Despite being stuffed with songs written on the daybreak of heavy steel, Monster Magnet’s new album sounds related right now, and the band’s chief, Dave Wyndorf, explains why.
When Dave Wyndorf joins the Zoom name, he is illuminated by purple mild and curtained by shadows, as if he is broadcasting from the psychedelic dimension described within the opening observe of A Better Dystopia, the brand new covers album from his band, Monster Magnet. Through the thundering silence of your vacuum-kept secret / Hiding out on the pulsating fringe of your bubbly, fudge thoughts / Deep, into the sanctuary of the ruby-lipped lizard. But, Dave shouldn’t be Facetiming from the cave of the nice blue-winged bat. He’s chatting from his dwelling in New Jersey.
It’s becoming. A Better Dystopia represents a form of homecoming for Dave and Monster Magnet. Recorded in 2020 throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, dystopia has the band cowl songs by pro-metal and psychedelic teams like Hawkwindhandjob POOBAHhandjob Jerusalem, and Josephus. The opening observe, “The Diamond Mine,” recreates a monologue from Dave Diamond, a radio DJ who helped unfold the gospel of psychedelia and acid rock in his applications. These songs laid the muse for heavy steel as a style – and for Monster Magnet as a band. “I simply went again into my deepest, deepest childhood recollections and tried to provide you with one thing that may be attention-grabbing — which means songs not lots of people had heard earlier than. And it will keep throughout the band’s wheelhouses of music. This is stuff that impressed me to create Monster Magnet.”
A Better Dystopia, Dave tells HollywoodLife, began as a “filler concept.” They had simply completed the European leg of their powertrip tour once they arrived in North America in February 2020. But, COVID hit, leaving the band – like each different group – caught with nothing to do. “It wasn’t a matter of like earning money,” mentioned Dave. “It was extra simply to do the appropriate factor by us. Like, we have a whole lot of power we’re in the course of a tour. We needed to play and the prospect of me sitting in entrance of my tv whereas the entire world’s in lockdown, and everybody’s crying the blues 24 hours a day whereas the federal government is being run by a mad man? I’m not going to sit down there and watch that,” he says with fun. “So, okay. Let’s do a document.”
“As quickly as I considered doing it,” says Dave, “the ramifications of a nasty cowl album hit me virtually instantly.” It’s an all-true concern for any established rock band. The cowl album may be brutal for a fan, with some information coming off as disjointed messes. The cowl album can be perceived as a sign of a gaggle’s inventive drought, a low-water mark that has, up to now, preceded a band’s breakup — see Guns N’ Roses “The Spaghetti Incident?” or Rage Against The Machine‘s Renegades. Yet, A Better Dystopia defies these fears. Monster Magnet has created a vivid sonic expertise, cohesive from begin to end. It’s the soundtrack of an in a single day street journey by means of the New Mexico desert. It’s the music greeting you if you enter a dimly lit dive bar, inviting you in with the odor of leather-based and chilly beer.
Perhaps the best accomplishment of A Better Dystopia is how related it sounds in 2021. Though psychedelic music is related to the Peace and Love Generation, the music was additionally the soundtrack for a time of social unrest, corrupt political administrations, and international nervousness. A Better Dystopia “ties in an attention-grabbing [observation] that I had,” says Dave, “in that, in my life now, I’ve been by means of two actual, media-approved dystopia occasions – one being the final 4 years of loopy authorities, loopy fights, civil wars, post-truth insanity, plus COVID. And the opposite time after I was actually younger, I bear in mind being 12 years previous in 1969 and America was on fireplace again then.”
“It was worse than it was now,” he provides. “We had riots each single summer time, they usually have been drafting folks to go to the Vietnam conflict. It was mirrored instantly, particularly in music. The occasions felt loopy, and the music sounded loopy. There was all this music popping out – and it wasn’t even getting on the radio. It was filling up the document shops and going out to folks. And it actually was mirrored within the sounds of the music, the lyrics — the ambiguous, unusual lyrics — simply normal madness. It was nice. It was actually cool. It was there. It was on the road. Coming out of the document retailer, you truly felt like these information have been made within the time you lived in.”
There could by no means be a equally uniformly seismic shift within the musical panorama once more. Modern listeners aren’t reliant on a single supply for music anymore, so shifting traits and reflective attitudes in particular scenes may be extra delicate to select up. “There’s a much bigger wealth of music” right now, says Dave, earlier than noting how the “the cultural expertise was very singularly distinctive” when the songs that make up A Better Dystopia first got here out.
Thought A Better Dystopia displays the occasions of 2021, it was additionally a method for Dave to have fun a pivotal time in his life. “I began Monster Magnet after I was 28. So, it was late. I used to be in different bands,” he says, referencing his punk/power-pop group, Shrapnel. “I began Monster Magnet due to my love for that stuff that I first bought into.”
“When I went again to those songs to do the duvet document, I used to be like, ‘yeah, you recognize, folks ought to know.’ If there’s any method I may share the love and switch the folks onto [these songs] in a technique or one other — positively. But, actually was the principle motive actually was to go to Monster Magnet followers and say, ‘if there are any doubts on the place the origins of this band got here from, let there be little doubt. This is the stuff that turned me on. It’s sort of like a roots document.”
After taking a visit to the previous, what does the long run maintain? “I’m so able to go,” he says. “We’ll in all probability begin taking part in round Christmas time within the states. Some method or one other. I do know we will do some anniversary reveals for our first album, Spine of God. It’s like 30 years previous now. And, after all, I need to tour A Better Dystopia like hell as a result of the songs are f-cking nice. They’re going to work nice stay.”
“If I may begin a set with ‘Mr. Destroyer,’ I assure you, get in a room stuffed with a few hundred folks, a thousand folks on the proper second, if you happen to increase your hand to go—” This is the place, within the chat, he shouts, conjuring up the purple power from his New Jersey dimension to bellow the title to “Mr. Destroyer,” a preview of what followers can anticipate when the band returns to performing stay. After delivering the road, he smiles. “People are going to respect that. You’re going to go, ‘Yes. I need Mr. Destroyer.’”
Perhaps the very best factor about A Better Dystopia is that Monster Magnet reveals how, as Dave notes on the finish of the decision, that rock may be “humorous and superb and imply all on the similar time — typically throughout the similar track. It can have sarcasm, it may chortle at itself, and it may very well be actually highly effective. It would not all the time must be utterly critical or testosterone-fueled to the purpose the place there is not any emotion. That’s why I like these things as a result of — that is what all these [rock] stereotypes have been constructed on. So it looks like I actually go to the effectively and says, ‘oh, you recognize, that is actual stuff.’ This is like, ‘I simply discovered an actual dinosaur bone,’ however that is actual, man. You know, these items actually did exist.” And due to Monster Magnet’s phenomenal new album, it exists once more.
A Better Dystopia is out now.