The Lords of Altamont
The Lords of Altamont are a rock and roll band from Los Angeles, California. The band mixes the sounds of ’60s garage and psychedelic rock, American punk rock, British rhythm & blues and glam combined with B-movie biker exploitation imagery. The current lineup consists of former members of The Bomboras, The Fuzztones and The Cramps. As of 2014 the band has released five albums on various labels including the newest, The Lords Take Altamont, an homage to the infamous concert from which the band takes its name.
The story of the band has its proper start in late 1999. Veterans of the SoCal music scene Jake Cavaliere and Johnny Devilla, late of the instro/surf juggernaut The Bomboras, were looking to form something new. The original line-up, which would come to be known to their fans as “The First Five,” kickstarted a new generation of garage-biker rock with their first show at the legendary Hollywood venue The Garage in early 2000. That show was the spark that led to a wildfire as word of their shows spread and The Lords of Altamont became something of a global underground phenomenon. They were the band other bands would come out to see; their live performances described in almost reverent tones and their records consistently garnering acclaim.
Early 2002 saw the release of their debut LP, To Hell With The Lords Of Altamont, which brought their 30-weight gospel to the masses in all its overdriven glory. Through personnel changes and various challenges over the last 15 years The Lords of Altamont have continued to release albums and play for fans around the world. High points include touring as the support act for their primitive rock n roll idols The Cramps, opening for The Who and counting the late Michael Davis of the MC5 as a past member.
The Lords Of Altamont’s sixth full length album ‘The Wild Sounds Of The Lords Of Altamont’ is will be available through Heavy Psych Sounds and is scheduled to be released in October 2017. The album was recorded at the Kitten Robot Studios in Los Angeles and has been produced by the legendary Paul Roessler – who has been a prominent figure in the L.A. punk scene of the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, playing keyboards with bands like The Screamers, 45 Grave, Geza X, Twisted Roots, Mike Watt and the Secondman as well as Nina Hagen.
The current line-up consists of Jake “The Preacher” Cavaliere, lead vocalist and Farfisa organ; Dani Sin, guitar; Rob Zimmerman, bass guitar and Steven “Knuckles” Van der Werff on drums. The Lords have gathered quite some live reputation throughout the years, and has certainly earned a cult status to some extent. But above all; The Lords Of Altamont are a kick-ass garage band, that combines 60’s biker-fuzz with a layer of Farfisa organ. It sounds like The Fleshtones involved in a rock ‘n roll orgy with The Cramps. Lord have mercy, because The Lordscertainly won’t!!!