Axis/Orbit makes Rock and Roll. Stoner rock, retro rock, doomy, but unabashedly not completely metal. More of a cavalcade of 60’s-70’s rock stylings from the menace of Sabbath to the spaciness of Floyd’s cosmic tracks, to the heavy prog jam trio art of Cream and Band of Gypsies, with strokes of classic Cali folk rock, vintage grunge and straight up garage rawk. Formed in 2014 on Long Island, NY by drummer Mike Margulis, guitarist Bill Fridrich and bassist Lee Greenman with all contributing to writing, arranging and vocal duties, the group is rapidly gaining a following headlining regional shows, releasing an EP and preparing for a full length album of heavy psyche rancor for 2015. www.reverbnation.com/axisorbit www.axisorbit.bandcamp.com
Check out Billy's new band, Caves of Utah, here: https://cavesofutah.bandcamp.com/
Check out the Axis/Orbit video montage on our video page. Check out calendar page for upcoming shows.
Axis/Orbit has been busy working on pre-production for their sophomore release. They currently have eight new tracks of hazy stoner/psych/classic rock for your listening pleasure. The band will debut tracks at select live shows in early 2016.
Final shows for 2015:
-November 21 Backstage, Woodmere, NY -December 19 Fifth Estate, Brooklyn, NY
A/O scheduled to begin recording new tracks with Evan Sobel.
Producer and drummer extraordinaire Evan Sobel will be at the board when we record new tracks in December.
A/O track featured in short film from acclaimed studio.
Cannot speak about this yet but stay tuned. The filmmaker also plans to cut a video of the band playing the featured track and the film itself is slated to appear in festivals around the world.
Song review from Racer at The Ripple Effect
Axis/Orbit - Around Now I know Axis/Orbit. Or I thought I did. These cats sent me their 3 song debut a while back and more recently they sent me their finished full-length album. I hadn't listened to it yet. Looks like I gotta fix that real soon. I seemed to remember Axis/Orbit being rather form-free psychedelic jamming, but man, that's not what's going on here. Yes, the fuzz and acrid haze are still here, but this is burst of pure crunchy, punchy garage psych. A killer chorus, some nasty fuzzed-out riffs and a killer, swinging beat. Their reverbNaton page goes on to list all the standard stoner rock influences from Sabbath to Clutch to Corrosion of Conformity, but damn, I'll tell you, that's not what this song is about. I know stoner (I do run a stoner rock/heavy rock record label) and what we got here is smack dab up the other love alley of my life, and that's straight from the garage. And in my opinion, the band is better for it. With the confines of the song, the band is punchier and more straight forward than I remember them being and simply cranking out a party good vibe.
The band is currently working on new material, preparing for thieir upcoming shows and discussing plans for their first video shoot in NYC!
It Came From ReverbNation
Axis/Orbit - Around
Now I know Axis/Orbit. Or I thought I did. These cats sent me their 3 song debut a while back and more recently they sent me their finished full-length album. I hadn't listened to it yet. Looks like I gotta fix that real soon. I seemed to remember Axis/Orbit being rather form-free psychedelic jamming, but man, that's not what's going on here. Yes, the fuzz and acrid haze are still here, but this is burst of pure crunchy, punchy garage psych. A killer chorus, some nasty fuzzed-out riffs and a killer, swinging beat. Their reverbNaton page goes on to list all the standard stoner rock influences from Sabbath to Clutch to Corrosion of Conformity, but damn, I'll tell you, that's not what this song is about. I know stoner (I do run a stoner rock/heavy rock record label) and what we got here is smack dab up the other love alley of my life, and that's straight from the garage. And in my opinion, the band is better for it. With the confines of the song, the band is punchier and more straight forward than I remember them being and simply cranking out a party good vibe.
The Burning Beard review of the Axis/Orbit debut album!
