Bongzilla, Velocicopter, Disrotted Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Wed., Dec. 9, 8 p.m. 2015

Look at that, with pro-marijuana legislation well past the point of “getting the ball rolling”—medical dispensaries exist in the state of Illinois, for crying out loud—Madison-born weed lobbyists Bongzilla are now back from the dead following a six-year hiatus (and some substance abuse struggles). Fortuitous timing. Over the course of their four full-lengths—beginning with 1999’s Stash and ending with 2005’s Amerijuanican, both via Relapse—the stoner foursome have long dug deep trenches in slow-going but buoyant rhythms, dealing out swampy doom riffs that cycle through measures with the urgency of a three-toed sloth. But unlike the Dead Meadow-style stoner rock that ultimately makes eyelids grow heavy, Bongzilla rely on the demonic, gargling vocals of front man Mike “Muleboy” Makela to keep the slow-groove heaviness menacing and unsettling. Theirs have always been supremely intense highs, the kind that might very well be laced with PCP. Together again, the band is doing slow tours with talk here and there about recording new material. For now let’s cheer for the possibility of a future bong-themed date with great Chicago doom dudes Bongripper

Kevin Warwick

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