Psych Rock Icons MONSTER MAGNET to Release Delightfully Psychotic Covers Album A Better Dystopia

When psychedelic rock icons MONSTER MAGNET got off the plane in the USA after their Powertrip tour of Europe in February 2020, they already realized that they’d dodged a bullet. The band members were all healthy, despite having spent the last week of the month-long excursion gigging overseas, and at that point, many of those countries were in total lockdown. Part two of that tour, North America, was scheduled to begin three weeks later, but the rest is history… no live music, anywhere. So, what’s a band that’s been touring regularly for 30 years to do with this newfound downtime?
 
Frontman Dave Wyndorf tells the inspired tale below, but without further ado – Napalm Records is pleased to present the next chapter of MONSTER MAGNET’s rabbit hole deep dive, A Better Dystopia (out May 21, 2021): a delightfully (and psychotically) curated collection of 60’s and 70’s proto-metal and late-era psych obscurities covered by the heavy New Jersey legends themselves.
 
While the album marks a new frontier for MONSTER MAGNET as their first covers record, this is not your typical set of standards released to pass time. A Better Dystopia sees the band pay homage to some of their favorite songs of all time, while reflecting on the paranoia, dystopia and revolution of both now – and then.
 
Fans can experience a first taste of A Better Dystopia via the swaggering riffs and swirling vocals on album’s first single, “Mr. Destroyer” (originally by Poo-Bah), today via a new video.

Dave Wyndorf says about the birth of A Better Dystopia:
“We all agreed that we would be bored out of our minds within a month of lockdown. MONSTER MAGNET loves the road. It’s a lifestyle. So, I considered our options. Rather than panhandle on the internet, hawking masks and Zoom-rocking practice sessions for dollars, I suggested we record a “bunker record”. A total DIY affair (band only) recorded and mixed in Bob Pantella’s small but potent Freak Shop Studios/rehearsal space right here in New Jersey. But what to record? 
 
I didn’t feel much like writing, but working on anything was better than watching the news as hospitals filled up, people died, and American politics went bat-shit crazy. The world roared “Dystopia! Apocalypse! Revolution!”. I’d heard those words before, and they brought to mind my childhood in the late 60’s/early 70’s… and the music… and short playlist of songs (just one of many) that I’d been carrying around with me on my whatever device to listen to before shows. Of course, these tunes have also been in my head for more or less my whole life. These were not the popular hits of the time. This was like a playlist from the 4th dimension… strange bits of musical obscurity, mostly dredged up from that inglorious and freaky “twilight zone” time that preceded Arena Rock, Heavy Metal, Reggae and Disco. A no-man’s land of hard rock that still had remnants of psychedelia and garage punk but had abandoned any notion of “flower power” or frat house fun. And of course, they rocked.
 
Yeah, these songs were it.”
 
Wyndorf is at the top of his game on A Better Dystopia, delivering each lyric in his own inimitable style, and musicians Phil Caivano, Bob Pantella, Garrett Sweeney and Alec Morton own the sound – vintage and old school, dense and heavy, with searing fuzz leads and pounding bass and drums all played in a deft style that’s almost been lost in modern music. The album opens with “The Diamond Mine”, as Dave Wyndorf recites a classic monologue by Dave Diamond, an American radio DJ whose programs in the late 60’s and early 70’s helped popularize many psychedelic and acid rock bands. At this point the real trip begins, as the opening chords of the Hawkwind classic “Born To Go” gear up for launch. Tracks like standout “Mr. Destroyer” (Poo-Bah) spur visions of some untold Freak revolution – or perhaps dinosaurs battling on a burning planet at the end of time – creating a perfect blend of hard rock and psychedelia. Feverish “Motorcycle (Straight To Hell)”(Table Scraps) is pure punk fury of the old school tradition, evoking a cross between Iggy Pop and Motörhead as Wyndorf wails “I’m gonna drive it straight to HELL!” Falling even further down the mind-bending rabbit hole, Magnet offers their stunning, whirlwind take on the often-overlooked hard rock classic “Learning To Die” (Dust) and a masterful version the Stooges meets Goth epic, “Solid Gold Hell” (The Scientists). The album closes with a bonus nuclear cover of Morgen’s “Welcome To The Void”, inviting you to restart the ride again and again.
 
Wyndorf concludes:
“The great bands whose music we lovingly interpret here were (and some still are) on the fringe, underrated, and in our opinion, really, really cool. I think that’s reason enough for us to do this album. Furthermore, A Better Dystopia is a collection of songs that I think reflect (knowingly or unknowingly) a paranoid time in history, but also deflect that same paranoia by owning it, fully. And of course, it ROCKS.”

Check out the album details including the Cover Art, Tracklisting and Pre-order options below.

1. The Diamond Mine
2. Born to Go 
3. Epitaph for a Head 
4. Solid Gold Hell       
5. Be Forewarned      
6. Mr. Destroyer        
7. When the Wolf Sits
8. Death         
9. Situation    
10. It’s Trash  
11. Motorcycle (Straight to Hell)       
12. Learning to Die    
13. Welcome to the Void – Bonus Track

Pre-order ‘A Better Dystopia’ via the following link.

