Monster Magnet is revisiting their early psychedelic material with the brand new Test Patterns: Vol. 1 compilation later this year. Test Patterns: Vol. 1 features a 2021 remix of the classic EP Tab and the 1988 demo of the title track originally released on the Forget About Life, I'm High On Dope demo.
"When Magnet started, [guitarist John McBain] and I worked in record stores in Red Bank and [frontman Dave Wyndorf] worked in the comic bookstore and we made a lot of tapes for each other," said original Monster Magnet drummer Tim Cronin.
"A lot of 'check this shit out' kind of stuff… Hawkwind, early UFO, Amon Düül, Can, Skullflower, Morgen, Loop, Crystallized Movements, early Alice Cooper, Walking Seeds, Butthole Surfers, Spacemen 3. When we recorded the first demo and got to 'Tab,' we just beat the shit out of it until it became heavy, noisy, weird, mean and either too long or not long enough, depending on your mood. Everything we wanted in a song (at least everything I wanted in a song), punishingly psychedelic. Jersey Shore krautrock."
Test Patterns: Vol. 1 is out November 11.