Monte Pittman

The Hi Hat & Metal Assault Present

Monte Pittman

Furiosa, Alien Satan, Thunder Gut

Sat · October 21, 2017

8:00 pm

$10.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Monte Pittman
Monte Pittman
'Inverted Grasp Of Balance' - available September 23rd, 2016 worldwide Bio by: Dan Slessor There are great guitarists, great vocalists and great songwriters, but Monte Pittman is one of the elite few who can truly lay claim to all three titles. With his fourth full-length, Inverted Grasp Of Balance, he has once again raised the stakes, delivering a riveting collection of full force metal that showcases his continuing evolution, undoubtedly expanding his devout - and ravenous - fan base. "I knew exactly the album I wanted to make," he states. "I wanted to make the heaviest and craziest music I ever have. I really feel that it's an album that will grab you and demand your attention." The results speak for themselves, and from the explosive thrash of opener "Panic Attack" through to the epic strains of closing track "New Blood Keeps Us Alive", the quality doesn't dip once, making this one of the most essential metal releases of 2016. To assert that Pittman has had a storied career is something of an understatement. His resumé includes an ongoing and fruitful collaboration with multi-platinum selling artist Madonna, having recorded and toured with her extensively over a period of more than fifteen years. Then there's his first band, Myra Mains, his stint in the metallic behemoth that is Prong, and collaborations with a broad spectrum of international artists. If his time with Prong did not fully communicate just how much metal flowed through his veins, with 2014's Flemming Rasmussen-produced The Power Of Three - his first release with Metal Blade Records - he compellingly blended killer riffs, blistering leads and gigantic hooks to deliver an album that was equal parts anthemic grandeur and in-your-face attitude, making metalheads around the world sit up and take note.
Furiosa is the musical brainchild of Los Angeles native, Jonah Nimoy. He started playing drums at the age of 8, although The Beatles, Neil Young, R.E.M, and LA's own X were the soundtrack to his upbringing, Jonah was enamored by heavier, more extreme sounds. He completely fell in love with the musical intensity of drummer Nick Menza from Megadeth. Jonah cites Megadeth's "Rust in Peace" as possibly the sole reason he originally wanted to play the drums. Although, in his formative years, he was completely self-taught. There finally came a time when Jonah had the good fortune to study under such heavy hitters as Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr and ELO), and Dave Elitch (Mars Volta and M83), ultimately gaining an appreciation and understanding of what it takes to be a top-notch drummer and a working musician. Being raised in an offbeat, artistic, Hollywood family, Jonah has always had a fascination with artistic expression thru a spectrum of both traditional, and unorthodox styles. This album touches upon these fascinations, exploring social constructs, self-reflection, disconnection, and pure whacky, fuck-you fun! After High School, Jonah attended The Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA), an intense and highly focused music program, only for the very serious of musicians. While attending LAMA, Jonah tried his hand at singing and started taking vocal lessons on the side. Soon after, he began writing songs, the drummer inside was not resisting this natural progression of becoming a songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist. Without any hesitation, Jonah jumped into a studio with these first initial songs and recorded his very first EP, "Join Us" in 2012. Since that first solo effort in 2012, Jonah kept grinding at the craft, progressing as a songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist. Three years later in 2015, he felt he had something a bit more substantive and inspiring to say. He started writing and playing out a new batch of songs from this new mature perspective, those songs have become Furiosa. With Furiosa, visually we see esoteric line drawings, musically we are treated to romantic vocals and aggressive melodic grit, an effortless synthesis. Furiosa turns chaos into clarity. In the studio, it's Jonah and his wired mind, singing and playing every instrument he can get his hands on. On stage, Jonah takes the role of lead vocals and guitar, as a rotating gang of heroes and weirdos celebrate the madness around him. Not many millennials will cite Cliff Burton and Hunter S. Thompson as dream band members, but Jonah seems to have an appreciation of the strange and awesome that is beyond his years. Recording over a dozen of these songs in early 2017 with Los Angeles based producer and songwriter, Kemble Walters (Aeges, Bob Marlette, Juliette & The Licks). Ten of the songs made the final cut, and have become the album, LOOK, DON'T LISTEN, including the first single, "Lovers & Haters", as well as a very brave cover of David Bowie's "Starman", which was used in the movie, ‘For the Love of Spock' a documentary about Jonah's super cool gramps, who played a logical alien on 60's American TV. This newly recorded batch of songs caught the attention of musician, producer and upstart indie visionary, David Hakopyan (Toys.of.the.Masses). Hakopyan's former bandmate, Artin Karamian (The Apex Theory/ Dreamworks), a very respected guitar player in prog rock circles and now the proprietor of a hip cafe in Toluca Lake, had employed Jonah. During his employment, Nimoy wouldn't stop talking about his album, and soon Karamian took an interest and listened to his material. Upon listening he realized that Jonah was talented and passed on the music to Hakopyan, who after listening to it felt like a 15-year-old again, rocking out to his favorite band, it was love at first riff! Hakopyan is excited to be releasing Jonah's music, as well as managing FURIOSA on Toys.of.the.Masses.
Alien Satan
featuring Eli Santana of Holy Grail/Huntress
Thunder Gut
Thunder Gut is a band formed by three friends who grew up together and have always played music together. Currently in the process of drinking and writing an album. Rock out with your gut out and have a beer.
Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042