Having risen from smokey basements to packed arenas, children of the now-legendary Greek underground heavy rock scene of the mid 00’s, 1000mods can be considered no less than the most successful Greek rock band of the past decade. Blending all their influences from retro-rock and doom rock, to fuzzy heavy rock and space rock, even grunge and 90s underground, they have created a personal recipe of explosive heavy music that’s impossible to imitate. 1000mods offer inspired, powerful and uniquely fresh heavy tunes, satisfying everyone from stoners to metalheads for over a decade now.
Brant Bjork delivers lush Stoner Rock with balls of steel, winged by vivid solo guitars and his creaking whiskey tinged voice. Once behind the drums for legendary Desert Rock bands Kyuss and Fu Manchu, Brant has since turned himself into a far-out reincarnation of Jimi Hendrix, on a nearly constant world tour to deliver fuzzy awesomeness to the masses. His live show amounts to controlled madness hitting just the right spot between trippy and doomy, smooth and sludgy. The recent live album 'Mankind Woman is a surprisingly funky slice of soulful rock, but nothing beats the pure thrill of seeing the man perform in the flesh.
Church of Misery hold the distinction of being one of the first doom metal bands to emerge from Japan. Founded by bass player Tatsu Mikami back in 1995, it reflected his musical inspirations – traditional doom metal like Saint Vitus and Black Sabbath, and the early seventies doom rock in the mould of Leaf Hound and Gun. Numerous line-up changes couldn't prevent the band from establishing a solid reputation in the Western doom scene, and in fact it has kept their sound evolving and sounding fresh over more than 20 years. Now with Mikami as the only remaining original member, the Church has in fact never sounded more alive.
The Crackups are a band of extremes. Insanely fast, but tight as a duck's ass. Extremely loud but with a keen sense of melody. Featuring members from Double Veterans, Priceduifkes, Psycho 44, they gained notoriety through fiercely intense live shows and a defiant punk attitude. After reaching the finals of Belgium's biggest talent hunt Humo's Rock Rally and releasing a bottle rocket of a debut album with 'Animals on Acid', they suddenly disappeared from the scene in 2012. Nowthey are throwing themselves headfirst into a comeback, the likes of which this land has never seen... expect sounds inspired by The Stooges, Black Flag and Devo, mashed into something fiercely unique and original.
Formed in 1988, EHG turned upside down the 90’s underground pioneering a unique sound copied by thousands in their wake, blending muddy riffs and sturdy rhythmic work with Mike Williams’ deranged poetry and an intimidating barricade of noise and feedback. Since then, they've survived line-up shuffles, label hassles, a short-lived split and the loss of original drummer Joey Lacaze in 2013. And after almost three decades of creating some of the most corrosive, vile music known to man, EyeHateGod still hasn't lost the piss and vinegar that fueled them back in '88. Now, with Mike fresh out of surgery, the band shows no sign of slowing down, touring intensively and preparing a new album.
When your debut album immediately invokes namedropping like Kyuss, Red Fang and Soundgarden, you know you're onto something good. Fire Down Below hails from Ghent, but their ambition has brought them far beyond the country bourders, signing with California's Ripple Music, supporting heavyweights like Stoned Jesus and playing shows from Germany to the UK. You like fuzzy and trippy stoner? Meet your future new favorite band.
These guys don't make any excuse for themselves - heavy riffs and psychedelic vibes are the front and center on the agenda. Another strong proponent of the Belgian psychedelic guitar underground, Grotto deals in slightly proggy instrumental spacerock hymns that completely suck you into the vortex. Elder's Nick Disalvo is a fan, and signed them to the Stickman Records imprint. For more proof, look no further than their recent passage at Desertfest Antwerp '19.
HEILUNG is German for "healing", and that is a most striking description of the band's sound. A HEILUNG performance takes you on a magical musical journey that can be turbulent at times, but will leave you in a relaxed and peaceful state afterwards. HEILUNG reach far back in time to the Northern European iron age and Viking period, blending a wide range of instruments and materials into their unique sound experience: running water via human bones, reconstructed swords and shields, ancient frame drums, bronze rings... The lyrics are derived from original texts on ancient artefacts, and a striking visual show completes this soul stirring spectacle.
