Regarded as the prime instigators of the indie subgenre ‘Italo Occult Psychedelia’, Mamuthones are scheduled to play at The Cluny in Newcastle on Friday 9th March.
Named after the masks used during the cultural festival Mamoiada, it can be seen how their occult style of sound has arisen. According to folklore surrounding the festival, Mamuthones are affiliated with ancient rites, forgotten civilizations and supernatural beings found on Sardinia – the island where the festival takes place.
The above associations are brought to life with the band’s unique blending of supernatural synth and esoteric electronica alongside their take on alternative/indie sound, an aspect which is prevalent in their songs such as ‘Don’t Be Choosy,’ ‘Show Me,’ and ‘Symphony for the Devil.’
Through this combination of sounds, Mamuthones are recognised as being the first to produce proclaimed genres like ‘Riot + Ritual’ and ‘Diazepam Dancing.’ Most importantly is their heralding of ‘Italo Occult Psychedelia’ of which no other band is as prolific to this genre as them.
Formed originally as a solo project by Alessio Gastaldello, Mamuthones began looking like a real band upon his leave from Jennifer Gentle in 2007. To his aid that year came 70-year-old seasoned drummer Maurizio Boldrin and now ex-member Marco Fasolo (having re-joined Jennifer Gentle) where Alessio recruited Francesco Lovison (synth) and Matteo Polato (guitar) to Mamuthones.
The band have just released their new album and will be playing at The Cluny 2 in Newcastle on Friday 9th March, with support coming from Behold a Pale Horse and The Lightwaves Museum. For further information, and to purchase tickets in advance (priced at £7.00), head to thecluny.com.