The Atomic Bitchwax w/ Karma to Burn, IJG

Tue. Sep 12, 2017 at 8:00pm EDT
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The Atomic Bitchwax w/ Karma to Burn, IJG

New Jersey Super Stoner Rock trio The Atomic Bitchwax with Karma to Burn and Iron Jawed Guru Tuesday, September 12th 8PM. 


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The Atomic Bitchwax is an American rock band from Long Branch N.J. formed in 1993 by bassist/vocalist Chris Kosnik, guitarist Ed Mundell and drummer Keith Ackerman. Their music is a combination of 60s psychedelic rock, and 70s riff rock filtered though the progressive rock influences of today.

The original group was primarily a jam band playing local bars in N.J. and N.Y.C. but shortly after they formed, Chris joined the Metal/Doom band "Godspeed" (Atlantic)1993-96, and Ed joined up with Space Rockers "Monster Magnet" (A&M).1993-2010. This lineup released two full length records together "The Atomic Bitchwax S/T" in 1999, T.A.B."2" in 2000 on the N.Y. based "Tee-Pee" records, and the odds and ends EP "Spit Blood" in 2002 on the Albuquerque N.M. based "Meteor City" Label.

Around this time Chris started the side band "Black Nasa" releasing two fulll length records also on Teepee and Meteor City. Black Nasa "S/T" 2003 and "Deuce" in 2004. Similar in sound but with more focus on vocals and traditional song structure.

The Atomic Bitchwax was in a state of flux for about a year or two, By now, the very established Monster Magnet was touring and recording extensively leaving little time for T.A.B. to write a proper follow up record. This inevitably ends Eds tenure with the group in late 2004.

2005 -Enter guitarist/vocalist Finn Ryan formerly of "Atlantic" recording artist "Core". Now with Finn on board the band focuses on writing and touring for about a year before entering Trax East Studios in South River N.J. to record their follow up, the aptly titled "TAB 3". The 2005 release is followed by two European and North American tours with a stop in Seattle Washington's "Sound House" to record the 2006 EP "Boxriff", engineered by Jack Endino which also included a DVD live show filmed in Seattle's Sunset Tavern.

2006- Unknown and personal reasons sees drummer Keith Ackerman leaving the band at the end of 2006.

2007-In an odd twist of fate, current Monster Magnet drummer Bob Pantella joins T.A.B. and more touring follows throughout the year ending with the recording and release of the 2008 "TAB 4" on Teepee and Meteor City.

The current lineups latest work includes the 2011 release of "The Local Fuzz" boasting one 42 minute track of over 50 riffs back to back. 2012 and 2013 brings the bands road show to Australia, New Zealand, England, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and North America.Their music has also appeared in popular TV shows including "Jackass", "Home Wrecker" and "Fox Sports".

2013- Chris also joins Monster Magnet….

2014- The band is currently finishing their latest record "working title TAB 5" and will be touring Europe late summer 2014.

Chris and Bob will also be touring with Monster Magnet from late 2013 through summer 2014 in support of their latest record "Last Patrol".


 


 


Karma to Burn


To explain what’s so special about this American rock trio to somebody who’s never heard of Karma To Burn before, you have to start by leaving aside some of the basic principles of that music and start with the group’s most obvious forte: their riff-driven, heavily grooving instrumental songs blend almost the entire history of rock music, from the late sixties with their euphoric atmosphere of departure to the present return to handmade, organic music which counteracts with passionate spiritedness the general trend towards cold digital sounds. Even without vocals, Karma To Burn fascinate their listeners from the first to the very last note. “If you want to compose a song without vocals, you have to really concentrate on the continuous flow of the arrangements, after all we don’t have a singer to cover up any weak passages,” explains guitarist William Mecum, who makes up Karma To Burn’s current line-up together with Evan Devine (drums) and new addition Eric von Clutter (bass). “An instrumental track has to be like a rollercoaster ride that takes its audience up and down the whole time to maintain the suspense and dynamics. It’s got to be able to impress all the way.” 26 February 2016 will see the arrival of the group’s new EP Mountain Czar on Rodeostar/SPV, and the recording is set to fulfil those very criteria. So their fans may already look forward to five new tracks and the subsequent tour, scheduled to start directly after the release.

The new material will be presented to the public for the first time at those shows. On the one hand, Mountain Czar features the same artistic DNA as all recordings by Karma To Burn since their 1997 debut, on the other hand it also holds a number of surprises. As usual, four of the five songs feature numbers instead of regular song titles, namely ´Sixty`, ´Sixty One`, ´Sixty Two` and ´Sixty Three`. This way of naming their songs is just as much part of Karma To Burn’s approach as their holding on to established sounds and structures. “Of course we want to make sure that our music gets more interesting all the time, but only in the context of our own history and only to an extent that doesn’t confuse our fans,” explains Mecum. One of the exceptional moments on Mountain Czar is ´Sixty Three`, which the band refer to as “a heavy rock song with a mix of Western style and the surf rock feel of the 1950s”. Then there’s ´Uccidendo Un Sogno`, a cover track featuring a female (!) vocalist (!!) and Italian (!!!) lyrics. By way of explanation: Karma To Burn took ´Runnin Down A Dream` by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and asked Italian singer Stefanie Savy to record it in her native tongue. And on top of that, the end of the song surprises with a solo by Sons Of Morpheus guitarist Manuel Bissing. 

The album title may also require a brief explanation because Mountain Czar, freely translated “Ruler of the Mountains”, is a reference to the band’s (future) stylistic direction. “It’s funny: our music used to be referred to as stoner rock although none of us smoke marihuana. Then our style was suddenly called desert rock although we don’t come from the desert but from West Virginia, which is also called ´The Mountain State`,” Mecum smirks. “So it practically suggested itself to look for a term which really suits our music. That’s why we decided on the title Mountain Czar, in the hope that people would label our music as ‘mountain rock’ in future.”

There’s no indication that things are about to slow down for this band – what with their spring 2016 tour coming up, which has already been confirmed. So no signs of fatigue in the Karma To Burn camp. “More than 20 years ago, people told me that a purely instrumental band could never work in the long run,” William Mecum recalls. “But Karma To Burn are like a boxer with a big heart, amazing stamina and a talent for getting back on his feet again and again.” Which is just as well, seeing that in this case there’s a mountain to be conquered.

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