelson…..~


Hailing from the psychedelic hotbed of, uh, Davenport, Iowa, this stomping five-piece recalls the days when dinosaurs ruled the earth… namely the mid-‘70s, when Led Zeppelin crossed bombast, prog, and cherry-picked mythology to conjure up epics like “Achilles’ Last Stand”. So yes, Mondo Drag boldly goes where many others have gone before on the ironically-titled New Rituals, but the band pulls it off with aplomb, as well as with the requisite saxophones and keyboards, from the swaggering, start-stop rhythms of “Light as a Feather” to the jazzy Deep Purplisms of “Fade Out”, the glam boogie of “Serpent Shake” and the pastoral “Black River”. While some songs are little more than excuses to jam for five-plus minutes (viz., “The Apple”), the band – led by lead guitarist Jake Sheley and bassist Dennis Hockaday – can really bring it, and rarely devolve into stoner rock drudgery/wankery. Mondo Drag may be dwelling in the genre ghetto of '70s psych/hard rock revivalism, but damned if they don’t do it well….by…STEPHEN HAAG…pop matters….~


Trip out with Mondo Drag! From deep in the cosmos of Iowa, this psychedelic outfit has created a strange brew of garage, psych, space, sludge and stoner rock. “New Rituals,” their debut for Alive, is an incursion into extended psychedelic blues guitar jams and haunting vocals over heavy, steady bass lines and thumping percussion. Mondo Drag has shared the stage with bands such as Witchcraft, Dead Meadow, Pentagram, and Radio Moscow, to name just a few. “They rock. Most songs clock in at over 6 minutes, yet you don’t notice the time go by because they seem to take that long just to rev up. Each song stretches, cries, screams, and tears itself apart.” - Berkeley Place…..~


Hailing from Iowa, somewhere in the middle of the USA comes Mondo Drag, a psychedelic rock outfit and their freshly released LP, New Rituals. 
The album begins with the nine minute long title track ‘New Ritual’, encapsulating all the different appeals this band presents in their music. With moments of choppy punk rock-like vocals, a mix of sharp, distorted and windy psychedelic guitar work and an enthusiastic keyboard melody thrown in for good measure, this opener shows what Mondo Drag are all about. Following is the bass-heavy ‘Fade Out (Into Space)’. Evoking Black Sabbath, it’s a short but catchy tune; a good rock and roll song. 
‘True Visions’ slows down the tempo and drawls out from the speakers, vocals echoing out and around the intricate yet fuzzed-out guitar, before flawlessly falling into ‘My, Oh My’. ‘Love Me (Like a Stranger)’ is a lamenting love song with the same mellow feeling as Dead Meadow, but you can feel something crawling underneath it all. 
‘Lights as a Feather’ begins with a guitar riff straight out of Mr Hendrix’s own book, as much as it pains me to make such an easy and lazy comparison, though then floats into a trippy keyboard jam of bizarre space-like noises. ‘Black River’, my personal favourite from the album, pulls out the acoustic guitar for some fast-paced flamenco-esque action, before the seven minute long epic ‘Apple’ rounding it all together with a Darker My Love reminiscent rock song laced with a pop sensibility to leave a lasting impression and one last elongated smokey dream-sequence to walk out of. 
Mondo Drag’s New Ritual brings together spacious 1970’s jams with a punk rock aggression, giving it a contemporary appeal. The 11 tracks together create a harsh but romantic landscape that I can only imagine would take on even more life when witnessed live….by….Alexandra Duguid…~


I’m sure a lot of folks consider California to be the physical and spiritual home of psychedelic rock, but let’s face it: often the best mind-trippers come from places with no glittering array of city lights, stars (of every type) and constant activity to distract them. Take, for example, MONDO DRAG, an acid-fried quintet that hails from the deepest Midwest – specifically Davenport, Iowa. The band displays the usual plumage on New Rituals – distortion and feedback, hazy melodies, a dreamlike atmosphere, acoustic ephemera. But despite treading well-worn ground, the Draggers make it sound fresh, rather than hackneyed – likely the virtue of having no scene to get lost in. Muscular and melodic, Mondo Drag kicks out the new/old jams….by Michael Toland….~





Credits 
Bass – Dennis Hockaday 
Drums – Johnnie Cluney 
Guitar – Jake Sheley 
Keyboards, Saxophone – John Gamino 
Rhythm Guitar – Nolan Girard 
Violin – Skye Merkle-Carrasco 
Vocals – Bambi Suits, Johnnie Cluney, Nolan Girard