Revered saxophonist Idris Ackamoor is the founder and leader of the Pyramids, an Afrocentric world music and spiritual jazz group whose music emerges from a fertile creative zone that was mined by Sun Ra, Art Ensemble of Chicago and the likes. Their trio of mindbending afro-jazz albums from the 1970s proved highly influential to several generations of artists, but the group disbanded in 1977. Ackamoor threw himself in his work as a cultural ambassador, but after nearly 40 years he reconvened the band in 2016, releasing two much-acclaimed albums on Strut Records and starting a second run as a celebrated touring outfit.
The gigantic tone of Kid Congo Powers' open-tuned guitar is one of the more readily identifiable sounds in the history of underground rock. Best known for his contribution to legendary bands like The Gun Club, The Cramps, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in their prime, Kid has spent the last years as a sideman and, most recently, the leader of Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds. Kid's always had a knack for being with the right people at the right place at the right time, but over the years he has gradually emerged as a world-class songwriter and a distinctive vocalist in his own right.
Kikagaku Moyo (Japanese for "geometric patterns") are a Tokyo-based psychedelic rock band whose sound incorporates elements of Krautrock, Indian ragas, and acid folk. They released a series of records on Guruguru Brain, a label founded by two members of the band to promote Eastern psychedelic music in the West. With heavy, crushing jams balanced by more contemplative moments, Kikagaku Moyo recalls Japanese psych groups like Acid Mothers Temple and Ghost, as well as their predecessors such as Far East Family Band and the Flower Travellin' Band. Live the band is no less than phenomenal, taking you on a trip to their very own personal universe.
San Francisco's Moon Duo was formed in 2009 by Sanae Yamada and Erik Johnson (Wooden Shjips). Inspired initially by the legendary duo of John Coltrane and Rashied Ali, Moon Duo counts such variant groups as Silver Apples, Royal Trux, Moolah, Suicide, and Cluster as touchstones. Throughout the years have consistently expanded on their core sound of motoric beats, synth bass and Ripley's space guitar. This culminated in 2017's double concept album 'Occult Architecture', based on the Chinese theory of Yin and Yang, light vs. dark. As disorienting as the music can be, the eye-scorching visual live show takes it to a whole new outer dimension.
It's hard to keep up with John Dwyer. The prolific Westcoast musician is known for dropping albums a mile a minute, occasionally changing the setup of his band to keep the spirit going. For their 19th full-length album, the band formerly known as Thee Oh Sees (and The Oh Sees and OCS and Orinoka Crash Suite and Orange County Sound) are now just the "Oh Sees". That being said, the twin drummer setup just keeps on doing what it does best: providing an explosive backdrop for whatever out-there sound Dwyer comes up with - be it garage, psychrock, manic folk or spaced-out drones. The result is one of the most exciting live bands you can witness nowadays.
In a world gone mad, there are few certainties to cling to. But one thing remains forever unwavering and true: Orange fucking Goblin! Diehard exponents of the noble art of heavy metal since 1995, the London-based quartet have spent the last two decades steadily but surely establishing themselves as one of the UK’s most loved and respected bands. Starting out as one of the most important UK doom bands of the '90s, Goblin has been adding more and more influences to their unique sound, resulting in some of their best work being done over the last few years. 2018's 'The Wolf Bites Back' once again proved there's still a lot of creative fury in the Goblin's spirit.
After an insane roadtrip, The Glücks got together as a couple and as a band. Alek and Tina bonded over a love for all things dirty and fuzzy: The Cramps, Stooges, Pebbles/Nuggets garage and punk. Add to that an urge to get away from the “shithole” they grew up in, and you’ve got the recipe for some good infernal rock’n’roll. Even with the mother of all hangovers, the band nailed a full album of eight songs in 2 days. The second album topped that with 11 songs recorded in the same amount of time. 'Run Amok' from 2018 is their most accomplished outing to date, a vibrant heartfelt piece of work filled to the brim with songs for the underdogs, the generation denied... the generation undefined.
Practically born in the surf of Laguna Beach, and transplanted to the garage-punk nexus of the Bay Area, one-man dynamo Ty Segall has been at the forefront of the region's thriving garage scene for more than a decade. Throughout his prolific career, he has constantly shifted projects and moods, ranging from eclectic pop to fuzzed-out noise to acoustic folk. On his latest couple of albums, he seems to have boiled down all these influences into a style that is unmistakably his own, while effortlessly moving across the musical spectrum. With The Freedom Band, he has assembled a bunch of skilled musicians to put on the best damn rock show you can imagine.