Brick by Brick presents
Monster Magnet with special guests
Electric Citizen, Dark Sky Choir, Desert Suns
1130 Buenos Ave
San Diego, CA, 92110
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Dateline Red Bank. Also the fourth dimension. I'm out here on Planet Monster Magnet.
The first thing you're gonna want to know is why such a dumb title? Number one, I can't go my whole life without calling one record Mindfucker. I'd be shirking my responsibility as a rocker! Plus, the way things are going these days stupid is the new smart. Yeah, things are that fucked up. The people who understand my not so subtle reasoning here will get it. How many people will that be? I don't know.
Mindfucker sure is a fun word to say. It rolls off the tongue quite nicely and it's totally apropos of the time. Anyone who doesn't see it is just missing history. You're right in history now. Look between the raindrops and see how things are perceived and how we perceive ourselves.
As the influence of 20th century advertising comes to its ultimate fruition in the 21st, we've all learned how to sell ourselves. Or at least our self-perceptions. We've got our social media pages. We can fabricate our own profiles. Here's my tv show! Here's my picture! Look! Pleeease!
We're selling our own Kool-Aid and drinking a lot of it, too. And it all comes with this nagging suspicion that we're going to disappear if we go offline or crash and burn if we don't get it right. Basically suffering the same life-shortening insecurities as minor league celebrities but without the paycheck. Somebody say identity crisis? It's a bit of a, well… mindfuck.
The second thing you gotta understand is that this a rock album. I had this idea in my head that this would be kind of a "good time" record. Like one of those old UFO or KISS records, you know? But with a real Detroit edge to it. – a 10-song, rock-for-rock's-sake album. Why not? I'd never done that before.
When writing an album of songs, I always leave the lyrics till last. Well, my timing couldn't have been worse. I wrote all this music, arranged it, put it together, and said, "Alright, we've got all this stuff recorded and I'll dive in and write the lyrics beginning Jan 9, 2017." Well that week was Trump's inauguration. And like anybody else in the world, I watched the information age just completely collapse on itself. Madhouse! Nobody's at the wheel!
And here I am in my kitchen trying to write my "good time" record! My rock-for-rock's-sake album. Blehhh!
So I'm like, "Fuck me. This is what I get?" It's not just politics. It's everything. I tried to stick with the "good time" angle as much as I could, but like they say, "once you see it, you can't un-see it." I wrote the songs quickly and of course reality crept in. How could it not? When I began singing them in the studio I saw the word "lie" comes up like 10 different times – "brain" comes up a lot. Ha ha! "My brain hurts!!!" The question "why" is repeated more than a few times, like some existential howling in the woods. And I'm like, this thing has totally fucked my mind, you know?
This is the way you talk when you're 14 years old. "This is a real fuckin' mindfucker, man. You're getting mindfucked." But we really are getting mindfucked! We're in it! I feel like I'm 14 years old! It's like Bud Light nation. Fuck intellectualism. Fuck all that. Fuck it. It doesn’t even pay to think. Facts are for suckers. Just do what you want to do and fuck you. My need gives me my right to lie.
They’re gonna look back at this time in history and go like, "Wow. I can't believe you guys survived this."
The end result lyrically here is the product of a guy trying like hell to be upbeat but bending towards cynical humor, all-out rage and a touch of despair. Cynical humor is nothing new for me but rage and despair? Not my usual style. But hey, these ain't usual times.
The third (and perhaps most important to me) thing about this album is that it's totally driven by the band. I wrote this music for these guys to play. This is the best band I've ever worked with. I hear it in the studio. I feel it when we're playing live. These guys are great. And there's no hassles. And they're funny, and we have a good time on the road. Simply put, they ROCK. They're like family to me.
Playing live is so important because it's the only time you really get to look people in the eye and go, "Alright, this is what we got." The human connection is more important now than ever. The layers of internet communication we have confuse me sometimes. It's like looking at somebody on tracing paper. Not a real picture. We make primal rock music.
And primal rock music has to have a live audience. I don't care if it's two people, 200, 2,000 or whatever. I need to smell somebody. This album was written with that in mind.
Monster Magnet’s been misunderstood from the day it came out, but that's OK. Music is weird and cool. And being in a band is weird and cool. I've been in a band for a long time. I never wanted to be the band that totally sold out. Never wanted to ring the bell of every single shmuck on the planet. I never wanted to be the band that jumped the shark so fucking bad that I was stuck in a position like, "Yes, I'm the shark jumper" and walk around high-fiving myself in spite of it. And the only way to do that is be true to myself. And if that means being misunderstood sometimes, then so be it.
In the end and regardless of my banter, what I hope people will understand about this album, whether they really get the sensibility of the lyrics or not, is that MINDFUCKER is still that rock-for-rock's-sake record I've been talking about. And there's nothing wrong with that.
--- Dave Wyndorf, 2018
Based in Cincinnati and signed to California based heavyweight, RidingEasy Records, Electric Citizen has spent the last several years touring the world headlining and opening for acts like King Diamond, Pentagram, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Fu Manchu, Budos Band, Charles Bradley, Joan Jett, Wolfmother and playing renowned festivals like Psycho Las Vegas, Psycho California and Desert Fest Belgium.
