photo by Chrissy Bocan
The HIGH Lights
…Fifth album Weedsconsin is the first full-length release in 16 years and picks up right where Amerijuanican left off. The guitars chug along at a leisurely, yet bouncy rhythm, and Muleboy’s vocals have lost none of their ferocity. It’s like listening to an angry lion having its tail stepped on, but it’s been slowed down to half the speed. It’s pretty formulaic and predictable in terms of sound and songwriting, however what this opus lacks in originality it makes up for with an enthusiasm that feels almost ironic for a band more than a little fond of getting baked. Recorded by the late John Hopkins, a man responsible for capturing some of the genre’s heaviest bands Weedsconsin is dedicated to his memory. A fitting tribute, considering how crisp this record sounds – a rarity in a genre where reverb is usually favoured above all else. ”
– Angela Davey, KERRANG!
This album sees more of the Madison-based trio slowly moving from noisy, venomous jams to thick, smoky grooves – often during the same song. You can almost see the smoke rising from a bong the size of the Eiffel Tower as Muleboy and his bandmates Magma and Spanky churn out the interdimensional trip that is “Space Rock.”
- Gonzo, Nocleansinging.com
“Sundae Driver” stays true to the band's usual heavy and hypnotic cocktail, leading with a steadily menacing bassline that's crept up on by Makela's harsh vocals. The single, relative to some of the band's other discography, is slow and steady- with a focused, slightly cleaner sound.
- Caroline Fisher, mxdwn.com
The true masters and inventors of the “stoner” genre are back!!!! Thank Lucifer for that shit... BONGZILLA RULES Favorite track: Cosmic Distillate, Nectar Collector.
Sanctus Satanas, BandCamp.com
From: Madison, Wisconsin USA
Bongzilla formed sometime in 1995 in Wisconsin, quickly composing a host of songs inspired by their marijuana.
Bongzilla announced signing to the Italian label – Heavy Psych Sounds on Janurary 21st of 2021. Bongzilla is preparing for the release of their new full length album Weedsconsin, as well as a limited 7 Inch from Wake Brewing, followed by the Bongzilla / Tons Split for the HPS series – Doom Sessions, as well as the 7 inch split with Boris on Gungeon Records.