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Saturday, March 15 • 9:40pm - 10:10pm
Mondo Topless

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Since Halloween night in 1992, Mondo Topless has been serving audiences a tasty concoction of fuzzed-out guitar, thumping bass, and crunchy drums, all topped with a thick cheesy organ sauce. It’s a simple concept, really: “Rock n’ Roll is more about primal energy and erotic tension than deep meaning and introspection,” says Sam Steinig, singer and organ grinder. This is also a clever way of avoiding people trying to figure out the lyrics. To further convey his music philosophy, Sam turned to Russ Meyer’s classic 1968 travelogue for the name of the band. Thus, armed with his third-hand Vox Continental organ, he took it upon himself to enrich the world with some really loud, fast and stupid rock n’ roll. The latest incarnation of Mondo Topless features mad-scientist Tom Connors continuing to punish his drums, while bassist Scott Rodgers adds the requisite thud. Kris Alutius, technician/guitarist/beef jerky spokesman, adds the squeals, pings, and power chords necessary for any garage rock ensemble. Stirred and heated to boiling, and you’ve got some damn fine song stylings, capable of inducing shaking, jumping and other irrational acts. The influences are easy to identify: The Sonics, The Stooges, The Kinks, The Lyres, The Cramps, The Cynics, etc. Mondo Topless has attracted the attention of several independent record labels over the years. In 1995, Worrybird Disk International, of Atlanta, GA, took the plunge, releasing the first single “I Want To” b/w “Real Gone Girl.” Shortly thereafter, legendary garage label Dionysus chimed in with another single, “In The End” b/w “Stay Away.” In 1996, the now-defunct Denver, CO imprint 360 Twist! released the first Mondo Topless long-player “Fifty-Thousand Dollar Hand Job.” Following each of these releases Mondo Topless hit the road to bring the “Mondo Sound” to the people. From 1995 to 1997, the group left their native Philadelphia to invade Atlanta, New Orleans, Denver, Orlando, Tuscaloosa, and points in-between. Mondo Topless has been paired with such garage, punk and rock ‘n roll luminaries as Southern Culture on the Skids, The Fleshtones, The Swingin’ Neckbreakers, The Woggles, The Lyres, The Original Sins, Ronnie Dawson, The Cynics, Dick Dale, Mudhoney, and more. They also appeared at garage festivals like Cavestomp and Sleazefest. In 1997, G.I. Productions invited Mondo Topless to contribute a song for their “Invasion of the Insectoids” compilation. In that same year, G.I. released a 3-song 7” E.P., entitled “Amazon Queen.” Bolstered by the rave reviews for “Amazon Queen,” in the Fall of 1998, Dionysus returned to release the second Mondo Topless full-length, “Get Ready for Action!” In the spring of 2002, Get Hip Recordings released a new Mondo Topless 7” single, “No More” b/w “Panty Sniffer”. Several months later, Get Hip followed up with “Go Fast!”, the third full-length album for Mondo Topless. More rave reviews and touring followed. Which brings us to today. “Take it Slow” is the latest full-length release for Mondo Topless (also on Get Hip), and is arguably their finest to date. Recorded at Slug Studios in Collingswood, NJ, USA (actuality the attic of guitarist Kris Alutius’ house), the CD comes closest to any release to date in showcasing the band’s raw, intense live sound. Since their inception, the band has seen the rise in popularity of the Garage Rock “genre”, and has also seen it watered-down, interpreted, co-opted, and even commercialized. One thing that has remained true has been the band’s steadfast adherence to the true spirit of Garage Rock. You can hear it from the first demo on through to their most recent album, and always at their live shows. So keep your eyes open - and make sure to come out and see them the next time they’re in your town.

Saturday March 15, 2008 9:40pm - 10:10pm CDT
Soho Lounge 217 E 6th St

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