Tracklist 
A1 New Rituals
A2 Light As A Feather
A3 Love Me (Like A Stranger)
A4 Come Through
A5 Fade Out
B1 Serpent Shake
B2 True Visions
B3 Apple
B4 Black River 





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The Ossie Layne Show “Barcelona 69 EP” released 2015 UK Soul Funk, Rhythm & Blues


The Ossie Layne Show  “Barcelona 69 EP” released 2015 UK Soul Funk, Rhythm & Blues
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UK band backing the US soul singer Ossie Layne. As The Ossie Laine Show, The band found steady work on the London club scene and as a touring band supporting visiting American soul artists such as Solomon Burke. In the summer of 1968 they also scored a residency playing at the Maddox nightclub located on Spain’s Costa Brava. That 1968 summer residency resulted in the release of the “Maddox 2” album….~

The EP’s tracks deliver the classic 60‟s Soul and Funk sound that the Rare Mod Series is famous for and also features a version of Rod Stewarts’ ‘Rock My Plimsoll’ and Sly and The Family Stones classic 'Sing A Simple Song’. 
A collectors item for those who collect the Rare Mod Series and an interesting item for Ian Dury and the Blockheads fans!….~

Four tracks taken from the Spanish release from 1969 Ossie Laine Show - Maddox 2 .

Credits 
Bass Guitar – Norman Watt-Roy 
Coordinator [Project Coordinated By] – Richard Searle (2) 
Drums – Ron Prudence 
Guitar – Garth Watt-Roy 
Mastered By – Tim Debney 
Organ – Michale Deacon* 
Sleeve, Design – Paul McEvoy Art Dept 
Tenor Saxophone – Ian Aitchison, Tex Lloyd 
Trumpet – Richard Hanson* 
Vocals – Ossie Layne 
Vocals, Flute – Colin Jennings

Tracklist 
A1 Midnight Hour
A2 Sing A Simple Song
B1 Rock My Plimsoll
B2 Can’t Be So Bad / Fresh Garbage (Medley) 

Totr “Rock n’ Roll Side” 2011 Russian Classic Hard Rock


Totr “Rock n’ Roll Side” 2011  Russian Classic Hard Rock 
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“There are not many on the Russian independent scene of collectives that have the energy, time and everything else to record and release a full-fledged album, and even fewer such bands, whose releases are really expected, are long and impatient. A little more than two years ago, TOTR, which by that time had already performed at almost all venues in the capital, produced the eponymous EP.The explosive mixture of modernized hard rock and psychedelic stoner turned out to be catastrophically small and the indie community held its breath in Waiting was a long two years. 

The debut album TOTR carries the symbolic name Rock'n'Roll Side, and, dammit, it completely justifies itself. Because it is written by people who do not go by the road, beaten by hundreds of identical template groups, but stubbornly move along their twisty, complex path, people who believe in the magic of real rock'n'roll. "Even when mankind dies out, guitar riffs will sound in their super-modern, built-in players in the brain,” says frontman Yevgeny Chertolyas. TOTR go to the principle. Rock'n'Roll Side was recorded using vintage equipment - from microphones and guitars from the 60s to the 70s to the console of information from the same era. However, the recorded material does not sound like a bearded echo from the past or an attempt to blindly copy Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. This is the new music of the new era, played dashingly, fervently and wisely. The album is heard in one breath, as something completely new for Russia, to which only now the trend of rock rivayvala. It’s a trip album that brings you to another reality, where the melodious key-shifts and nervous guitar riffs miraculously mix, swift and all-absorbing like a hurricane over a red-hot desert. “….Totr….~



Chertolyas Evgeny - vocals 
Reshetnikov Vyacheslav - guitar 
Kamaletdinov Artem - guitar 
Mishin Mikhail - bass 
Asovsky Cyril - drums


1. Rock ‘N’ Roll Side 
2. Burden 
3. Listen 
4. Intention 
5. Darkness 
6. Hurricane 
7. Stay 
8. Highway 
9. Till The Morning Light 

Megaton “Megaton” 1971 UK Hard Prog


Megaton “Megaton” 1971 UK ultra rare UK Hard Prog
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2008 release, the first official CD release of this rare album, originally released on the Deram label in 1971. a thrilling, no-hold’s-barred, Heavy Rock treatment of a clutch of riff-based but fairly commercial Pop tunes, Megaton’s sole album has plenty of admirers these days. For Megaton is the creative inspiration of vocal harmony leader Les Humphries (as in the Les Humphries Singers, big hit makers in early 70’s Germany) and his writing partner/right hand LHS man, Jimmy Bilsbury. Perhaps having the likes of future Uriah Heep vocalist John Lawton in the midst of the LHS was an inspiration, but whatever, Humphries nose for a commercial opportunity sniffed out the Free, Led Zep Hard Rock/Blues Rock market and he duly delivered. RPM……~