Knoxville’s Rough Dreams Releases Covers EP “From The Graves of Better Days”

Knoxville, TN’s Rough Dreams have just released their new covers EP “From the Graves of Better Days” via 59 X Records. The first single, the band’s reimagined take on the Thrice hit, “The Artist in the Ambulance”, was followed by the group’s take on Grade’s “Termites Hollow”. Below a track-by-track breakdown from the band on the new EP by Vocalist/Guitarist, Chris Suggs:

“The past is dead. You can never go back and live there, but sometimes it is nice to visit and leave flowers. That is exactly what we wanted to do with From the Graves of Better Days. This EP is our tribute to an era that passed two decades ago but left such an impact it still feels like yesterday. The five tracks we chose each occupied a different place in the early 2000’s landscape, but all contributed one way or another to our sound.”

Track By Track

“The Artist in the Ambulance” (Thrice)

“We chose “The Artist in the Ambulance” as the leadoff single for the EP because it is such an immediately passionate, hard- hitting, yet catchy song. Capturing the energy and intricacy of the original was a challenge we pushed ourselves to the limit for. We knew that we had to step up our game to do justice to the fluttering, spastic guitar work and soaring vocals and couldn’t be happier with the end result. We filmed a video for it in a multi-level, abandoned school in the middle of nowhere in Pennsylvania and it was an incredible experience as well. The director, Kurt Fowles, captured the lonesome, forgotten beauty of the once-majestic school in every shot, and it fit the style and theme of the song perfectly.”

“Termites Hollow” (Grade)

“Termites Hollow is probably the least known track on here, but an absolute powerhouse of a song by a very underrated band, Grade. It gave us a chance to utilize all three vocalists in the band, and push ourselves to extremes to capture the tortured, guttural yells of the original. This one translated to our sound very naturally, although it was definitely a step outside of our comfort zone. The end result is a track that even the original band got behind and shared very encouraging words with us over. That support was a major motivation to us that reinforced that what we are doing here was purposeful and worthwhile.”

“Nights Like These” (Lucero)

“At first glance, this song seems like the wild card pick for the EP, but at its core, Nights Like These is lyrically and emotionally incredibly similar to the other songs we wanted to honor. Being a band from Tennessee, Lucero has been a massive influence on all of us, and we’ve each spent many nights drinking whiskey and listening to their records on repeat with tears in our eyes. Our song “Her Name was the Road” from our first EP is a major nod to Lucero, as well as being one of our most requested songs, so including them on here was an easy choice. While we kept the core of this song the same, we used our own instrumentation and approach, and the result is even more heavy and deep than we expected.”

“At Your Funeral” (Saves The Day)

“This song has been a staple of our live set since our very first show. Even after playing this song for so long, it has lost none of its spark or emotion to us and is one of those songs that we know will always get a good response. The combination of the upbeat music with such mournful, distressed lyrics is a formula that is close to our hearts, and the influence can be heard on many of our originals.”

The EP can be streamed on your preferred provider via the following link.

The Xcerts Detail Covers EP, ‘So No One Told You Life Was Gonna Be This Way’

Scottish Pop-Rockers The Xcerts have announced a Covers EP, titled as ‘So No One Told You Life Was Gonna Be This Way’.

It’s set to be released on January 15th 2021 via Raygun Records, and will feature covers of tracks originally by Avril Lavigne, The Ramones, Starship and The Cure.

Check out the Cover Artwork, Tracklisting and the first cover of Starship’s ‘We Built This City’ as well as Pre-order options below.

01.) We Built This City
02.) I Wanna Be Sedated
03.) Complicated (feat. Heights)
04.) Inbetween Days

Pre-orders for the EP can be made via the band’s official Webstore, Amazon and Itunes.

Creeper Release New Acoustic Covers Series

Creeper have announced the details of their ‘Sounds From The Void’ series. This is a new set of acoustic covers that they will record from quarantine.

The first track is ‘Spiders In Her Hair’ by King Dude and is covered by Will Gould and Ian Miles.

On the choice of the track, Will has said:

“We have been big fans of King Dude for a while. My girlfriend and I would listen to ‘Love’ an awful lot when we first got together and this kinda became our song. Knowing we’d have limited resources in lockdown meant that recording some acoustic songs made sense. This was the first song that I knew I’d love us to do.”

Check out ‘Spiders In Her Hair’ below.

 

Patent Pending Announce Covers Album, ‘Other People’s Greatest Hits’.

New York Pop-Punk outfit have announced a brand new album full of covers. Now they’ve announced a few details for this.

The album is titled, ‘Other People’s Greatest Hits’, and is set to be released May 26th via Rude Records.

If everyone’s wondering what these covers are going to be, here’s the tracklisting.

1. Wasted / Wake Me Up (Tiësto / Avicii cover)
2. Spice Up Your Life (Spice Girls cover)
3 Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons cover)
4 Never Gonna Give You Up (Rick Astley cover)
5. Shout Out To My Ex (Little Mix cover)
6. Livin’ La Vida Loca (Ricky Martin cover)
7. All Time Low (Jon Bellion cover)
8. Mr. Brightside (The Killers cover)
9. Shape Of You (Ed Sheeran cover)
10. See You Again (Miley Cyrus cover)

And this is what the album art looks like.

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You can pre-order from Merchnow and Amazon via the links.