CHAPTER ONE: GØGGS IS BORN. Ty and I decided we were going to start a band together when Ex-Cult opened for his band on the Slaughterhouse tour in 2013. A couple years later when the plans were solidified, it only made sense that thrash master Charles Moothart should get in on the experience. The three of us have been friends for years at this point, crashing at each others houses and riffling through each others record collections after a night of performing, partying, or both. This is not a side-project, it is a necessity. GØGGS is three heads, one spine, circling the drain of the wasteland known as mother earth.
The A side to the debut single “She Got Harder” (out this past November on In The Red Records) is one of the first songs we came up with for this project, with an Iggy Pop cover (Featuring Zumi Rosow) thrown on the B-Side for maximum damage.The album dropped in 2016 (features guests Cory Hanson of Wand, Denee Petracek of Vial, and Mikal Cronin) will lead us into the second chapter of the GØGGS saga. Smoke the Wurm. A new player enters the game. –Chris Shaw
Flat Worms is Will, Justin, and Tim from LA, CA.
Warm Drag (Paul Quattrone and Vashti Windish) is a new LA based duo earning a reputation as…well…loud. Layers of samplers and distortion wash over thumping beats and brooding vocals are haunting and visceral. Think 60s girl group run through a blender and poured over 80s industrial with a small dose of 50s rockabilly. They are working on an upcoming album with Aaron Coyes of Peaking Lights.
The thorny Oakland, Calif.-based five piece make it very clear from the first few seconds of the record to the very end that the music here is intensely addictive and welcomely unpredictable stuff. Shades of post-punk, dub, even anarcho-punk vibes are thrillingly re-blended into wholly futuristic shapes that defy easy categorization.
Consisting of Cameron Stephens (guitar/synth/bullhorn/percussion), Christopher Sprague (bass/organ/percussion), Josh Lindenfelzer (drums/percussion/synth/AM radio/saxophone/stylophone/suona), Christopher Hash (guitars), and Aurora Crispin (vocals), Naked Lights' cross-talking guitars speak their own prickly language. The atmosphere is wide-focus and carries a subtle tang of danger, the whole sense of timing and space is unique and fresh, and it's topped off with a feminine yelp that is as in your face as it is intriguing and foreign-seeming.
The album was recorded at SANTO in Oakland, mixed and produced by Josh Roberts and Christopher Sprague, and engineered by Jonah Strauss. An altogether unique and refreshingly vital listen from Castle Face.