Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Puta Volcano

I came, I saw, I bought the whole digital discography! Another gem in a long string of semi-random finds from either YouTube recommendations, Bandcamp feeds, or the actual ‘you gotta hear this!’ posts in the Waveriders FaceBook group I belong to. (In this case, the latter.)

Puta Volcano from Athens, Greece is a heavy blues band with one foot in the Stoner Rock genre, just great heavy rock that grabs you by the hair and bangs your head while you trip.

I am absolutely loving this new wave of heavy female fronted bands. I can’t stop listening to the likes of High Priestess, Holy Grove, Witchcryer, Year of the Cobra, and countless others that have all seemingly suddenly come into their own. And yes I am 100% tossing Puta Volcano into this list, all hail the queens!

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Freedom Hawk: Beast Remains

So much good music released lately, and this is the one I can’t get enough of right now. Virgina’s venerable Freedom Hawk has a brand new album called Beast Remains, and they had me at the first track, the energetic, moving “Solid Gold”.

The band’s sound is reminiscent of the best of 70s AOR and prog rock, while at the same time sounding both modern and timeless. Passionate, melodic, and grooving, Beast Remains is a perfect showcase of the band’s formidable songwriting and musical skills.

Whatever’s in the water at Virginia Beach, I want some. In the meantime, I’m just going to keep enjoying Freedom Hawk rock and hope they come this way soon.

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – The Hazytones

This power fuzz trio from Quebec recently dropped their full length debut on Ripple Records and are finishing up a crazy tour of 43 dates in 46 days across the US and Canada! I had the pleasure of seeing them last week at one of my favorite San Francisco clubs where they played as part of Ripplefest II, a showcase of up and coming Ripple Records bands.

They brought a crazy level of fever pitch energy to their smoldering set, which ended with their bass player bouncing through the crowd while laying down a frenetic bass line. I love power trios, and my hat is always off to a singer who plays lead guitar, let alone a red plastic Danelectro. Proof once again that it’s not the tools but the craftsman when it comes to making the most of your art!

I warmed up quickly to their self-titled debut disc, which I like more every time I listen to it. Check it out now, The Hazytones on Ripple Records. And watch for more from these guys in the future!

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