There's not enough room in cyberspace for me to convey the musical landscape that I've seen and heard Tony Reed emote from his being. I've had the pleasure of becoming good friends with him over the past decade and can say that he lives and breathes music and it shows in his writing. It has been stated by numerous people that the Pacific Northwest Music scene would not be what it is without his roll in it. And that is fact. As the mighty Tad Doyle said " There is a musical institution that is right before you. Right here in the Pacific N/W... Tony Reed is one talented man". And the Mos Generator is where he lets his talents shine.
Mr. Reed is a walking encyclopedia of classic rock and an all things "musically cool" book of knowledge, From playing in the Treepeople in the 90's to recording acts like St.Vitus and writing both Stone Axe albums.
So its no great surprise to me that the new Mos album "Abyssinia" is probably his biggest step into a different direction thus far while pulling from many of his muses and in his own words a "transitional" album. I have listened to this album over and over and each time I find more things to love, just yesterday my family and I drove out to Lake Crescent for a hike when 'time and other thieves' came on, and towards the end of the song it got pretty trippy, which was perfect for the setting. There's plenty of heavy riffs and classic Mos hooks as in 'Wicked Willow' and 'Red Canyons' but there's also some beautiful moments of calm as in "as above so below" and "Outlander" which has a nice Pink Floyd feel.
A little over a year ago there was a heavy and emotional change in Mos, which I know did not come easy....the original lineup for 14 plus years consisted of- Scooter Haslip and Shawn Johnson holding up the stellar rhythm section with Mr. Reed as chief songwriter, but due to conflicts with touring or the lack of, they parted ways and the new incantation was born with Sean Booth (Infinite Flux) on Bass and Jono Garrett hitting the skins, (Did I mention Tony is one of the best drummers I've heard and a multi-instrumentalist, so to be sharing stages and albums with him you have to know your shit!) That being said, Mos Generator have been touring super hard just wrapping up a U.S tour with Year of the Cobra and a headlining slot at the Maryland Doom Fest, this fall they jump the pond for a headlining European Tour with a stop at Heavy Psych Sounds Fest and back to the states for Erosion Festival in Montana this October.
1)Strangest Times (Jono-Drums)
2)You've Got A Right
5)Wicked Willow (Jono-Drums)
6)As Above So Below
7)Red Canyons (Jono-Drums)
8)There's No Return From Nowhere
9)Time & Other Thieves (Shawn Johnson-Drums)
10)Outlander (Shawn Johnson-Drums)
Mos Generator Standout albums in my humble opinion-
Late Great Planet Earth-
Electric Mountain Majesty
Do yourself a favor, if you haven't listened to them, do it! Then buy