Featuring members of Blues Pills, the Oakland psych rock outfit Mondo Drag channels the Rolling Stones' bluesy swagger with their self-titled LP.
With psych and krautrock influences aplenty, Mondo Drag's self-titled full-length, their first for the Los Angeles label RidingEasy Records, is one hazy good time. The band's psychedelic bonafides, more than apparent in the music of Mondo Drag, has already been established through the music of the retro rock/metal outfit Blues Pills, which features many of the same band members. Swirling, mind-numbing textures meld with the swagger of classic rock -- the Rolling Stones in particular -- in this potent sonic brew.
The band tells PopMatters, "With heavier organ, more synthesizers, and a new vocalist, this album is a significant, yet logical step in the sonic evolution of Mondo Drag.”
Mondo Drag is out through RidingEasy on 12 May.
Upcoming Mondo Drag tour dates (with Electric Citizen and Slow Season, save for the 21 May date):
05/21 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Mammatus
07/10 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Side Room
07/11 Detroit, MI @ Loving Touch
07/12 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
07/13 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
07/14 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
07/15 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
07/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts Black Box
07/18 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
07/19 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
07/20 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
07/22 Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
07/23 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Purgatory
07/24 Orlando, FL @ Back Booth
07/26 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
07/28 Houston, TX @ Rudyards
07/29 Austin, TX @ Red 7
07/30 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada