PICS: Monster Magnet at Brick by Brick

Monster Magnet, those galactic hard-rock 'space lords,' power-charged Brick by Brick recently.

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Hailing from Red Bank, New Jersey, the group was founded by Dave Wyndorf (vocals and guitar, pictured foreground), John McBain and Tim Cronin in 1989.
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The band's current lineup features Wyndorf, guitarist Phil Caivano (pictured), drummer Bob Pantella, lead guitarist Garrett Sweeny and bassist Chris Kosnik.
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Fun fact: The band first went by the names "Dog of Mystery," "Airport 75," "Triple Bad Acid" and "King Fuzz" before finally settling on "Monster Magnet," taken from the name of a 1960s toy made by Wham-O, which Wyndorf liked when he was a child.
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Monster Magnet's style is heavily influenced by 1970s space rock such as Hawkwind, and proto-metal bands such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Blue Oyster Cult, Captain Beyond and Sir Lord Baltimore.
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The group released its first full-length studio album, "Spine of God," in 1991. That was followed by 1993's "Superjudge" and '95's "Dopes to Infinity." (Drummer Pantella pictured)
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In 1998, the album "Powertrip" solidified them in the hard-rock scene, gaining the band massive commercial success. (Wyndorf pictured)
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The album went gold on the strength of a series of hit singles including "Space Lord," "Powertrip," "Temple of Your Dreams" and "See You in Hell." It'd also chart at No. 97 on the Billboard 200. (Bassist Kosnik pictured)
Monster Magnet released its studio follow-up, "God Says No," in 2000, which charted at No. 153 on the Billboard 200. The next 18 years would see the group release six more studio albums -- with their latest, "Mindf---er," dropping earlier this year.
Fun fact: In his half-hour special on Comedy Central, comedian Mitch Hedberg mentioned Monster Magnet in one of his jokes -- citing a time when he attended one of their shows and, comedically, accidentally cheered at the wrong time during the show. (Caivano pictured)
The group's music has been featured in a myriad of video games (PS3's "Motor Storm," EA Sport's "Road Rash" and Activision's "American Chopper"), commercials and promotional uses. Their song "Live for the Moment," for example, was the theme song of WWE wrestler Matt Hardy. (Guitarist Sweeny pictured right)
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They've also had music featured in film, such as "The Matrix," "The Girl Next Door," "Beowulf," "Tab," "Boys," "Bride of chucky," "Urban Legend," "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," "The Crow: Salvation," "Heavy Metal 2000," "Varsity Blues" and others. (Wyndorf pictured)
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What an excellent show (our ears are still ringing!) -- come back soon, guys!
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