Davenport, Iowa's Mondo Drag (formerly known as Holy Smokes) are proof that good bands and records can germinate in the most oddball of surroundings. In fact, their material seems to suggest that what's needed to make good music is not a hopping music scene so much as a killer record collection. One might guess that Davenport, then, has a plethora of good thrift stores and yard sales given Mondo Drags latest release, New Rituals. Filled with five-minute-plus cuts of pure blues/psych/sludge, New Rituals conjures up a stew of influence: early Pink Floyd, Pentagram and, says the band, any of about 20 forever-thought-lost-to-the-ether records the band collectively happens upon in a given week. For a band whose sound can eerily echo some of the better fuzz blooze of days past, there is a consistent growth and newness to each of their releases. (Pink Floyd grew from record to record too, you'll remember.) Let's hope Springwater has had a structural engineer pop by in the last year or two Mondo err more on the Black Mountain side of psych but don't forget the Black Sabbath either.
Fri., Feb. 12, 9 p.m., 2010