Lords of Altamont

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The Lords of Altamont
Lords of Altamont Jake Cavaliere 11 Dec 2015.jpg
Singer Jake Cavaliere performing in December 2015
Background information
Origin Los Angeles
Genres Garage rock, psychedelic rock
Years active 2000–Present
Labels Gearhead
Sympathy for the Record Industry
Fargo Records
Associated acts MC5
The Fuzztones
The Bomboras
The Sonics
The Rolling Stones
The Cramps
The Who
Website www.lordsofaltamont.com
Members Jake "The Preacher" Cavaliere - Vox/Organ
Dani "Dani Sin"" Sindaco - Guitar
Theo Brower - Bass
Steven "Knuckles" Van Der Werff - Drums
Past members John "Big Drag" Saletra
Shawn "Sonic" Medina -
Harry " Full Tilt" Drumdini
Johnny "Stiggs" Devilla
Spencer "Dirty" Robinson
Kevin "The Phantom" Starr
Michael Davis (MC5)
Notable instruments

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 and 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 current lineup consists of Jake "The Preacher" Cavaliere, lead vocalist and Farfisa organ, Dani Sin, guitar, Theo, bass guitar, and Steven 'Knuckles' Van der Werff on drums.

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. Max Eidson, Doran Shelley, and Gabriel Hammond rounded out the original lineup known as "The First Five". Their first show was at the legendary venue The Garage in Hollywood. 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 and counting Michael Davis of the MC5 as a past member.

2014 will see The Lords touring France, Spain, Germany and Italy as well as being featured at the Ink and Iron Festival in Long Beach, California, on June 7 in support of their newest album The Lords Take Altamont on Gearhead Records.[1]


Soundsxp stated: "There’s not a touch of subtlety or originality but for a rabble-rousing 35 minutes, or as the soundtrack to The Wild One, this can’t be beat."[2] The band has been featured on numerous compilation CDs, most notably with the lead track on MOJO’s Hendrix tribute, snake-charming listeners with a Lords-style version of Can You See Me. They have toured extensively, including a performance as part of the 2006 SXSW festival.[1]


"Save Me (From Myself)". The video was filmed/edited/directed by filmmaker Dustin Lane and features a psychedelic light show performed "live" by photographer by Sherry Lee & Blues Williams. "Soul for Sale" was also filmed/edited/directed by Dustin Lane for Films Disappear Here.


Albums (available on CD & LP)
  • To Hell With The Lords (2003) Sympathy for the Record Industry
  • Lords Have Mercy (2005) Gearhead/Fargo
  • The Altamont Sin (2008) Phantom Sound & Vision
  • Midnight To 666 (2011) Fargo Records
  • The Lords Take Altamont (2014) Gearhead/Fargo
Singles and EPs
  • "The Split" b/w "She Cried" (2005) (Fargo Records), 7" Single
  • "Getting High (On My Mystery Plane)" b/w "(Please) Get Back in the Car" & "Faded Black" (2009), 7" Single/EP
  • "Burn Me Out" b/w "Black Eyed Girl" (2011), released on the bands personal "vinyl only" label "Hard Ride Records", 7" Single


  1. ^ a b "SXSW 2006: Lords of Altamont". south by southwest, inc. 2006. Retrieved February 14, 2008. 
  2. ^ Ged M (December 2005). ": Lords Have Mercy (review)". soundsxp. Retrieved February 14, 2008. 

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