Sasquatch lead the way with their fiery brand of rock n’ roll. Drawing on influences from 70’s metal, rock, and psychedelia, the band falls somewhere between an amalgamation of Black Sabbath, old Soundgarden, Deliverance-era Corrosion of Conformity, Mountain, and a bastardized version of Grand Funk Railroad. Their songwriting approach is clear; keep the focus on the hook.
The band was formed in Los Angeles in 2001 by Philadelphia transplant Keith Gibbs (guitar, vox) and Detroit natives Rick Ferrante (drums) and Clayton Charles (bass). Upon Clayton’s departure in 2007, the guys recruited Chicagoan Jason Casanova (ex-Tummler, Volume) to join the fold.
After shaking some walls with not one, but two, closely packed studio albums (conveniently named Sasquatch I and II) in 2004 and ’06, the power trio went subterranean until 2010 before resurfacing with a new lineup and propulsive third opus (entitled, you guessed it…III), to the relief of many impatient fans and the Small Stone Records Board of Directors.
Sasquatch’s newest album “IV” was released in September 2013. What fans will hear is arguably the power trio’s most mature, inspired and diverse song-set to date, chunked with compositional twists, both heartwarmingly familiar and totally unexpected, plus thundering power chords, sizzling solos, shrewd melodic flights and even super-trippy moments – but all of it heavy on the heavy, as they say…always. Unprecedented attention was also devoted to spinning engaging new yarns out of those evergreen rock and roll stories about love lost, hate found, relationships built and lives trashed, homes wrecked, etc. All’s fair in Love and Doom.
THE ULTRA ELECTRIC MEGA GALACTIC was founded in 2006 by legendary psychedelic guitar wizard ED MUNDELL,
Best known for 18 years, 7 albums, and the driving lead guitar master behind legendary stoner rock band MONSTER MAGNET and THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX.
Ed Mundell is one of the true rock icons of the original East Coast stoner rock scene.
When Monster Magnet went on indefinite hiatus in 2006, what was a psychedelic power-house guitar player do?
Guitar wizard Ed Mundell started THE ULTRA ELECTRIC MEGA GALACTIC…a no nonsense, psychedelic, space rock orgy built on riffs and classic 70’s guitar rock.
Not having to cater to the masses and with absolute disregard to mainstream commercial music industry dictate….THE UEMG came forth like an acid trip super nova.
A slave to no band and with total creative freedom came the bad-ass psilocybin mind-warp the UEMG.
Moving from New Jersey to the Los Angeles gave way to new horizons as Mundell joined forces with local musician bass player COLLYN MCCOY (co-founder of Trash Titan, Otep) who can only be described as one mind blowing, badass righteous power-house bassist. Collyn holds down the bass line that gives Mundell the freedom to soar.
In the dark corners of Hollywood, Ed found the three headed beast of drums, RICK FERRANTE (Sasquatch). Ferrante master of his own cosmic destiny unleashes heavy middle eastern influences with tribal cosmic space rock chaos. Always innovative and a drummer to the stoner underground elite…Ferrante keeps it solid.
In the wake of this mighty trinity of auditory hallucination……came the 2013 self-titled debut album, THE ULTRA ELECTRIC MEGA GALACTIC.
These interstellar journeymen pray at the altar of Captain Beyond, proselytize in Hawk wind’s holy name and sit at the right hand of the church of Tommy Bolin.
Buckle in for the ride, name your poison and turn up the volume on the most original psychedelic space rock album in years.
The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic….. An infrared revolution, a bloodless coup, a sonic super group forged by the Omni verse’s inexorable gravity commanding the Lion Force.
Eat or be eaten…
It’s the antidote to the world’s parade of lies, and this music is truth…give it a listen.
Arena Vienna / small hall / adv 14 € / doors 17 € / 20.00h