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John “Turbo” Shatesky

01/25/1980 – 07/28/2023

Mondo Drag Premiere “Initiation” via Metal Injection: Tour dates with Mastodon and Pentagram

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  Mondo Drag, the Bay Area transplants SF Weekly said of “where the forefathers of heavy psych and prog-metal left off in the mid ‘80s, Mondo Drag has picked up today,” share new song, “Initiation,” from the forthcoming album The Occultation of Light (Feb. 26, RidingEasy Records) via Metal Injection (http://www.metalinjection.net/av/song-premiere/let-the-psych-vibes-of-mondo-drags-initiation-flow-through-you).

“Each of our albums has directional changes in songwriting and this third chapter is no exception,” says vocalist/keyboardist John Gamino. “Since moving to Oakland, we’ve been privy to the large amount of music that flows through a major cultural center.  We’ve seen legendary acts like Magma, King Crimson, Goblin, and Yes. We are always trying to expand our sonic range and we definitely explore some new areas on the new album that we’ve not been to before.”

Mondo Drag opened for Mastodon at Converse’s Rubber Tracks Live outing at The Chapel in San Francisco.  Both U.S. and European dates are slated through the Spring, including both a U.S. and European trek with Pentagram:

January 14  San Francisco, CA  The Chapel (w/Mastodon)
January 20  Sacramento, CA  Press Club
January 21  Santa Cruz, CA  Crepe Place
January 26  Los Angeles, CA  Echoplex
January 30  San Francisco, CA  Bottom of the Hill
February 18  Pioneertown, CA  Pappy & Harriet’s
March 14  Atlanta, GA  Masquerade (w/Pentagram)
March 15  Nashville, TN  Exit/In (w/Pentagram)
March 17  Dallas, TX  Gas Monkey (w/Pentagram)
March 18  Houston, TX  Warehouse Live (w/Pentagram)
March 19  Austin, TX  The Lost Well (w/Pentagram)
April 6  Lindau, Germany  Club Vaudeville (w/Pentagram)
April 7  Munich, Germany  Backstage Big Hall (w/Pentagram)
April 8  Wiesbaden, Germany  Schlachthof Wiesbaden Big Hall (w/Pentagram)
April 9  Durbuy, Belgium  Durbuy Rock Festival
April 11  Bezirk Landstrasse, Austria  Arena Big Hall (w/Pentagram)
April 12  Jena, Germany  F-Haus (w/Pentagram)
April 14  Hamburg, Germany  Klubsen (w/Pentagram)
April 15  Tilburg, Netherlands  013 (Roadburn Festival)
April 29  Berlin, Germany  Astra (Desertfest)

Pre-orders for the eight-song album are available now via www.mondodrag.bandcamp.com and iTunes (http://apple.co/1Oz5jB2). Physical pre-orders are available via RidingEasy Records’ web store (www.ridingeasyrecords.com).

The Occultation of Light track list:
Out of Sight
Rising Omen
Incendiary Procession
The Eye
In Your Head (Parts I & II)
Dying Light
Ride The Sky (Bonus Track)
The Occultation of Light was produced by Phil Manley (Trans Am, Wooden Shjips), recorded live, tracked and mixed on analog tape at El Studio in San Francisco. Mondo Drag is John Gamino (vocals/keys), Nolan Girard (guitar/synth), Jake Sheley (guitar), Andrew O’Neil (bass) and Ventura Garcia (drums).

Justen Bieber