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16 June 2015 No Comment

Bongzilla
Psycho California
05-17-2015 @ The Observatory
Santa Ana, CA
Photos & Review: Jeff Longo

Day 1 Recap/Photos: Eyehategod, Bedemon, Cave-In, Old Man Gloom, Bell Witch, and Municipal Waste
Day 2 Recap/Photos: Sleep, Kylesa, Pallbearer, Earth, and The Shrine
Day 3 Recap/Photos: Pentagram, OM, Truckfighters, Earthless, Bongzilla, Tombs, and The Well

One of the bands we were really looking forward to seeing at Psycho California Fest at the Observatory in Santa Ana was a rare appearance by Chicago blackened sludge nihilists Indian. Unfortunately, a couple weeks before the festival Indian posted a brief message: “Indian has come to the point where we can no longer be a band,” canceling all scheduled shows including Psycho California. A major blow but the guys over at Thief Presents circled the wagons and booked a very suitable replacement – stoner doom legends Bongzilla.

Bongzilla recently reformed the 2002 Gateway lineup featuring Muleboy, Spanky, Cooter Brown, and Magma. Sadly, legend “Dixie” Dave Collins (Weedeater, Buzzov*en, Sourvein), who joined the band for their final & most successful album Amerijuanican (2005 Relapse Records), wasnt part of this this particular reunion. This didn’t seem to bother the fans that packed the main stage for their early afternoon set. Ceremoniously Bongzilla took the stage and front-man Muleboy immediately sparked a giant doobie while the crowd roared in approval. Smoking most of it between the band before handing it to a very happy fan in the front row to finish, which she did. What else would you expect from a band whose entire catalog is based on their love for the sticky icky? Sludgy riffs with Sabbath-esque solos dedicated to weed worship as the faithful toked away to hilarious songs Keefmaster, Green Thumb, Witch Weed, Hashdealer, and Grim Reefer. You don’t weed to enjoy Bongzilla but sure does help.

Bongzilla Setlist: (incomplete) Keefmaster, Green Thumb, Gateway, Dealer McDope, Salvation, Sunnshine Green, Witch Weed, Hashdealer, Grim Reefer

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Day 1 Recap/Photos: Eyehategod, Bedemon, Cave-In, Old Man Gloom, Bell Witch, and Municipal Waste
Day 2 Recap/Photos: Sleep, Kylesa, Pallbearer, Earth, and The Shrine
Day 3 Recap/Photos: Pentagram, OM, Truckfighters, Earthless, Bongzilla, Tombs, and The Well

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