By Mike Ryan
CALGARY – There’s a whole host of scary people at the helm of the careening car we call the world these days. Repressive and ghoulish caricatures impose religious and party-line dogma to quash human nature’s hedonistic tendencies. Violence is wrought.
They scorch the earth with war and machinery and leave it in ruin in place of profit. The news cycle keeps spinning.
It’s as a witness to the above that Meatbodies’ frontman, Chad Ubovic cleverly renders his visionary pop opus, Alice, a collection of fuzzy and powerfully gritty glam rock that’s part Roy Wood, part Bowie and most importantly, part L.A.
Ubovic and his contemporaries like Mikal Cronin and Ty Segall are fostering the current psych-inspired rock scene in Southern California with a signature sound that deftly manages to avoid typecasting.
“Metal on Molly,” Ubovic describes it.
Themes coursing throughout the album are plentiful, encircling a desire to return to our most natural selves without the bonds of religion. A pagan-like affinity for the earth and nature, the sacredness of the feminine, and the pursuit of pleasures contained in hedonism.
“On Alice, I really wanted to make a pop album but the songs came out a bit dark. Down here in the States and with everything going on politically in the world, the news cycle really inspired me to write a kind of concept album. I guess this is also kind of our political record,” Ubovic states.
Tabbed as a “band to watch”, the band didn’t let outside pressure undo any momentum following their acclaimed self-titled release in 2014, and after extensive touring, set their sights upon the latest album released earlier this year.
Side project, Fuzz, with Ty Segall and Charles Moothart, while still with beating pulse, became secondary to Meatbodies current swell in popularity. Ubovic is now throwing his whole weight behind it.
With the band in full swing touring the United States and Canada in support of the album, what can fans expect from their performance at this year’s Sled Island festival?
“We’ve been playing these songs now for almost a year and a half and know them really well. When we play them live, we stretch them out a bit. They’re monsters at this point. We have some new ones too that we might bring out,” Ubovic says.
Careening cars aside, Meatbodies plan to unleash their own monstrous creations at Sled Island, albeit the kind driven by ethics and dogma free.
Meatbodies perform on June 23 at the Royal Canadian Legion #1, June 24 in the Local 510 parking lot and June 25 at The Palomino.Local 510, Meatbodies, Royal Canadian Legion #1, The Palomino