Hurtling Through The Cosmos... Axis Orbit - Axis Orbit (2015)
After their excellent debut EP last year, Axis Orbit (who seem to have dropped the / from their name) are back with a full LP of their spacy heavy psych rock, with some tracks from the EP given a polished reworking for inclusion. They start off with "Hazy", a suitably smooth glide into smoky sound to establish the album's attitude, then float off into the rest of the album, with a diverse character set by song titles such as "I Can't Feel a Thing", "In the Summer", and "You Were a Friend of Mine". Bleary fuzzings from the guitar and gut-level throbbings from the bass melt together with cracks from the drums to stave off the grogginess that could easily be induced by such heady material, but it's not all manic reverb. Some bluesy soulfulness comes through at times (as in the previously-mentioned "I Can't Feel a Thing"), with the strings switching to sweetness until "Riot Canal" flows in to burn things down. The music takes something of an acid western turn in the album's second half, with cleaner guitar popping up (maybe most notably in the just-barely-restrained vibes of "The Owl") and a more sentimental attitude taking over the riffing, noodling, and vocal stylings. It helps build a strong sense of AO's creative depth, and handily blows up any misconceptions that they might be just another heavy psych band. Not to say they can't do that when they want to, as the low-tone down-tempo moodiness of closing track "Infidel" emphasizes, but there's certainly more than the usual to be found in this spacy cycle. A run of 300 vinyl copies is available through Nasoni Records (or directly from the band, with a bonus T-shirt), so if you've been looking around for some deep musical musings for repeated ear-dives, get on this. ~ Gabriel
For Fans Of; Brain Pyramid, Groggy, Merlin, Snake Thursday, Tuber
Debut album available now!!
The debut album from Axis/Orbit is available now on Nasoni Records! Available on 300 limited edition colored vinyl albums. Also available as a digital download from Bandcamp. Here are the links: http://www.nasoni-records.com/AXIS_ORBIT_release_S_T.html and https://axisorbit.bandcamp.com
pick up our copy today!
Debut album and digital release
Coming VERY soon - the debut album and digital release of Axis/Orbit on Nasoni Records!
Our debut album to be released this month on Nasoni Records!!! Stoked!!!
New album coming soon!!
Looking forward to our first full-length release on Nasoni Records (Germany) this June! http://www.nasoni-records.com/ http://artistecard.com/axisorbit
In the studio
Axis/Orbit is currently in their home studio working on material for their 2nd release,
Live performance of 'Around'
See our video page for a recent performamce of "Around', a new track from our upcoming debut album on Nasoni Records.
Great show with Jesus and the Hallucinogenic All Stars
Another great stoner rock show at Long Island's Ringside Bar with Jesus and the Hallucinogenic All-Stars and Tako Khan.
FREE preview of tracks from the debut Axis/Orbit LP
Hear a FREE preview of 2 tracks from the upcoming Axis/Orbit debut album, to be released on Nasoni Records, here: http://axisorbit.bandcamp.com/
Axis/Orbit to Release LP on Nasoni Records
Axis/Orbit sign with Nasoni Records to release limited edition vinyl!!
Long Island’s stone groovers Axis Orbit have signed with seminal Stoner/Psych label Nasoni Records in Berlin to release their debut LP in a limited edition run of colored vinyl. Tentative release is June 1, 2015. Distribution through Clearspot of the Netherlands.
The album was recorded at Freedom of Speech Recording and engineered by Micky James (Chris Angel Mindfreak). Original art by Vincent Scala (www.vincentscala.com).
Axis/Orbit makes Rock and Roll. Stoner rock, retro rock, doomy, but unabashedly not completely metal. More of a cavalcade of 60’s-70’s rock stylings from the menace of Sabbath to the spaciness of Floyd’s cosmic tracks, to the heavy prog jam trio art of Cream and Band of Gypsies, with strokes of classic Cali folk rock, vintage grunge and straight up garage rawk. Formed in 2014 on Long Island, NY by drummer Mike Margulis, guitarist Bill Fridrich and bassist Lee Greenman with all contributing to writing, arranging and vocal duties, the group is rapidly gaining a following headlining regional shows, releasing an EP and preparing for a full length album of heavy psyche rancor for 2015.
It may seem like it's been a slow winter on the AXIS/ORBIT front but lots happening behind the scenes. Full length recorded and mastered. Working out a deal to release limited edition colored vinyl with a European label. Vinyl LP and digital release due by summer and shows to follow. Stay warm and keep your powder dry, kids. A/O goes with throttle up soon. The ride will be meteoric and we look forward to having you on board with us.
Axis/Orbit EP review on Indie Music Digest
Axis/Orbit just released their latest 3 song EP in 2014. Band consists of: Mike Margulis: drums, percussion, vocals, Bill Fridrich: guitars, vocals, Lee Greenman: 4 and 6 string basses, vocals. EP was released in 2014.
