Upon the dissolution of Kyuss and Slo Burn, the voice of the Californian sands John Garcia (vocals) hooked up with Dave Dinsmore (bass), Arthur Seay (guitar) and Miguel Cancino (drums) to add their biker punk-metal rhythms to his unmistakable, paint-stripping bluesy grooves behind the mic. Despite huge early promise, a glorious debut album in 1999’s ‘Coping with the Urban Coyote’, a storming split with Swedes Dozer and a follow-up record due with American Recordings in 2001, Unida stalled and sank back behind the cacti’ shadows. The long-awaited second album, reportedly entitled ‘The Great Divide’, was never released; Dinsmore left the band to be replaced initially by Scott Reeder and then later Eddie Plascencia whilst Garcia concentrated more exclusively on his new band Hermano and some solo work. Unida was certainly left in-need-a’ something… until now!
Witchrider is a rock group formed in Graz/AUT in 2012 by Michael Hirschmugl (also known for being the Bassist of Supercruel and a part of the electro duo Trauma), H.P. Leitner (Former member of the Band Phi) and Daniel Dorninger (of Supercruel and the second member of Trauma). The band was originally called Desert Mountain (after “Desert Sessions” in California). However, they decided that “Witchrider” was a better fit to their musical style. The idea for the bandname was taken from sleep paralysis aka. riding the witch.
Their first release “Black” was recorded just a few weeks after their formation in september and was released on the Witchrider EP together with 4 other songs.
Arena Vienna / small hall / adv 18 € / doors 22 € / 20.00h