|Produced by Pat Stolley and Mondo Drag|
|Released on January 26, 2010|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
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K ronomyth 1.0: INTERSTELLAR IOWADRIVE. The murky, menacing psychedelic rock of Hawkwind, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd seemed lost to the past, but Mondo Drag digs it all up again for their impressive debut record, New Rituals. The band has a terrific lead guitarist, Jake Sheley, and a pair of vocalists who need more seasoning (Nolan Girard sounds like Perry Farrell but lacks his magnetic presence). With a dedicated lead vocalist to challenge Sheley, Mondo Drag could make the leap onto the bigger national stage. Every time I queue up this disc, the fact that none of these kids were even around when Sabbath released “Sweetleaf” goes flying out the window. There’s an authenticity on tracks like “New Rituals,” “Fade Out” and “Serpent Snake” that lets me enjoy New Rituals on an original level as though I’ve traveled back in time. In an odd way, it’s nice to hear the younger generation making decent drug music again; kids on drugs listening to Phish and Dave Matthews Band hardly boded well for the revolution. It’ll be interesting to see if Mondo Drag stays in the acid idiom or expands into more of a Black Crowes psychedelic southern rock thing. The band is currently on tour, and hopefully they'll build up more of a stageshow, since psychedelic rock is visual as much as aural. For now, they’ve got one disc under their belts that’s garnered a lot of positive press and for good reason. It’s not easy to breathe life into something as outmoded as acid rock, and Mondo Drag might just be one of the bright new faces of a classic rock revival.
|0104-2 back sleeve|
JOHNNIE CLUNEY -- drums, vocals, cover concept, art/layout
JOHN GAMINO -- keyboards, saxophone
NOLAN GIRARD -- rhythm guitar, vocals, art/layout
DENNIS HOCKADAY -- bass
JAKE SHELEY -- lead guitar
Skye Merkle-Carrasco -- violin
Bambi Suits -- vocals
Mondo Drag - engineer, mixing
Pat Stolley -- engineer, mixing
Carl Lundstrum -- front and back photos
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US||January 26, 2010||Alive Naturalsound||LP||0104-1||ltd. ed. (500) purple vinyl|
|US||January 26, 2010||Alive Naturalsound||CD||0104-2|
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