Dave Wyndorf, 2009.
October 28, 1956 |
Red Bank, New Jersey
|Genres||Hardcore punk, stoner rock, heavy metal, hard rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, theremin, mellotron, organ|
|Labels||Elektra, Glitterhouse, Caroline, A&M, SPV|
David "Dave" Albert Wyndorf (October 28, 1956) is the songwriter, lead vocalist, and a guitarist for the American rock group Monster Magnet. He is the frontman and only remaining original member of the band.
Short-lived commercial success
In the early 1980s he fronted a band called Shrapnel, who recorded at least 1 album. The sound was new wave and rather typical of modern rock at the time.
During most part of the 1990s, Wyndorf and his band struggled for commercial success which they couldn't obtain because of their highly unfashionable retro-rock style. This changed in 1998, when Wyndorf took a 21 day trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, from which he drew inspiration to write the songs for Powertrip, which would be Monster Magnet's breakthrough album. His life following the release of Powertrip was his inspiration for God Says No.
Wyndorf travelled to Los Angeles, California to work for the soundtrack of the movie Torque, which was entirely composed by him. During his stay in LA, he found inspiration for Monolithic Baby!, Monster Magnet's 2004 album.
Drug overdose and recovery
The battle with one’s inner demons is the most personal fight any of us can undertake. The fight is at times a lonely, confusing journey. On the evening of February 27, Dave Wyndorf suffered a setback in his own fight and was hospitalized due to a drug overdose. His full recovery is expected. We ask that all those he has encountered over the years or simply affected by his music to take a moment to think good thoughts of and for him and his family. With the grace of God and those who love him we are all confident that Dave will rebound from this setback and continue to play and make great rock and roll.
More than a year later, in September 2007, Wyndorf spoke to UK-based music journalist Dave Ling about his overdose. He stated that the problems began when he suffered with insomnia while touring. Instead of asking for help from psychologists, he made doctors give him anxiolytics which he began to use regularly. He says his medical help just made his mental problems go away for a little while, after which they'd come back strengthened. Feeling very weak one day, he consumed a full bottle of sleeping pills, causing the overdose.
After his overdose, Wyndorf began working on Monster Magnet's next album, 4-Way Diablo, which was released in November 2007. On some songs on the album he endeavoured to share his recent difficulties with the listener, while other tracks exhibit a more optimistic side to reflect his improving health.
He currently has plans to enter the studio to record an as yet undisclosed album project. Wyndorf has previously revealed that he finds extensive touring increasingly less enjoyable. However, more recently, he has expressed interest in touring again - but only after having released a new album.
In June 2008 Monster Magnet performed at several European festivals, playing six shows in total, and returned to Europe at the end of 2008 to play 35 more dates, with Phil Caivano having returned to the band. No songs from the new album were played.
Monster Magnet played several shows in Australia at the end of 2009. After having worked in the studio the following year for their upcoming album entitled Mastermind, which was released in October 2010,[when?] the band embarked on a lengthy European tour to promote their eighth studio album. Throughout March 2011 Monster Magnet played Australia once more, playing 35 minute sets at the National Soundwave festival.
Monster Magnet toured again in 2011-2012, performing their albums Dopes To Infinity and Spine Of God in their entirety.
Opinion about drugs
Having spent most of his career writing about drugs, Wyndorf now upholds that drugs are not an inspiration for music nor a gateway into creativity. In a 1995 interview Wyndorf stated that legalizing mushrooms in America might be a bad idea stating "Americans have been so suppressed for so long that given that kind of freedom they would tend to abuse it".
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