Friday night, out-of-this-world one-man-band Spacehooker celebrates the release of its first CD.
Spacehooker is the new funk/metal/industrial project from local musician Marino Mongelli, whose past projects have included Mind Bender, Lica Sto and Something from the Planet Hell. The show is at 9 p.m. at Starline, 831 E. Fern Ave, and has a $6 cover.
"Deth Funk" is both the name of the six-track CD and the way Mongelli describes his musical formula. We talked to the Spacehooker himself to learn more:
Who -- or I guess, what -- is Spacehooker? Spacehooker is a progressive, unnatural, hell-charged, astro funky, one-man mind trip, you can dance to one minute, and rock the hell out to the next.
Describe the Spacehooker sound. Spacehooker's sound is a concoction of different genres that I have always loved: funk, metal, rock, industrial, techno, etc. I threw it all in a mixing bowl and came up with this unholy musical formula I call "Deth-Funk."
Everything is done by you, right? What are the challenges of that? Yes, it's just me live, playing bass, singing, or as I call it, yelling in tune, sampling, hittin' triggers and kickin' switches. Shoot, this ain't no challenge, it's an adventure!
How is this project different from stuff you've done in the past? Different? I've never sung and played the bass before, so this is very different for me. Playing a whole 45-minute to one-hour set, and rockin' a crowd by myself, yeah, it's different.
I started Spacehooker because I knew it would push my musical boundaries toward something different. This works well for me.
What's the scoop on the new CD, "Deth-Funk." What went into making it? The CD was just going be a one or two song thing and quickly turned into more. Thanks to James "Hipp" Johnson over at Shagg Lab Studios, it's a CD that is definitely titillating to the earhole!
What should people expect from tonight's show? Full-on apocalyptic astro funk that will knock your socks off. Lace up them boots y'all, I'm coming through.
Also performing tonight from Monterey, Granted Earth and Fresno's own Death Alley Motor Cult.
Anything else coming up in the Spacehooker world that people should look for out? I already have enough new material and ideas for the next album, "Rick Rubin." I'm ready!
For music and more: Go to myspace.com/spacehooker1.
Know a local musician that more people should be familiar with? Send the who and why to Mike Osegueda, email@example.com.