The Atomic Bitchwax, Mirror Queen, Rattlesnake
The Atomic Bitchwax
is an American "Super Stoner Rock" band from Long Branch N.J. formed in 1993 by bassist/vocalist Chris Kosnik, guitarist Ed Mundell and drummer Keith Ackerman. Atomic Bitchwax mixes elements of 60s psychedelic rock and 70s riff rock, filtered though modern progressive rock. Their music has appeared in popular TV shows including Jackass, Home Wrecker and various Fox Sports broadcasts.The group originated as a jam band playing local bars in the New Jersey and New York area. This lineup released two full length records, the self-titled debut in 1999, and Atomic Bitchwax 2 in 2000 via Tee-Pee Records. In addition, they released the Spit Blood EP in 2002 via the Meteor City Label.
Ed was replaced in 2005 by guitarist/vocalist Finn Ryan (formerly of Core). The band focused on writing and touring for a year before entering Trax East Studios in South River, New Jersey to record their follow up, aptly titled 3. The 2005 release included two European and North American tours, along with a visit to Seattle's "Sound House" to record the 2006 EP, Boxriff. Engineered by Jack Endino, the EP included a DVD of live show filmed in Seattle's Sunset Tavern.
Current Monster Magnet drummer Bob Pantella joins the band in 2007 and Atomic Bitchwax commenced more touring. The year concluded with the recording and release of the full-length album 4 on Teepee and Meteor City. In 2011, the band released The Local Fuzz, one 42 minute track with over 50 riffs back-to-back. The band spent 2012-2015 touring Australia, New Zealand, England, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland,Spain,Portugal,Austria and North America.
The bands sixth full length "Gravitron" was released April 21, 2015 on TeePee Records NYC
Chris also joins "Monster Magnet" in 2013.
Out of the ashes of long running NYC band Kreisor emerged MIRROR QUEEN. Under the Kreisor moniker, the band put 2 US tours and 4 European expeditions behind them, including tinnitus-inducing sojourns supporting UFO and Uli Jon Roth all over the Continent.
A successful four week European tour in 2011 as part of the German based booking agency Sound of Liberation’s “Up In Smoke” tour series brought them back to Europe, winning over fans from Berlin to Torino and many points between. This was followed by their inclusion in the 2012 edition of "Brainbanger's Ball". Next up is "Cosmic Sonic Rendezvous", a package tour during July featuring Mirror Queen, The Atomic Bitchwax and Earthless. This kicks off in Erfurt, DE at the Stoned From the Underground festival.
Presently, Mirror Queen is hard at work creating the follow-up album to last year’s From Earth Below. Influenced by such 70’s legends as Hawkwind, Deep Purple, UFO, Blue Oyster Cult, Captain Beyond, the rockier sides of more recent outfits such as Motorpsycho and Swervedriver, as well as the best of the current heavy bands, they aspire towards psychedelic hard rock of the highest order.
Original members Kenny Kreisor (guitars, vocals) and Jeremy O'Brien (drums) have been joined by James Corallo (Zandelle) on bass and Phil Ortanez (La Otracina/Polygamyst) on second guitar. Together they transcend the sameness of much of today's stoner scene, blasting the audience by including songs with the volume and adding hooks to the timeless riffs.