When you read the words Doomgaze-Doompop, what do you hear? I hear the always impressive sounds of Megaton Leviathan, a band that we’ve been fans of since the very early days of CVLT Nation. Now, in our 13th year, this awesome band is releasing a 3LP set entitled Guns And LSD, The Complete Demos 2007-2013 via Volatile Rock Recordings, which includes the band’s 2011 and 2010 tapes Repeating Patterns of Love and Water Wealth Hell On Earth — pre-order it here. Megaton Leviathan‘s lead single “Repeating Patterns Of Love” is a dreamy, doomy shoegaze track that coaxes my mind into a kaleidoscope of gorgeous sonic fractals. Today we’re honored to be premiering the new video for “Repeating Patterns Of Love,” so check that out below and make sure you pick up Guns And LSD on gold vinyl here.
For this video of “Repeating Patterns of Love”, I used a video of a live show in 2010/2011 at Super Happy Fun Land in Houston TX, which Jay Bird Felton recorded on his handy cam and I incorporated the old VJ clips. The lineup in this era consisted of co-collaborator Chris Beug on bass, Jason Cesarz on drums (who is actively touring with his long standing experimental electronic project NoYouYesMe), guitarist Andrew Stromstad (who went on to play bass in Atriarch, lead guitar in Poison Idea and has his own project called IcyBox or just “Box”), Felton creating live visuals, Lisa Mutation dance and creative direction and Andrew Reuscher, yours truly, on lead guitar vision and vocals.Andrew Reuscher, Megaton Leviathan
At this time, Megaton Leviathan more or less functioned as an art collective, an inspired group of greasy mutants hell-bent on touring the United States proselytizing this new sound called DOOMGAZE to freshly gobsmacked – in a trance, peaked’ – out believers. In living rooms, basements, cramped venues, empty venues, we gave the people everything we had every time. I remember Chris, Jay & Lisa Mutation breaking into the dump with Lisa painted up for Butoh to get the video footage.
For me, it’s a sort of a time capsule. The feeling of excitement around the project and living in a place thriving with creativity, anything was possible. We shared stages with Ludicra, Thou, Sub Arachnoid Space, Fight Amp and did regional tours with WITTR and Atriarch. Some where in there we headlined Bell Witch’s first show.
Also check out the Doomgazer Pedal, a collaboration between Emmergy FX and Megaton Leviathan. It’s a layered fuzz with delay that does insane sounds on top of just being a powerhouse of a fuzz pedal.