At last Portugal finally score a significant footprint on the global stoner rock map, thanks to Lisbon's self described "authentic rock'n'roll disaster band", or Miss Lava to you - although this fine quartet (vocalist Johnny Lee, guitarist K. Raffah, bassist S. Rebelo and drummer J. Garcia) weren't born yesterday. In fact, Miss Lava have been snapping guitar strings, bashing drum skins and tearing shins across the floorboards of European stages for half a decade already having inaugurated their recording endeavours with a self-titled, blood-red vinyl EP in 2008, quickly followed with their debut full-length album, Blues For The Dangerous Miles, towards the end of 2009.
These precocious portents of pulverizing power - fuelled by more mega-riffs than Portugal had spawned since at least the inquisition - quickly gained Miss Lava domestic recognition via Loud Magazine, which named ...Dangerous Miles one of the year's Top 5 Portuguese records, backed up by its readers, who also voted them one of the country's Top 5 bands. Simultaneously, the song 'Don't Tell A Soul' enjoyed heavy rotation on MTV Portugal (with added exposure on a homegrown MTV series named Skins) as Miss Lava toured extensively throughout their home country while making the best of high profile Portuguese festival appearances at Rock In Rio Lisboa (Vodafone Stage), Vagos Open Air, and Faro Bike Meeting, alongside the likes of Metallica, Mastodon, Queens of The Stone Age, Slash & Friends, W.A.S.P., Kyuss Lives!, Fu Manchu, Truckfighters, Valient Thorr, Entombed, Meshuggah, Truckfighters, Barn Burners, Year Long Disaster and, errrr... Roger Hodgson.
2010 also witnessed the group's first international forays via two UK tours, which were followed in August of 2011 with a show at Los Angeles' historic Whisky A Go Go, and, in late 2012, the announcement of a globe-spanning deal with Detroit's Small Stone Records that will see the release of Miss Lava's sophomore album, Red Supergiant.
The band has already lined up three singles with which to promote the LP: 'Feel My Grace' (backed by a '90s VHS-style Euro video featuring two girls having fun), 'Yesterday's Gone' (shot live by Portuguese artist Mike Ghost during a tour with Truckfighters) and 'Ride', whose clip was shot in and around Las Vegas and the Mojave Desert by German director Joerg Steineck (of Lo Sound Desert and Fuzzomentary fame).
Finally, listeners seduced by Red Supergiant's authentic rock and roll disasters can count on Miss Lava to announce further European dates and festival slots throughout 2013.
2013 will be the year of the Lava. Hot, lead heavy lava.