Riotgod

Vocals: Mark Sunshine
Guitar: Garret Sweeney
Bass: Jim Baglino
Drum: Bob Pantella

 

 

Die beiden Monster Magnet-Mitglieder Jim Baglino (Bass) und Bob Pantella (Schlagzeug) spielten 2006 während der Monster Magnet-Tour mit den Gedanken, ihren eigenen musikalischen Ideen nachzugehen. Dies konkretisierte sich während der Tourpause von Monster Magnet im Jahr 2007 und es wurde begonnen, sich nach Gitarristen und Sängern umzusehen. Schließlich wurden Garrett Sweeny an der Gitarre und Mark Sunshine als Sänger verpflichtet. Der Name Riotgod wurde in Anlehnung an ein Musikprojekt von Mark Sunshine gewählt. Das erste Album wurde zunächst in Eigenverantwortung aufgenommen.

Stilistisch kategorisiert werden kann die Band als Space Rock, Hard Rock und/oder Stoner Rock. Laut einem Review des Rock Hard-Magazins bewegt sich das Album Riotgod zwischen Monster Magnet, Kyuss und Soundgarden, was vor allem auf Mark Sunshines Gesang zurückzuführen sei. Der Schlagzeuger der Band, Bob Pantella, bezeichnet den Stil von Riotgod in einem Interview als Hard Rock.

 

 

Riotgod began in spirit through the conversations of Monster Magnet's Bob Pantella and Jim Baglino while out on tour as early as 2006.

While touring with Monster Magnet provided them with some great times and afforded them the opportunity to perform around the world, each communicated a desire to express their own musical ideas.

During their time off the road, the pair began exploring the possibilities of creating their own band . Bob began to lay down some ideas to get the ball rolling come 2007.

Bob while recording ideas that would become many of the songs on Riotgod's first CD, also sought out musicians that would fill out the guitar and vocal slots for the then nameless band.
Contacted first was Garrett Sweeny for guitar.

For the vocals, many possible names had been discussed, including some notable voices familiar via other established bands yet in the end the local NJ connection would lead to Mark Sunshine.

The band began to look for shows locally booking in NYC, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The venues would range from nationally familiar clubs such as Asbury Park's Stone Pony to a gig in a Brooklyn loft.

Touring for the band would be another story. Each member still fulfilled their other musical obligations, most notably Jim and Bob being called out to tour with Monster Magnet, However challenging it may always be owing to scheduling -- touring is a given.

Riotgod did its first mini-tour in 2009, hitting the road with fellow NJ rockers The Friends of Bill Wilson. Riotgod would visit the US mid-west and Canada, playing venues such as Chicago's Double Door, Detroit's Blondies, Toronto's Bovine Sex Club as well as some lesser known colorful establishments along the way.

Releases

Riotgod - Riotgod (MV0006), 12.11.2010

 

Riotgod - Invisible Empire (MV0021), 31.01.2012

 

 

Riotgod - Driven Rise (MV0043), 21.02.2014