Mondo Drag

Premiere DateAug 3, 2015
Categories Media Music
00:00 Introducing Mondo Drag
04:42 Zephyr Mondo Drag
11:44 Crystal Visions Open Eyes Mondo Drag
15:03 The Dawn Mondo Drag
15:03 Plumajilla Mondo Drag
21:12 Mic Break
21:31 Interview with John Gamino
33:23 Mic Break
34:47 Shifting Sands Mondo Drag
40:26 Pillars of the Sky Mondo Drag
47:12 Snakeskin Mondo Drag
53:23 Finish

Photo courtesy of Mondo Drag

Hello and welcome to Discovery Corner on BTR!

This week’s artist, the Oakland-based outfit Mondo Drag, are keeping the doors to yesteryear’s rock and roll wide open. In a time where the advent of home recording and ceaseless digital meandering has spawned a never-ending ocean of new music (often of debatable quality), these guys pay homage to their roots in a manner that will renew continual discovery of classic gems from decades passed.

For some the nostalgia pill is hard to swallow, but critics need not be wary of Mondo Drag’s nod to bygone eras. Take one listen to their recently-released self-titled record for proof. Languid vocals reminiscent of Jim Morrison drift across desert-kissed soundscapes, yet the effect is entirely different than anything the Los Angeles legends would have intended.

There are elements of old-school metal and heavy-handed blues sledgehammers cast about, yet the same song might take a turn towards decidedly trance-ier waters.

Then there’s the smoky rippling of Hammond organs, and the fact that many of the compositions move closer towards the complexities of prog than straight-up rock.

But enough words, check out the tunes for yourself.

And don’t forget to check out the Discovery Artist feature on Mondo Drag!


Photo Courtesy of the band

Zach Schepis worked at BTR from 2013-2017 as an intern, staff writer, podcast producer, and Editor-in-Chief for BTRread.