The Atomic Bitchwax was a secondary band for
guitarist Ed Mundell, having been formed back in 1993 before
releasing a debut album in '99.
The self-titled debut retains a bit of Magnet's penchant for
all things 70's, but is otherwise a different animal, being much
more energetic, uptempo, and guitar-driven.
Much of the album has an improvisational/jam feel to it, with
Mundell's blues-based guitars really coming alive.
They fit very well in the current stoner rock scene, even though
they lack some of the
cloning of others in that arena.
The band released a followup in 2000, but announced its breakup
in early 2002 following Mundell's departure,
just around the time a then-final EP, Split Blood, was released.
But by early 2004 the band was back together, with new guitarist
Finn Ryan taking over for Mundell.