After bursting to the American heavy rock forefront with their 2014 debut album, Sateen, Electric Citizen released their second album, Higher Time in 2016; a breakout moment for the band as a whole and for vocalist Laura Dolan. Like its predecessor, Higher Time was recorded at The Diamonds studio in Cincinnati by Brian Olive (The Greenhornes, Dan Auerbach, Dr. John, etc.), and in search of an even more expansive feel, Laura, Ross and Brian traveled to mix alongside Black Keys engineer Collin Dupuis at Easy Eye in Nashville, TN.
Electric Citizen branch out with stage-born assurance across a collection of definitive rock ‘n’ roll. It is a bold, complete sound that sacrifices nothing of the band’s on-stage energy and clearly demonstrates that while their progression has been quick, it’s been hard won the traditional way: They worked their collective ass off. Electric Citizen brazenly refuse to be pigeonholed and craft a style that, like every stage they step onto, is completely their own. Look for them on the road in North America and Europe throughout 2018 and beyond.
Dark Sky Choir
Dark Sky Choir is an original hard rock/metal band from NJ. Formed in 2016, the band originally consisted of four veterans of the local music scene, playing the classic metal music they all grew up listening to. As their local popularity increased as a tribute band, it was inevitable that they soon began writing their own music.
Founding members Fred Gorhau and Mike Sakowski are the only two remaining original members in the current lineup. Gorhau has spent the last 7 years touring the USA and Canada as a lead guitarist for the holiday-themed progressive band The Wizards of Winter, playing alongside some of the original vocalists from Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Sakowski has been a drum teacher and career drummer for the past few decades, performing in the local scene with countless cover bands. Both have also toured the US and Europe with the metal band Exxplorer.
In late 2017, original vocalist, Hollywood How, and bassist Joe Stabile were replaced with Brian Allen and John Moyer, respectively. Allen has been the voice of various bands throughout the years, most notably as the front man for Vicious Rumors for almost a decade. Moyer is best known as the Grammy nominated bassist for the world-renowned metal group Disturbed, with whom he has recorded and toured since 2004.
Inspired by a lifetime love of metal, Dark Sky Choir brings years of live and recording experience to the stage with their own brand of hard rock and metal. Their debut album was released in 2017 and was soon followed up in March of 2018 with a brand-new, self-titled EP featuring the new lineup, as they embark on their first national tour, opening for Fozzy.
Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Brian Allen is currently the front man for the Bay Area thrash-metal band Vicious Rumors. He has long been a staple of the metal scene, singing with such bands as Last Empire (who signed with the Underground Symphony Label in 1999), and Two-Headed Beast, since 2015. He joined Dark Sky Choir in the fall of 2017 to record their self-titled EP.
Fred Gorhau is a veteran guitarist of the local NY/NJ music scene. Fred spent 20-plus years performing live throughout the US & Europe with the metal band Exxplorer. Since 2011, he has also toured the US & Canada as lead guitarist of the holiday-themed Wizards of Winter, and is a founding member of Dark Sky Choir.
John Moyer is best known as the Grammy-nominated bassist and back-up vocalist for the heavy metal band Disturbed. Taking over in 2004 after Steve "Fuzz" Kmak was fired, Moyer has played bass-guitar with the group since their third studio album, Ten Thousand Fists. Moyer was also the bassist for the Texas-based Union Underground, before joining Adrenaline Mob from 2012 through 2014. After his departure from A-Mob, he was a founding member of the metal supergroup The Foundry, alongside former Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley, guitarist Rick Plester, and legendary Twisted Sister drummer, the late AJ Pero. In 2015 he joined Operation: Mindcrime, featuring former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate. Following stints with Art of Anarchy (with Scott Stapp), and Stereo Satellite, Moyer joined Dark Sky Choir in the fall of 2017, and can be heard on their brand-new self-titled EP.
Drummer Mike Sakowski has been a member of the local NY/NJ music scene for almost four decades as a performer and instructor. In 1983, Mike co-founded the metal band Exxplorer, with whom he played and toured for more than 30 years. Since the early 1990’s he has played with various groups including, Tin Pan Alley, Yesterday’s Child, and numerous cover bands. He is a founding member of Dark Sky Choir.
There's a new sheriff in town by the name of Desert Suns. It seems that bands today are having to do more and more to stand out and these fellas have done just that. Where stoner rock, doom, sludge, psychedelic and blues all overlap you get Desert Suns. A San Diego band formed in 2013 by four hefty dudes with enough hair to challenge Cousin Itt to a test of anonymity. Soon after forming they released their single "Burning Temples" January of 2014 which helped them to acquire a great fan base and got them some great reviews. "Some of the doomiest riffs that would make one Mr. Iommi a very happy and proud person" says Bill Goodman in his review of the Desert Suns single Burning Temples. Their debut, self-titled album was released later that year on August 16th 2014 and reassured fans that they were no one hit wonder and also got them enough attention to book gigs all around the city. This attention is much deserved as the band has a genuine fluidity and a fresh take on how we hear rock. Although, the band has the ability to rip out some heavy material that would even get Grandma headbanging, they know how to seduce through gritty americana thanks to well-placed harmonica and purring vocals. From beginning to end, Desert Suns has compelling hooks, an addictive atmospheric energy and heavy, pulsating beats that get blood boiling with obstreperous energy.
$25 adv & $30 day of
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