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THE ULTRA ELECTRIC MEGA GALACTIC (us)
New band of psychedelic guitar wizard Ed Mundell. He is a founding member of New Jersey Stoner band The Atomic Bitchwax and later joined Monster Magnet as lead guitarist. His first recorded appearance with the band was 1993's Superjudge album. In the span of 18 years he played on seven Monster Magnet albums in total between 1992 and 2010 and then left Monster Magnet to collaborate with new producers, songwriters and musicians. Mundell's style is heavily influenced by psychedelic 70ws rock such as Jimi Hendrix and Tommy Bolin. In 2010 Mundell started to form a new project, "The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic", whose debut album released January 2013.
“Oh man, I am rather pleased to announce that Ed Mundell is back on the psychedelic hard rock instrumental train with his new project, The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic. With the epic name comes an epic record. Featuring a bitching rhythm section compromised of Collyn McCoy (Trash Titan, Otep) and Rick Ferrante (Sasquatch), UEMG set the controls for the heart of the sun and returned to bring us 46 minutes of the best spaced-out instrumental jams I have heard this year. This is far and away the best thing I have heard Ed Mundell do since the first two record from The Atomic Bitchwax, from which he left to play in Monster Magnet. The UEMG picks off where he left. Chocked full of heavy riffs and extended guitar solos, this is a stoner rock/ guitar nerd wet dream. Very similar to the instrumental tracks on TAB I and II, the 7 songs on the record sit nicely in a groove with Clutch, Fu Manchu, Nebula, and Jimi Hendrix if they left the vocals at home.” (The Soda Shop)
Sasquatch was formed in Los Angeles in 2001. Drawing on influences from 70's metal, rock, and psychedelia, they bring 70's hard rock mixed with a dash of metal carried by an unmistakable undercurrent of psychedelic sounds which permeate their songs. You'll hear nods towards Black Sabbath, old Soundgarden, Deliverance-era Corrosion of Conformity, Mountain and Grand Funk Railroad. The band’s fourth album “IV” was released in the fall of last year, and shows a more mature and diverse song-set to date, both heartwarmingly familiar and unexpected, plus thundering power chords, sizzling solos, shrewd melodic flights and even some super-trippy moments, but all of it heavy on the heavy, as they say.
U-Boat are four local guys creating psychedelic rock music drawing influences from late 60s and early 70s rock, dark wave and postpunk and focussing on an organic approach with complex elements and instrumental stories. The band released their debut album in 2011, made the soundtrack for the short movie Knal and is currently working on their second album.