During the early '90s Nick Oliveri was a member of the highly influential stoner-rock legends Kyuss, and then in the late '90s reunited with former Kyuss bandmate Josh Homme to form Queens of the Stone Age. During his tenure with Queens of the Stone Age, Oliveri would soar to heights of mainstream success performing high profile shows with Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Rock In Rio festival (where Oliveri was arrested for performing naked on stage), landing at 17 on the Billboard Top 200 and producing the Billboard 1 Rock Track, “No One Knows.” Oliveri’s success with Queens always seemed to be a love/hate relationship not only with his band but also with the success it garnered. Since his departure from Queens of the Stone Age, Nick has both toured and appeared on-stage with Brant Bjork, Motörhead, Winnebago Deal, Masters of Reality, The Dwarves, Mark Lanegan and Turbonegro.
Oliveri has now returned with Mondo Generator and their Suburban Noize Records debut, Dead Planet. Due for release July 17, 2007, the album rages unbridled, raw punk-rock intensity on “All Systems Go”, flows into the somber soul bearing acoustics of “Take Me Away” and blisters to a epic proportions with the stop-start riffage of the album’s lead single “Lie Detector.”
Mondo Generator was originally formed by Oliveri in 1997. Initially intended as a side-project, the classic Cocaine Rodeo album was recorded that same year, but shelved until the Southern Lord label released it and its unique brand of criminal insanity to widespread acclaim in 2000. The group returned with A Drug Problem That Never Existed in 2003 on former Faith No More front man Mike Patton’s Ipeac Records and quickly earned significant critical acclaim from the likes of Spin, Kerrang, Stuff and Rock Sound.
"Mondo Generator is not a side-project anymore,” Oliveri says bluntly. “I used to do Mondo every now and then on spare time and now it's my first choice. All other bands I play in have become my side-project, so in other words my mistress has now become my wife.”
Recorded by producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver, System Of A Down) at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606, Dead Planet picks up exactly where the group left off; creating thunderous, raw rock ‘n’ roll. Dead Planet is fearless and takes listeners on a sonic journey that steamrolls through musical boundaries.
"I had worked with Nick during the recording of Queens of the Stone Age's 'Songs for the Deaf' album and consider him like a brother so it was very comfortable working with him,” says Raskulinecz. “Dave Grohl's studio is the Foo Fighters clubhouse. It's not open to the public, you need to be invited. It's got pro gear and cool people that know what they are doing. Every man needs a garage they can retreat to, only Dave's is better than yours and mine."
Nick Oliveri and the Mondo Generator have been confirmed for this year’s Ozzfest tour, which will ensure that Oliveri continues to spread his infectious musical insanity to the masses.
"Dead Planet is a heavy rock record, but it also has mellow parts, love, hate; the moods change from song to song,” Oliveri says in closing. “It's a rock n' roll record played by a rock n' roll band."