The Atomic Bitchwax

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The Atomic Bitchwax
The Atomic Bitchwax in 2020
The Atomic Bitchwax in 2020
Background information
OriginNeptune, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresHeavy metal, hard rock, stoner rock, psychedelic rock
Years active1992–present
LabelsTee Pee, MeteorCity
Associated actsMonster Magnet, Godspeed, Solace, Core, Raging Slab, Black NASA
MembersChris Kosnik
Bob Pantella
Garrett Sweeny
Past membersEd Mundell
Keith Ackerman
Finn Ryan

The Atomic Bitchwax is an American rock band from New Jersey, formed in 1992 by bassist/singer/songwriter Chris Kosnik, guitarist Ed Mundell, and drummer Keith Ackerman.[1] They did not release their first full-length album until 1999, upon signing with Tee Pee Records. Mixing elements of 1960s psychedelic rock and 1970s riff rock filtered through modern progressive rock,[2] their music has appeared in popular TV shows including Jackass, Homewrecker, and various Fox Sports broadcasts.

The first version of the group became a local jam band playing the New Jersey and New York area. This lineup released two full-length records, a self-titled debut in 1999, and Atomic Bitchwax II in 2000. In addition, they released the Spit Blood EP in 2002 via the MeteorCity label.[1] In 2004, Mundell was unable to keep up with the planned tour schedule and replaced by guitarist/vocalist Finn Ryan (formerly of Core).[3] Since then, the band has released nine studio albums and has performed 1,500 live concerts. Their 2006 EP Boxriff was engineered by Jack Endino.[4]

Current Monster Magnet drummer Bob Pantella joined the band in 2007, and the album TAB4 was released the following year.[1] In 2011, they released the album The Local Fuzz, which consisted of one 42-minute track of 50 riffs back-to-back.[5] In the following years, the band toured throughout the world. Kosnik became a member of Monster Magnet in 2013 in addition to his duties with The Atomic Bitchwax.[1] The album Gravitron was released in 2015,[6] followed by Force Field in 2017.[7] Ryan left the band after 15 years in 2018,[3] and was replaced by Monster Magnet guitarist Garrett Sweeny who appears on the bands 2020 release Scorpio.

Personnel[edit]

Current members[edit]

The Atomic Bitchwax, 2019

Former members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "Hey Alright" on Welcome to Meteor City (1999 MeteorCity Records)
  • "Combination" on Right in the Nuts: A Tribute to Aerosmith (2000 Small Stone Records)
  • "Kiss the Sun" on Doomed (2000 This Dark Reign Records)
  • "Liquor Queen" on The Mighty Desert Rock Avengers (2002 People Like You Records)
  • "Hey Alright" on Guerrilla Jukebox Vol 1 (2003 Tee Pee Records)
  • "STD" & "The Destroyer" on ...And Back to Earth Again (2007 MeteorCity Records)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography: The Atomic Bitchwax". AllMusic. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Atomic Bitchwax". Sound of Liberation. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Finn Ryan Announces Departure from The Atomic Bitchwax". The Obelisk. December 11, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Atomic Bitchwax: 'So Come On' Video Posted Online". Blabbermouth. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  5. ^ Colgan, Chris (July 26, 2011). "The Atomic Bitchwax: The Local Fuzz". Pop Matters. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "Album Review: The Atomic Bitchwax – 'Gravitron'". New Noise. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  7. ^ "The Atomic Bithcwax to Release 'Force Field' Album In December". Blabbermouth. October 12, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2019.

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