Bell bottoms and Pencil Mustaches, Oh My! The ‘70s are alive and well at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago. Monster Magnet was joined by Dead Feathers, Dark Sky Choir, and Electric Citizen for an evening of stoner rock. Bottom Lounge has a great venue room with a cool retro bar feeling; there is not a bad spot to hear the music or see the bands. The ethereal vibes of Dead Feathers opened with deep guitar grooves accompanying the sensual vocals of lead singer, Marissa Allen. Her voice just caresses your ears and chills out any negativity you may have had before the show. Meshing well together, this local band gives us a relaxed, folksy opening to the evening.
My favorite of the evening was Dark Sky Choir. I swear there must be something in the water in New Jersey with all the killer hard rock and metal bands this area churns out. Influenced by classic metal music, Dark Sky reminds me of early Black Sabbath. Starting out as a tribute band, these four talented musicians soon realized it was inevitable that they did their own thing. I loved these guys! For those who say there isn’t any good recent metal, well here it is! The lead singer, Brian Allen, sounds like a young Dio, having a vocal range that gives us those long, drawn out notes that keep up with the retro metal guitar riffs. And they are nice guys, truly passionate about the music. Metal heads, there is hope!
We pray to the “Space Lord” that you’ve seen this video…
By now the crowd was in full swing, getting hyped for headliner, Monster Magnet. One more before them, Electric Citizen sets us up with their unusual sound comprised of hard rock, electronica and psychedelic rock. Refusing to be placed in a box, this band is a breath of fresh air on the music scene. What group cannot be fun with a drummer that reminds you of Animal from the Muppets. Just watch him beat the crap out of his set and you will see what I mean!
Monster Magnet is one of those bands that you need to see live to truly appreciate their range of talent. Going against conventional record label images, this band is truly a vanguard of their own style. Taking no shit, they still deliver strong kick ass metal tinged with groovy guitar riffs and the unmistakable vocals of David Wyndorf. In my opinion, Wyndorf’s voice is perfectly suited for hard rock and metal. It keeps up with the music, not getting drowned out by the drums and bass like others do. Monster Magnet does not disappoint, playing all their classics and new songs from Mindfucker. All that was missing from the evening were lava lamps and bead curtains!
Monster Magnet’s Setlist:
01. Dopes to Infinity
02. Rocket Freak
05. Radiation Day
06. Look to Your Orb for the Warning
07. Dinosaur Vacume
08. When the Hammer Comes Down
09. Negasonic Teenage Warhead
10. Space Lord
12. Spine of God
10/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
10/13 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival*
10/15 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
10/16 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
10/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
10/19 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
10/20 – Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall
10/21 – Houston, TX @ White Oak (Upstairs)
10/23 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/24 – Nashville, TN @ Basement East
10/26 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
10/27 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
10/28 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair