SINA : volume - lungs
KEVN HARDICUS : lowtones
KEVIN SWARTZ : battery
A long road has twisted BOTTOM into its most-current, carnivorous form and the reincarnation is more amazing and dynamic than ever. Spawned from the fiery depths of New York City's Lower East Side, BOTTOM is headquartered in San Francisco. BOTTOM is a heavy, heavy metal band.
Lead by guitarzan, Sina is a volume-addicted songwriter, mosh-head with guitar work likened to Greg Ginn and vocals to Staley and Plant. Moving to NYC to pursue art in 1992 as a studio assistant for MaryBeth Edelson, the Chicago native played in the NYC Lower East Side bands Wanna, Racer17 and Speed-doe while also working as Studio Manager for The Rolling Stones Mobile (Loho Studios). Sina is also guest vocalist on random project such as MojoJelly and Toilet Boys. Playing violin since age two with the Suzuki method, Gibson Les Pauls are Sina's current weapons of choice. Her recent projects have include dvocals for deathmetal band Angrböda as well as founding member of the all-female Led Zeppelin tribute, Zepparella though she has forged on to continue creating original music of BOTTOM.
BOTTOM's rhythm section consists of bassist, Kevn Hardicus and drummer, Kevin Swartz. Yes, a band with two Kevins! (aka Kevn & Kevin). Sina met bassist Kevn Hardicus playing in the Bay Area deathmetal band Angrböda in 2005. Kevn is a San Francisco native with local projects including the 90's Bay Area dirge band, The Pale Horse and current covergigs Gunderella and (and Sina & Kevn's cover project) Audiopod. Not just your average bass player, Kevn's a skilled guitarist and piano player. He's worked at A&M Studios/LA, Polygram/NYC and as a music teacher/director at James Monroe High School in South Bronx, New York. Currently, his music outreach includes producing rap and metal with inner city foster kids in SF and Oakland. (Check out the links pages to hear some. It's pretty fly.) Kevn's bass playing is Influenced by Lemmy, Geddy Lee, Bootsy Collins, Mike Watt and Steve Harris among others. Drummer Kevin Swartz joined BOTTOM in 2011, most recently playing with Archer and Burning Monk. In a recent Stonerrock.com interview, Sina quotes “Swartz is an incredible addition to the BOTTOM family. He’s got a relentless double-kick, sticks of thunder and a natural sense of hard groove. While we know Swartz originally hails from Oregon and he’s been a drum student under Mike Vanderhule (Y&T, Montrose, SoulMotor) and Jimmy DeGrasso (Megadeth, Ozzy, Suicidal Tendencies), we’ve been wondering 'where the hell he’s been?' It seems like we’ve been awaiting his arrival forever. I’m truly pleased in the direction our riffs can go.” Currently the mighty BOTTOM trio is booking shows in 2012, and already writing riffs for the next thrashin’ album.
Other good news: BOTTOM is back in the studio mixing our next Long Player. Originally planned for a 2009 release, this record will finally drop in 2012 and is co-produced by Sina and legendary engine-ear Billy Anderson (Mr. Bungle, Neurosis, Sleep, Melvins). "This long awaited release is a nod to our stonerrock roots, but takes it further, harder, darker. The riffs are massive. It has large beautiful parts and thrashes all at the same time! I can't wait till it's out!” says Sina. This album is yet again the masterful studio creation of BOTTOM and Billy Anderson, even crediting Billy as the fifth Beatle.
More recently BOTTOM recorded a live recording that is just getting mixed and will be out by early fall 2012. The six song EP will feature a couple new songs as well as ome classic re-vitalized by the new lineup. Looking forward to it's release.
Finally in the world of BOTTOM, look out for Sina and Kevn's aound art and film compositions in places such as SF Moma Artist Galleries and the feature film MouseWard. SFMoma SIN & REDEMPTION exhibit runs from July 14 to August 23, 2012. MouseWard Cinema & Mixed Media Opening is Saturday, July 28 at Arena 1 Gallery in Santa Monica, CA.
BOTTOM's debut, Made in Voyage, was recorded in NYC, produced by Greg Gordon (engineer for Slayer, Helmet, and Public Enemy) and released in 1999 on the band's label Mudflap Records. After launching their first European invasion in 2002, BOTTOM returned stateside preparing for their next release. BOTTOM's second LP, Feels So Good When You're Gone, was also co-produced by Billy Anderson. Originally release in 2001 on artist Frank Kozik's label, Mans Ruin Records, the later re-issued by Lee Dorian's (Cathedral) UK label Rise Above Records. Spinning a sinister tale in a glamorous apocalypse, Feels so Good When You're Gone is thick with monster riffs, killer hooks and simultaneously makes your ears bleed while your doomed heart leaps with joy.
You'rNext is BOTTOM's third offering. This experimental album, released by Small Stone Records in 2005 features Sina's signature voluminous feedback passages as well as the unexpected violin, trumpet and flute embedded in rock tracks. You'rNext is a dark folktale that twists and turns like an old saw wiseacre then digs into your head like a ritual from the Book of the Dead. Delivered with all the subtlety of the Grim Reaper, You'rNext tells a gypsy lie using minor chords, soul piercing howls and guitar tones that circle like ravenous buzzards.
Other BOTTOM songs appeared on various compilations including High Times Magazines 'High Volume' (Clutch, Corrosion Of Conformity, Nebula, High On Fire) and Live at Continental "Best of NYC" Volume 2 (The Ramones, D-Generation, H2O, Murphy's Law ). BOTTOM has also had music credits onX-games and a few MTV's reality TV shows.
BOTTOM's explosive live show has devoured venues from Vancouver to Croatia, sharing stages with hundreds of rock-outfits including: AFI, AlabamaThunderPussy, AlienAntFarm, AcidKing, Action Daddy (ex-Crash Worship), Backyard Babies, BellRays, Black Halos, Blessing the Hogs, Buzzov*n, Buckcherry, Cannibal Corps, Candy Snatchers, Crisis, Cosmic Psychos, Cutthroats-9 (ex-unsane), Electric Wizard, The Fall, Everlast, Drivin'n'Cryin', H2O, Hank Williams Jr. III, Heroine Sheiks, High On Fire, HonkyToast, Hirax, Jucifer, Joey Ramone and the Independents, Leadfoot, Lenny Kaye, Los Natas, Las Cruces, Ludicra, Lunachicks, Nashville Pussy, Nile, Mastodon, Mike Watt, Misfits, MonsterMagnet, Murphy's Law, Nebula, Pansy Divison, PigmyLoveCircus (w/ Danny Carey), PORN, Raging Slab, Rancid, Rollins Band, Speedealer, Spirit Caravan, Suicide Kings, Step Kings, 60 Watt Shaman, 311, Toilet Boys, Trouble, and WisdomTooth The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Unida, YOB and more.
BOTTOM proudly smashes, blows up, breaks, and explodes: Gibson, D'Addario, Ampeg and DW.
Bolt down your prized possessions, double test the fire detector--- the BOTTOM is rising and coming to a town near you!