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Album Review

The power trio is not a term to be used lightly — for every Blue Cheer there's a blink-182 — but when it's applied to the electrifying cacophony emitted by the Muggs, it's almost not enough. The Detroit-based threesome is a power trio the way that Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath were — Robert Plant and Ozzy are cultural icons, but it's what went on behind them that launched a million rock bands. Muggs guitarist Danny Methric's solos transcend the blues that spawned them by sneaking out of their major and minor trajectories without a care in the world, while drummer Matt Rost and bass player Tony DeNardo — the latter switched to the lower register on a Fender Rhodes after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke in 2001 that left his right side paralyzed — sound as if they're joined at the shoulders. This is stadium rock trapped in a club and looking for a way out with every intention of burning the roof down — not in a Great White kind of way — that brings to mind '70s classic rock like AC/DC, Humble Pie, and Mountain. What sets the Muggs apart from questionable blues-rock revivalists like the Kings of Leon is their complete lack of pretense. Perfectly rendered guitar rock is at its essence the simple practice of fusing together a bass and guitar lead that jumps into the pit of your stomach and stays there, something the Muggs have obviously mastered on standout cuts like "Need Ya Baby," "Monster," and the Hammond-driven "Hard Love," but they're not above taking the listener through a space rock mid-section that owes more to Piper at the Gates of Dawn-era Pink Floyd than it does Ten Years After. It's that perfectly balanced allegiance to both discipline — these gentlemen are obviously no strangers to the rehearsal room — and balls-out rock & roll hedonism that makes this self-titled debut, when inserted into the medium of your choice, turn up all by itself.

Customer Reviews

Good, High Energy Rock

I saw these guys a week or so ago at the Lager House in Detroit. Amazing. This is live classic-sounding rock at it's best. These guys have a lot of energy and a good vibe. It's the only local band that I have ever wanted to buy a CD from, a it was well worth it. I can't wait for the next album.

What Rock 'n Roll Needs

The Muggs, what can I say, but probably the BEST live act going. Very talented, and energetic. These guys are the shot in the arm that Rock 'n Roll Needs.

Here it is - what you've been waiting for!

Imagine finding the song "Gonna Need My Help" playing on a major auto maker's web site, just to sell their car! That's all it took for me, as I headed to iTunes to get the entire album. While it's hard to say if The Muggs will sell many cars, one thing's for certain: for me, this is by far the best quality high-energy rock money can buy - with a Hammond keyboard thrown in to boot on "Hard Love". Topped off by the 7-minute perfectly stunning "Doc Mode", this band exemplifies what rock and roll is really all about, witnessed by Methric's brilliant guitar playing, reinforced with Tony DeNardo's solid bass line and Matt Rost's flawless percussion. Simply amazing... You won't be disappointed! "Yeah! That's where it's at!"

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Formed in 2000 around the talents of guitarist/vocalist Danny Methric, bassist/backing vocalist Tony DeNardo, and drummer Matt Rost, Detroit-based blues-rock juggernaut the Muggs spent the early part of the new century building a devoted army of local fans. In September 2001, just as the train was getting rolling, tragedy struck when the 28-year-old DeNardo suffered a hemorrhagic stroke, nearly ending his life. After two years of intense physical therapy, DeNardo emerged victorious, but with a paralyzed...
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