Washington state-based rock unit, MOS GENERATOR, will drop their anticipated Abyssinia full-length in North America next month. In advance of its release, today The Obelisk offers up “Catspaw,” for public appreciation issuing of the record overall, “Duality is nothing new for MOS GENERATOR… as Electric Mountain Majesty showed in its moments of underlying depressiveness and dissatisfaction. Abyssinia, with a title that’s reportedly playing off the Washington-state accent’s version of ‘I’ll be seein’ ya’ but nonetheless uses the word ‘abyss’ to make that play, has its moments of melancholy as well, whether it’s the slower roll of ‘As Above So Below,’ ‘Wicked Willow’ before it or the closing duo of ‘Time And Other Thieves’ and ‘Outlander,’ but that brooding is offset by a thrust greater even than the band showed on 2012’s Nomads, songs like ‘Catspaw’ and its side B counterpart ‘Red Canyons’ pushing into what would be manic territory were [guitarist/vocalist Tony] Reed and company still not able to keep such a handle on the material.”
MOS GENERATOR guitarist/vocalist Tony Reed further elaborates of the latest cut, “‘Catspaw’ is a track that sounds like something I would have written in my early 20s. It’s a busy, uptempo number that is influenced by a few different bands. While I was writing it, I was listening to a lot of Motorpsycho but I also hear the Canadian prog rock influences of Rush and Voivod. ‘Catspaw’ is a blazer to play live and has its little challenges every night. We’ve been playing it most nights of the US. tour we are on right now and by the time we get to Europe in October, it will hopefully be like second nature.”
Sample “Catspaw,” courtesy of The Obelisk, as well as the blog’s full investigation of Abyssinia, at THIS LOCATION.
Abyssinia will be released on July 15th, 2016 in Europe and August 5th, 2016 in North America through Listenable Records. Preorders are currently available HERE.
MOS GENERATOR recently wrapped up a near-month-long North American tour which kicked off June 16th, 2016. The latest trek found the band joined by Year Of The Cobra on select dates and included an appearance at this year’s Maryland Doom Fest, Northwest Heavy Fest, and Black Mountain Fest. Additional performances are scattered through the end of July and early August. See all confirmed dates below.
7/29/2016 Coo Coos Nest – Port Angeles, WA
7/30/2016 Funhouse – Seattle, WA
8/04/2016 The Rail – Spokane, WA
8/05/2016 The Manette – Bremerton, WA
8/06/2016 Louie Gs @ Black Mountain Fest – Tacoma, WA
MOS GENERATOR formed during the Winter of 2000 in Port Orchard, Washington from the ashes of a decade-long on-again-off-again collaboration between its three members, all of which are long time veterans of the road and studio. The need to strip down to the basics of hard rock was apparent from the start and continues to be the foundation for the band’s recent material. MOS GENERATOR has released six studio albums as well as an album retrospective, a live offering, and a plethora of split 7″ and 12″ singles on such labels as Listenable, Roadburn, Small Stone, Ripple, Nasoni, Lay Bare, Hevi Sike, H42, Devil’s Child, and Heavy Psych Sounds. Said Classic Rock Magazine of the band’s most recent outing, Abyssinia, “It recalls early Sabbath on ‘As Above, So Below,’ and the monolithic ‘Easy Evil,’ and ’60s San Francisco psychedelic rock aboard the scabrous road boogie of ‘Red Canyons’ and savage ‘Catspaw.’ The album’s last three tracks even wander into prog territory, which the new lineup take in their weighty stride when embroidering the acoustic intro and monastic drop of ‘Return From Nowhere.’…Astral-traveling epic ‘Outlander’ even introduces electric piano and Mellotron…'”