Palm Desert’s stoner rock initiators Fatso Jetson are returning this fall with their seventh full-length ‘Idle Hands’ on Heavy Psych Sounds, which will be released on 7th October.
Following on from 2010’s ‘Archaic Volumes’, ‘Idle Hands’ is Fatso Jetson first studio album in six years. The Californian outfit features Mario Lalli alongside fellow guitarist and son Dino Von Lalli, drummer Tony Tornay, and bassist Larry Lalli. The album was recorded and mastered by the band’s live bassist Mathias Schneeberger (Masters Of Reality, Gutter Twins, Earthlings) at Rancho de la Luna.
Fatso Jetson formed in California’s Palm Desert in 1994 and are often credited as one of the fathers of the desert strain of stoner rock, made most famous by their slightly younger neighbours Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age. While musically similar to some of their stoner brethren, they incorporate a broader variety of musical influences that includes punk, blues, jazz and surf music. That is not to say that the band isn’t capable of dishing out supremely heavy riffs… certainly grounded in dense hard rock, FATSO JETSON experiment with many musical textures, angular instrumental epics, and bizarre lyrics to create a punk, blues art rock of their own.
In 1995, the group recorded their debut ‘Stinky Little Gods’ and followed that up in 1997 with ‘Power of Three’. Brant Bjork briefly joined up as second guitarist and appeared on two 7″ releases. The band then teamed up with Bongload Records, who released their third full-length ‘Toasted’ in 1998. Guitarist and old friend Gary Arce joined the band to record their fourth LP ‘Flames for All’ in 2000 for Frank Kozik’s Man’s Ruin Label. Fatso Jetson also contributed to ‘The Desert Sessions’ releases that Josh Homme organized, bringing desert musicians and other like-minded rock creatives together to collaborate. Homme’s record label Rekords Rekords released their next album ‘Cruel and Delicious’, on which the band was joined by Vince Meghrouni on sax and harp, adding a new dimension to their hard to pin sound.
Following on from their 2010 LP ‘Archaic Volumes’, Fatso Jetson ran a handful of successful European tours, including sold out performances at Roadburn Festival, Desertfest London and Berlin or Stoned From the Underground. Mario Lalli’s son Dino joined the band for a split 12″ with fellow desert dwellers Yawning Man, quickly followed by a split record with space lords Farflung on Heavy Psych Sounds. This marked the beginning of a collaboration with the Italian label, who will issue their newest album ‘Idle Hands’ in the fall of 2016.
The album can be pre-ordered from : http://www.heavypsychsounds.com/shop.htm#HPS045
Two presale tracks can be found at: https://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/fatso-jetson-idle-hands-pre-sale-2-tracks