11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Puddle of Mudd play hard rock that’s clearly still channeling the angst-ridden grunge years of the early ‘90s. The album’s first single, “Spaceship,” “Hooky” and “Pitchin’ a Fit” rattle with a rage that recalls the combustion of Kurt Cobain’s Nirvana with less of Cobain’s sophistication for the elusive riddle, preferring to emphasize the muscular hard rock attack and sinister harmonies of Alice In Chains. “Keep It Together” is the somber ballad that escalates in frustration with the guitars building skyward. Singer Wes Scantlin isn’t much of an existential philosopher. He tows the hard-rock party line, looking for a good time and advocating that his ladies get naked with him. There’s a solid professionalism to the harmonies and attack (“Blood On the Table’). The band also intended to keep the album a more concise and manageable ten tracks, but also wanted to give hardcore fans the chance to hear more by offering an expanded edition with “acoustic” versions of “Spaceship” and “Stoned” among the highlights.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Puddle of Mudd play hard rock that’s clearly still channeling the angst-ridden grunge years of the early ‘90s. The album’s first single, “Spaceship,” “Hooky” and “Pitchin’ a Fit” rattle with a rage that recalls the combustion of Kurt Cobain’s Nirvana with less of Cobain’s sophistication for the elusive riddle, preferring to emphasize the muscular hard rock attack and sinister harmonies of Alice In Chains. “Keep It Together” is the somber ballad that escalates in frustration with the guitars building skyward. Singer Wes Scantlin isn’t much of an existential philosopher. He tows the hard-rock party line, looking for a good time and advocating that his ladies get naked with him. There’s a solid professionalism to the harmonies and attack (“Blood On the Table’). The band also intended to keep the album a more concise and manageable ten tracks, but also wanted to give hardcore fans the chance to hear more by offering an expanded edition with “acoustic” versions of “Spaceship” and “Stoned” among the highlights.

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About Puddle of Mudd

One of the first acts signed to Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst's label, Flawless Records, was the alt-metal quartet Puddle of Mudd -- consisting of Wesley Scantlin (guitar and vocals), Paul Phillips (guitar), Douglas Ardito (bass), and Greg Upchurch (drums). While their songs expectedly contain the rage of such contemporaries as Korn and Rage Against the Machine, Scantlin's voice at times is eerily similar to Nirvana's late, great frontman, Kurt Cobain, containing unmistakable elements of traditional hard rock (unlike the other aforementioned band's penchant for rap). August 2001 saw the release of their major-label debut, Come Clean (which was preceded by the independent release Abrasive), as they embarked on a European tour with Godsmack a month later, before touring the U.S. as part of the Family Values 2001 tour, alongside Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, and Staind. The band subsequently remained somewhat busy, releasing Life on Display in 2003 and Famous in 2007.

Two years later, Puddle of Mudd went back into the studio with producer Brian Howes and recorded their fourth studio effort, Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love and Hate. ~ Greg Prato

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    Kansas City, MO

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