Mondo Drag

Mondo Drag

The Well, Crypt Trip, Alms

Sun, October 16, 2016

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$10 ADV $13 DOS

This event is 18 and over

Mondo Drag
Mondo Drag
It's no minor thing to pack up and leave your home. Heavy psych mavens Mondo Drag relocated from Iowa to Oakland, California, after recording their self-titled second album (released on RidingEasy in 2015), and the move is central to understanding the progressive turn that their third record, The Occultation of Light, represents.

"Each of our albums has directional changes in songwriting and this third chapter is no exception," says vocalist/keyboardist John Gamino. "Since moving to Oakland, we've been privy to the large amount of music that flows through a major cultural center. We've seen legendary acts like Magma, King Crimson, Goblin, and Yes. We are always trying to expand our sonic range and we definitely explore some new areas on the new album that we've not been to before."

Most of The Occultation of Light was recorded live, tracked and mixed on analog tape by Phil Manley (Trans Am, The Fucking Champs) at El Studio in San Francisco. Mondo Drag had just come off the road after a month out with labelmates Electric Citizen and Slow Season, and their stage-honed, hard-won chemistry bleeds into every second of the record. Songs are warm, psychedelic and grooving, but have a poise born out of classic prog as well. And as much as their new home is a factor, that just wouldn't be possible without the road time.

"Since moving to Oakland in Spring '13, we've been developing and playing out the material that now comprises The Occultation of Light in San Francisco and Oakland," Gamino explains.

Born out of a tumultuous history of varied lineups and geography since the release of their 2010 debut, New Rituals, Mondo Drag realize a defining moment with their third offering that builds on their past accomplishments even as it embarks boldly on new era for the band. Tour plans for 2016 are forthcoming.

Mondo Drag is John Gamino (vocals/keys), Nolan Girard (guitar/synth), Jake Sheley (guitar), Andrew O'Neil (bass) and Ventura Garcia (drums)
The Well
Austin-based power trio The Well redefine heavy rock by merging massive riffs with sophisticated melodies. Their progressive sound stems from a nostalgic desire to blend different musical styles as diversified as Joy Division to Blue Cheer. The group blossomed when guitarist/vocalist Ian Graham was fired from his previous band. Determined to redirect his musical focus, Graham hooked up with bassist Lisa Alley and the two began picking out riffs in their east-side garage. Rounding out their sound, they stole drummer Jason Sullivan from Graham's old band in a tale of vengeance and karma. His solid groove and reckless tribal beat gave the three-piece their ideal primal attack.

Due to their psychedelic doom edge, The Well reap comparisons to Black Sabbath, Sleep, Electric Wizard and Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats. As fans of cult horror films, they embrace the sinister, revel in dark themes and find inspiration in haunting echoes. The dual vocals of Graham and Alley evoke an ancient language that carries a mystic spell. Daunting rhythms and heavy guitars often accentuate their chilling chants. In the spring of 2012 The Well's first studio experience was to record their debut 7″ at the Barbeque Shack with Tia Carrera's Jason Morales. Limited to 300 copies, 'Seven' was pressed on mixed vinyl with several cover options featuring hand-drawn art that emulated a few of the band's favorite album covers. Nicknamed the "rip-off" series, the single sold out quickly becoming a favorite among European collectors.

By the fall of 2012, The Well were back in the studio again, this time at Ohm Recording Facility with Producer Mark Deutrom (Melvins, Sun O)))) and Engineer Chico Jones to record their debut album. However, an opportunity to record with Converse Rubber Tracks during SXSW 2013 resulted in the epic track "Eternal Well" and sparked the idea of an EP. 'First Trip' was pressed with a handful of songs from the Ohm sessions together with "Eternal Well" just in time for their West Coast Summer Tour. Due to the energy and excitement of their live shows, the disc sold out quickly. With each repressing, a different hand-screened cover was printed until all four limited editions sold out. One of their most rabid fans was Riding Easy Records label boss Daniel Hall who recently signed the band.

Inspired by early '70s psych and proto-metal, The Well have created a sound that reflects doom, punk and horror all rolled together in a ghostly rock soundtrack. Their full-length debut, 'Samsara', is their strongest collection of songs to date. Produced by Mark Deutrom and released through Riding Easy Records, the masterwork is a stripped down, electric blues fuzzfest and begs to be heard live. After a steady touring schedule that's seen the band share the stage with international acts such as: Kadavar, Orchid, Fu Manchu, High On Fire, NAAM, Orange Goblin, Pentagram and Dead Meadow guarantees The Well are street-tough contenders. "Writing dark, ominous music is how I deal with life," admits Ian. "When we play live it's like expelling the demons." At a time when rock music is fading among the masses, The Well inject an intoxicating dose of raw adrenaline into a fatigued genre. Their nostalgic reverence, simple structure and modern expression put them at the forefront of today's heavy rock.

©2014 TKSmith
Crypt Trip
"Sounds like the bottom has been dropped out of a dump truck full of Uncle Sid and fell on your face!"

"Sabbath worship done well with a thick slab of evil. Looking forward to a full length release."

"Heavily 70's influenced stoner/psych/doom in the same ballpark as Graveyard, Horisont, Kadavar."

"Excellent blues influenced hard rock."

"Proto-metal tribe rock rituals."
Venue Information:
Metro Gallery
1700 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD, 21201
http://themetrogallery.net/