Bassist Mike Watt’s name has been synonymous with underground music for more than 30 years. Watt’s rise to fame began with Minutemen. Minutemen embraced the minimalism of the early ‘80s punk scene and added depth with the infusion of variety of musical genres. Watt followed Minutemen with fIREHOSE, who were heavily revered in the early days of the alt. rock movement.

Now, Watt is performing with Il Sogno Del Marinaio, which is being called his “first sustained collective” since fIREHOSE.


Photo / | Mike Watt


The band’s music is an audio overload of eclectic sounds. Peppered with audio samples, Il Sogno Del Marinaio’s music can be drenched in chaos one minute and then even out into a mellow fusion jazz.

The Azalea City is already quite familiar with Steelism. With a pedal steel serving as the foundation for their sound, Steelism’s music tends to stray from the old school country sounds that made the instrument famous. This group focuses more on ‘60s-style rock that makes their audience think they are in a Quentin Tarantino movie.

RGTomb will complete the bill. Front man and bassist Roman Gabriel Todd has become a legend in the local underground scene with bands such as Supreme Dispassion and Roman Gabriel Todd’s Beast Rising Out of the Sea. However, his formula has not changed. Minimal instrumentation accent intense underground anthems that usually focus on blasphemous subject matter.

Il Sogno Del Marinaio, Steelism and RGTomb
Date: Saturday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.
Venue: Alchemy Tavern, 7 S. Joachim St., 441-7741
Tickets: $12 at the door and through Ticket Biscuit