The EP quickly takes to flight with methodical intro piece “Hazy”. This song serves up infectious rocked out musical ambience against mesmerizing vocals, hypnotic acoustic guitar, harmonies, mind blowing solo guitar meshed against driving rock rhythm that gently leads you by the hand down the path of rocked out musical indulgence. Track 2 “The Owl” shifts gears a bit with its methodical intro, trippy alternative rock vibe and infectious vocals from Margulis. Track 3 “Riot Canal” is an impressive instrumental that is full of musical peaks and valleys that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. To me Axis/Orbit sound like a more modern psychedelic version of Days of the New and Black Sabbath. This EP has a jagged edge almost as if you are watching a band play live. As the EP slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of a classic Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Zakk Wylde, the Doors, Black Sabbath and Alice in Chains. I would classify this music as unplugged Soulful Rock and Alternative Rock with a fun and eccentric Psychedelic, Indie College Rock flair. The EP at times presents brilliant peak and valley flow via a strong artistic perspective. Besides the four piece standard you will also notice rich layers of melodic soundscapes, heavy rhythm guitar, lush harmonies, sonic vocals, exotic sound effects and mind blowing solo guitar, all built on a thick as a brick rhythmic foundation. Margulis and Greenman collectively showcase impressive yet soulful singing skills throughout. Their powerhouse vocal delivery are pretty solid across the board as Axis/Orbit and company are clearly letting it all hang out in a fun way with this release. I really enjoyed the solo guitar work from Fridrich. All production aspects check out. EP possesses solid low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity - but sounds like a production released 20+ years ago. Margulis has an effective baritone and the vocal harmonies are effective and well placed. At times his voice reminds me a bit of Scott Weiland (Stone temple Pilots and even Lenny Kravitz. This short but sweet 3 song EP has something for just about everyone.
Some of the Engineering aspects (particularly the Mix) sounds a bit off kilter when compared to other modern Progressive Hard Rock CD’s within the genera released in 2014. The way Track 2 fades out in the middle of the song is a bit unorthodox and would sound better via a cross-fade technique merging both segments together more seamlessly. I typically deduct 1 star for EP releases. The Full Length CD is the most complete snapshot to judge an artist by at any given moment in time.
This 3 song EP by Axis/Orbit is an impassioned, compelling musical journey. This band is making waves in New York for a reason. Its strong suit is its amazing writers touch and heavy song for song musical flow. Margulis and the gang get high marks from me for delivering a primarily rock based EP while keeping a “live” Jam Band feel - nice touch. This EP will be a real joy for those listeners out there who want a old school rock-based musical experience to fill their atmosphere. This straight forward, easy to digest musical format makes for a great musical experience many will enjoy beyond NY. I recommend you just hit play, close your eyes and see where the journey takes you.
Sounding like a darker version of Bay-area psychedelic rock, the debut EP from NYC's AXIS/ORBIT juices together some fuzz-toned and wild guitar, staunch bass with a smooth touch, vocals and delivery that had me in mind of both the MC5 and Deep Purple, and a drummer with a good head for when to dive in and when to hold back. The three tracks, "Hazy", "The Owl", and "Riot Canal" make up a release which nicely balances homage to their influences with enough edge in carving out their own territory, hitting a very sweet spot of keeping the listener wrapped up in comfort without knowing what's coming next (at least until they've played it again, and again, and...). While the three tracks all get in and done with a briefness to keep you wishing for more, they manage to jam enough inventiveness, deep grooves, space-trip solos, and crisp pedal usage into their runs to still achieve an expansive sound to drag listeners in, toss them about in an energy storm, and launch them off into a new musical orbit. Excellent stuff, with plenty of promise for what AXIS/ORBIT have in store for the world, and an excellent launch-pad into their new album. ~ Gabriel
Axis/Orbit is the process of Mastering the music for their debut CD, due to be released later this year! Sneak previews coming soon!
Mixing tracks in the studio
The band spent the past week mixing ten tracks for their upcoming 1st full-length CD! Micky James was a mad genius on the board. Lee added some intense Korg ARP synthesizer to 'Riot Canal' and the new track 'Infidel' has an epic rock ending! Can't wait to hear the mastered tracks!
Pick up a copy of Axis/Orbit's 3-song EP here: http://axisorbit.bandcamp.com/releases
Axis/Orbit in the recording studio!
Axis/Orbit has been holed up for the past four days in Freedom of Speech Recording Studios laying down and mixing tracks for their 2015 debut CD. Mickey James of Criss Angel fame at the engineering helm. Ten tracks of rock righteousness are coming soon!!!
Axis/Orbit headed to the studio!
Axis/Orbit headed into Freedom of Speech studios to record their 1st full-length album. Mickey James at the board. Germany, here we come!