“Megaton” is poorly known and underrated one album wonder of famous Les Humphries (better known in continental Europe as frontman of pop outfit Les Humphries Singers Best of Les Humphries Singers]). 
“Megaton” was strictly sudio project, vintage hard’ n heavy of the 70s, “manufactured” by Les Humphries himself and Jimmy Bilsbury, while the icon of Euro-pop orchestras, James Last, patronized as producer. Apart from borrowing from Rolling Stones (“Out of Your Own Little World”) and unashamefully stealing from Led Zeppelin (“Niagara”), “Megaton” unexpectedly came with decent original tunes - heavy and menacing “Fairy Tale Song” is a true hard rock gem. Hard rock tracks are testily backed by gospel-inspired unison singing and excellent piano work. As I said, the whole album is as heavy as they used to be in the 70s (apart from popyish ballad “Life Was Easy Yesterday”). 
Les Humphries was a seasoned singer and pianist with Royal Marines Corps Band in Germany, and after been discharged in 1965, he returned to UK, and ventured into pop. His first group, “Summer Set” became mildly successful. Minor achievements of various incarnations of Les Humphries’ acts are irrelevant, except the fact that as of 1968 (back to Hamburg again) he closely co-operated with oustanding German rock-guitarist Achim Reichel ([[ASIN:B000GFKUGI Volxlieder, for example), and in 1969 started his own band - “Les Humphries Singers” (John Lawton of “Lucifer’s Friend” fame - Lucifer’s Firend- was an associate for a while). In any case, Les Humphries Singers were peddling around their pop tunes in the continent for quite a long time and even made it to 1976 Eurovision (an achievement or a disgrace?) before vanishing into obscurity. In Britain and USA “Singers” were almost completely ignored, but were popular enought behind Iron Curtain. 
“Megaton” re-issue by “Cherry Red” comes together with an excellent leaflet and is strongly recommended for those about hard rock of the 70s…by…..Golovanov Alexey….~


Originally released in 1970 killer driving UK progressive with keyboards, superb guitars, and original UK copies goes for stupid money! Underrated cool album with lengthy tracks and well-crafted songs. Groovy psychedelic DJ’s must look at this album! Remastered 180 gram vinyl shrink wrapped…….~




A thrilling, no-holds-barred, heavy rock treatment of a clutch of riff-based but fairly commercial pop tunes, Megaton'ssole album has plenty of admirers these days. Perhaps this should be a rock label staple, but the LPs origins are more pop than that with more akin to those ranks of over looked production library classics recorded for one purpose and taking on a different guise and importance to collectors years later. 

One of the rarest Decca albums gets a legit release. Megaton was a one-off hard rock exploitation album recorded by Les Humphries and JImmy Bilsbury with unknown musicians in tow. Apparently Humphries and Bilsbury have a bit of a history in the European music scene - and not in a good way. They hit on success right after this album with The Les Humphries Singers. They seemed to dabble in different genres looking for a hit. Megaton was one of those projects. Its a curious affair that is obviously influenced by Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Don’t know who the singer is but he’s pretty damn good! “Wanna Be A Hero” features a cool Iommi style riff with a neat flute solo laid on top. 

Although the tracks aren’t particularly long they do feature some killer guitar work and soulful “my woman don’t understand” vocals. This is one to consider alongside Human Beast, Head Machine, Incredible Hog - although not quite of that caliber. Great liner notes spill the beans on the whole story of Humphries/Bilsbury. File under: Guilty Pleasure…..~






Megaton 
*John Lesley Humphreys - Vocals, Guitar 
*Jimmy Bilsbury - Vocals, Keyboard 
other musicians remain unknown.



Tracklist 
A1 Out Of Your Own Little World 
A2 Niagara 
A3 Wanna Be A Hero 
A4 Fairy-Tale Song 
A5 Coo-Cooki Choo 
B1 Carry It On At The End 
B2 Woman I Gonna Make You Mine 
B3 Man In An Airoplane 
B4 Life Was Easy Yesterday 
B5 Tomorrow Never Comes My Way 

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