Mastodon on tour w/ Gojira & Kvelertak, played Austin, in NYC-area soon (pics, tix giveaway ++ twerk controversy)
photos by Tim Griffin, words by Rob Sperry-Fromm
"Mastodon killed it last night. I'm still feeling the repercussions at work today." - @ARodzATX
Mastodon, Gojira and Kvelertak have spent a fairly staggering amount of time on the road together this year, and they recently brought the current iteration of the tour to Austin for a show at Stubb's (10/20). Unfortunately our photographer missed Kvelertak, but BV was on hand for sets from Gojira and Mastodon, and pictures of the show are in this post.
If you've ever caught these bands live, you know that they bring contrasting styles to their performances. Gojira are an incredibly tight and heavy machine--their sound is always clear and crushing in equal measure, and the drumming in particular is always ridiculously on point. Both bands have a deep back-catalogue to draw from, which they do liberally, although both brought a focus on new material. Mastodon are a bit all over the place live, but not in a bad way. Everybody chimes in with vocals, and drummer Brann Dailor and lead guitarist Brent Hinds are extremely good improvisers, lending a more off-the-cuff vibe to their sets. At the Stubb's show they hit something from every album, although Blood Mountain seemed to get short shrift, with live staples like "Crystal Skull" and "Colony of Birchmen" conspicuously absent. But, as a nice touch, they did break out the rarely heard psych-country Blood Mountain closer "Pendulous Skin" for their final song, which they dedicated to the late keyboardist Ikey Owens, who contributed keys to that track.
Mastodon have been involved in some controversy lately after they released a video for the Once More Round the Sun track "The Motherload," which featured near-"Anaconda" levels of twerking. Some media outlets such as The Guardian accused the video of sexism and/or racism for its depiction of female butts. Mastodon's drummer defended it to Pitchfork though, saying "it's not meant to be taken so seriously, and one of the dancers in the video came to their public defense too, saying "Ask us if it was racist or sexist. We were the ones right there experiencing it. I'll tell you from my view: no."
Not ones to be cowed by such accusations (remember, this is the band who sells bikinis and shorts emblazoned with "Asstodon"), Mastodon responded to "Twerkgate" by launching a twerking contest to win tickets for some of their upcoming shows (the contest appears to be taken down) and released a special twerk-themed halloween t-shirt.
Controversy or no, the tour will continue this month and next, and New Yorkers will have another couple of chances to catch the bands when they hit The Paramount in Huntington, NY on Halloween (tickets) and the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on November 1 (tickets). We're also giving away a pair of tickets to the NJ show. Details on how to enter to win, below.
More pictures from the Austin show (including one of the setlist), all upcoming tour dates, the video that inspired Twerkgate, and contest details, below...
Mastodon/Gojira/Kvelertak -- 2014 Tour Dates
Tuesday, October 21 --- Dallas, TX Southside Music Hall
Wednesday, October 22 --- Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
Friday, October 24 --- Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit
Tuesday, October 28 --- Portland, ME State Theater
Wednesday, October 29 --- Montreal, QC Metropolis
Thursday, October 30 --- Providence, RI Lupo's
Friday, October 31 --- Huntington, NY Paramount Theater
Saturday, November 1 --- Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Sunday, November 2 --- Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater
Tuesday, November 4 --- Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live
Wednesday, November 5 --- Knoxville, TN The International
Thursday, November 6 --- Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
Friday, November 7 --- Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
For a chance at winning tickets to Mastodon at Starland Ballroom: either tweet something that includes both @BrooklynVegan AND "MASTODON AT STARLAND BALLROOM" in the tweet, or send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line "MASTODON". Include your first and last name in the email. We'll pick a winner at random and contact them with more details. If you enter by email, it will not be shared with anyone else. Good luck!