Axis/Orbit voted Top 40 of 2014 SH Rock Radio!
We missed the top 10 but are very proud of our 1st demo effort making the Top 40 top songs of the year with some real names in the mix like Ace Frehley, Corrosion of Conformity, Puddle of Mudd, Tesla, Sebastian Bach and other great bands. Solid company to be in and great to be noticed and included by Jim Santora, a brilliant and dedicated purveyor of the finest things that rock! Thanks and best to everyone for a fantastic 2015. AXIS/ORBIT is in the studio cutting a full length waxy LP for early 2015 release and look forward to sharing it with The Jim Santora Show Rockcast and the rest of the ass kickin' world. Thanks to everyone who voted and to Jim. Humblest regards, A/O
Great show at O'Brien's with The Skeevots!
A great time was had by all at O'Brien's on Long Island! Stoner and Punk and great beer!
There's an old Deadhead at work constantly interrupting phone calls and conversations, never with anything more than a lament on his shitty Chicago Bears or an amazing story about his daughter finally wiping her own ass. There's always a sound softly escaping my speakers, generally something he can't stand. He'll go on for days about Warren Haynes and Ratdog, but he'll scoff at the heavy shit. "Ya can't even understand what they're sayin'!" I don't even bother explaining my take on that. I also don't give a fuck about anything Bob Weir is doing right now.
Friday's interruption came in abbreviated form. Before he could talk about this "good-sized muskie" he caught, he paused and asked "Whaddaya got goin' there? Some jammy stuff, huh?" That jammy stuff that prompted his approval was Long Island's Axis/Orbit, a psychedelic three-piece serving three cloudy tracks of heady stoner rock, throwing themselves back to decades lost on their debut EP. Cool fuzz and patient grooves clash, meld, and craft a quick promise of laid-back escape. An escape I needed.
It's been ages since I strayed entirely from shit-slung sludge on a Sunday morning, but Axis/Orbit struck me with their balance of smooth and fuzzy. Hazy opens gentle and deliberate, echoing beneath guitar reps and establishing a groove that's both fastened and focused. That fuzz is held at bay until a clean vocal haunts, hanging a tapestry that itches for an interruption of spiked buzz. The blur is excellent, and the subsequent chin-dribbling guitar goodness is nothing shy of delicious.
The Owl is quicker and more inquisitive. Again, A/O are gently pensive, but the underlying doubt saturates to the point of being rueful. The fuzzy midpoint is perfectly-timed and wholly engulfing, brief but poignant. Those sticky guitars stick to your teeth until the bass-driven submission splits the song in two. But closing with blazing, mossy layers of fuzz? Fucking artful.
Introducing the EP's final track on a tandem of immediate bombast and wet cobblestone tiptoes only scratches the skin of one awesome closer. Slow mist approaches as an evening ease settles. Cosmic guitars fork in any multitude of directions and lead listeners into a bass-driven stretch of panning rhythms, breaking into expeditious jams that (somehow) never lose footing. Escalations repeat until breaths can't be bought, but we're thankfully offered a cool, merciful release. It's the EP's best track, which speaks volumes.
Three quick spits are hardly an appetizer, but I'm sticking around. The band's pedigree is stout and whether these jams chew up five minutes or twenty-seven, Axis/Orbit know that to captivate, they need balance, groove, and ingenuity. Well, they have those things, and that hardly provides a summation. Fuzz doesn't hurt. But promising a full-length in 2015, an EP is a perfect tease. I'm listening. And so is that asshole at work. Thanks, guys. Now he's never gonna leave.
For fans of: '60s, '70s, revivalism. Pair with: Mojo India Pale Ale, Boulder Beer
Axis/Orbit live at Gussy's Astoria NY 2016. Footage by John Vioga at Mav City Pro. Produced by Necromancer Productions. axisorbit.bandcamp.com www.axisorbitmusic.com www.facebook.com/maverick817 www.facebook.com/Necromancer-Productions-Inc-172952979410267/?fref=ts
'You Were a Friend of Mine' live
Nasoni Records recording artists Axis/Orbit performing 'You Were a Friend of Mine'' from their debut album, Axis/Orbit, at Mr. Beery's, Bethpage, NY January 2016
'Hazy' live at the 5th Estate, Brooklyn, NY
"Around' by Axis/Orbit
Live at Ringside, April 24th, 2015
Mike Margulis - drums and vocals
Lee Greenman - bass
Billy Fridrich - guitar