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Albums Of The Week: Mondo Generator | We Stand Against You

I wouldn't spend 22 minutes hanging with Nick Oliveri in person, but damn, the time sure flies when he and his co-conspirators are firing off their gutter-punk salvos.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Mondo Generator was formed in 1997 by Nick Oliveri, known for founding the legendary stoner band Kyuss and playing in Queens Of The Stone Age. Initially intended as a solo side project, the classic Cocaine Rodeo album was recorded that same year, but shelved until Southern Lord Records released its unique brand of criminal insanity to widespread acclaim and horror in the summer of 2000.

Since its inception, Mondo Generator has welcomed contributions from notable members of the Californian rock scene — including Josh Homme, Dave Catching, Brant Bjork, Dave Grohl and Joey Castillo. The lineup officially stabilized in 2018 around Oliveri on bass and vocals, Mike Pygmie on guitars (who joined in 2012) and Mike Amster on drums. They have been relentlessly unleashing their rock ’n’ roll wrath on international stages since then.

Quick rewind back to 2020: The world suddenly shut down as the band hit Europe to present their first album in eight years, Fuck It. Live scenes across the globe got put into an artificial coma for a mere two years, yet the raw power of that vibrant 14-tracker resonated so strongly with the fans that revenge needed to be taken. Three years later, the hard-working trio return louder and fiercer than ever with their next sonic misdemeanor We Stand Against You, amped up by countless shows across Europe and North America.

We Stand Against You is nine songs of fire, fury and angst!”Oliveri says. “Some of the songs reflect my personal thoughts, some are about family and close friends dying or committing suicide and some are about my experience with the Corona lockdowns. This is a record of real emotion and not for the weak.”