Nick Oliveri‘s debut solo album, Leave Me Alone, is having its U.S. release moved from September to late October. The album gives powerfully captivating proof of his mastery of multiple instruments while boasting some of the most intensely visceral, hard-rocking music he’s made – no small achievement for someone who’s served time in the ranks of Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Dwarves, not to mention his own band Mondo Generator, among others. Produced by Oliveri himself, recorded by Harper Hug and Trevor Whatever, and mixed by Mathias Schneeberger Leave Me Alone will be released on Schnitzel Records October 28.
Many artists struggle to establish their musical identity; Nick Oliveri has forged his through a long career of hard work and full command over his craft and his music. Recording at Thunder Underground Studios in his longtime haunt of Palm Springs, CA, Oliveri sang and played drums, guitar and bass — all the instruments on every track save the guitar solos. The solos were provided by an array of distinguished guests including Phil Campbell from Motorhead, Mickey Melchiondo (a.k.a. Dean Ween) from Ween and Moistboyz, Stephen Haas from Moistboyz, Mike Pygmie from Mondo Generator, Marc Diamond from The Dwarves and Bruno Fevery from Kyuss Lives!/ Vista Chino; mostly once and future bandmates. There’s also a guest vocal by Blag Dahlia from The Dwarves.
Born in Los Angeles, Oliveri began his musical career in the late 80’s with Katzenjammer whose personnel would eventually gain worldwide recognition under the name Kyuss. Appearing on their Wretch and Blues for the Red Sunalbums, Oliveri left the group and joined The Dwarves. He eventually rejoined Kyuss guitarist Josh Homme forming Queens of the Stone Age. Nick would go on to front his own band Mondo Generator and collaborate onstage and in the studio with a wide variety of distinctive, oftimes extreme outfits including the Mark Lanegan Band, Masters of Reality, Turbonegro, Moistboyz, Bl’ast, and Kyuss Lives!/Vista Chino to name but a few.