Something From the Planet Hell burns up Doc’s.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
When the Fresno trio Something From the Planet Hell recently played the Lava Lounge, it often was hard to tell what was going on. Throughout songs like “Shagzilla,” James Miller would hold one string of his guitar to his fret board and a synth sound would fill the small room. On other numbers, including “The Ghost of Rick James,” Miller would yell into a microphone, and his highly processed, disembodied voice would hover over the pounding music like a ghost.
During the band’s well-received set, Something From the Planet Hell rung their music through Miller’s computer and a barrage of pedals, creating music that was sometimes difficult to trace to an instrument onstage.
Beneath the effects, the trio of played their mostly instrumental songs with the dexterity of an accomplished stadium rock band. Case in point was the band’s “Straight From the Devil Himself,” where bassist Marino Mongelli’s fingers tapped his instrument’s fret board as fast as a speed typer beneath Miller’s sledgehammer riffs.
Though the trio formed in 2001, the group went on hiatus for a few years as Mongelli and Miller played in the Oakland band Lickasto. But a couple years ago Lickasto called it quits, and Something From the Planet Hell reformed. Now, Mongelli, Miller and drummer Sal Delafuentes can put all their energies into the band. “This is where our hearts are really at,” Mongelli says.
SOMETHING FROM THE PLANET HELL play 8pm Saturday, Jan. 26, at Doc Rickett’s Lab, 180 E. Franklin St., Monterey. No cover. 649-4241.