When you receive a Facebook invitation to see four bands playing for free in a garage/patio of a LA wholesale distributor, you would be crazy to decline! Cobraside Distribution Inc., which sells to record stores all around the world, had an open house public sale on Saturday afternoon, and Child, Flying Hair, You Know Who and Mondo Generator gave a very intimate performance during the sale, in front of a few lucky ones.
I didn’t know this place at all, although I live at less than 3 miles from it, but if they repeat this often, I may come back. I didn’t know the bands playing although I soon realized that Mondo Generator was Nick Oliveri’s own project, you know, this Oliveri guy who was in this famous metal rock band, Queens of the Stone Age According to Iman, I am obsessed with them but who cares, the whole afternoon sounded like a trip in the desert, heavy on that very special brand of blending-into-psychedelia stoner rock
CHILD must be a very young band, since I didn’t find much about them or even a Facebook page, but you have to realize that this is a very ungoogle-able moniker! The three-piece band played a heavy set of psych-metal, and their music was roaring in loud distortion with some rare and shouted vocals buried in the psychedelic-rock guitar solos, With the right balance between of doomness and dynamism, there were echoes of Black Sabbath, a dark thunderous bass, and some mad 70’s-style stoned hard rock.
If Flying Hair were also very psychedelic, their intense rock-metal was injected by electronics with the help of a large synth and while it was sometimes transforming into a punk aggression. Between desert rock and blast of punk destruction, they were confusing the genres like Californian kids that have digested the 70s and the 80s, and have been on a heavy diet of Black Sabbath and horror movies at the same time. And Flying Hair has to be some homage to the head banging that their heavy trippy metal grooves could generate, with a synth pushing more psychedelic bits between bass and guitar.
You Know Who was definitively a desert band with a more punk hardcore sound than the two previous ones. Mike Pygmie was on vocals and guitar (he also played later with Nick Oliveri) and, at the first riffs, he demonstrated what a guitar virtuoso he was. With a punk aggression, with complicated, meandrous very fast songs, the power trio proved to be very technical (mathcore or even jazz-influenced?) although their metal sound had an hardcore mind mixed with punk assaults, something which got even more true when Nick Oliveri joined them for a song. They are a new band with a debut album distributed by Cobraside but all of them have played with some of the best desert bands (John Garcia Band, The Dwarves, Excel, Nick Oliveri’s Uncontrollable, and former Brant Bjork & the Bros), They played ridiculously fast, with lots of notes crashing into themselves in the same minute, a destructive sound well served by a technical prowess.
Finally, Nick Oliveri and his band built monster riffs echoing the desert and Kyuss… they actually covered a few songs by the stoner rock band. ‘Love Has Passed Me By’ and ‘Green Machine’ beside the Mondo Generator’ tracks. The songs carry aggression mixed with a doomed-stoner ambiance, some long slow-burner atmosphere only awaken by Oliveri’s raucous horror-punk screaming voice…Last time I saw him, it was during this marathon show of QOTSA at the Forum in 2014, Oliveri was opening with his solo project Uncontrollable with already the help of Mike Pygmie, and then he had a reunion with Homme and his band for the grand finale despite his past bad behavior. His personal metal punk is not as catchy as anything he has worked on with Homme, it’s also more abrasive and there’s terrible anger and rage riding an occasional melody although the ride stays ferocious, wild and truly uncontrollable… and I am not even talking about the lyrics. They closed their set with a QOTSA’s cover, ‘Millionaire’ and let’s not kid ourselves, we all wanted to hear one of these.
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – June 1975 (Volume 7, Number 1)
Smith’s final freelance contribution to Creem.
putting Nigeria on the map
back at # 1 for a third non consecutive week
not a dreamer but a steely eyed businessman and pop musician
Willie Nelson will play at the Palomino fest on Saturday
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1975 (Volume 6, Number 12
Elton John came across as completely engaging
by episode nine, season four, the bastards finally got me sick of Kate!
some hooky and wildly inspired tune
Harry has the summer of his career!