Currently comprised of John Gamino (keyboards and vocals), Nolan Girard (guitar and synths), Jake Sheley (guitar), Ventura Garcia (drums) and Andrew O’Neil (bass), the Bay Area-based quintet Mondo Drag have developed a reputation for being the at the forefront of a retro krautrock inspired, heavy psychedelic/prog-rock/proto-metal scene. 

Claiming influences such as Blue Cheer, Black Sabbath, Can, Atomic Rooster, Hawkwind, Budgie, Uriah Heep, early Deep Purple, Italian prog and Krautrock the Bay Area-based quintet have a national profile after headlining several tours, playing a number of the major psych rock festivals and opening for contemporary acts such as Sleepy Sun, Dead Meadow, Witchcraft, Pentagram, Black Mountain, Wooden Shjips, and Naam. 

“The Dawn,” the latest single off the band’s forthcoming S/T album, slated for a May 12 release through RidingEasy Records is a song that kicks ass and sounds as though it were released in 1968, thanks to its tight, persistent groove based around bluesy and swampy dirge chords and sudden tempo changes of early prog rock. it’s heavy as hell but at its core it has a trippy drug-induced haze.