ARTIST:

THE MUGGS

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

STRAIGHT UP BOOGALOO

(2015)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

ROCK

/ BLUES
TAGS:
Bluesy
"With "Straight Up Boogaloo", The Muggs seems to come back to business stronger than ever and finally deserves its place alongside the best vintage hopes of the genre."
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Two years after an appetizing double live, The Muggs comes back with new studio equipment, a new offering to the gods of Hard Blues Rock, the aptly named "Straight Up Boogaloo". A perfect synthesis of the different universes explored so far by the band, the whole enhanced by what we call a certain stage experience, this fifth album is the ideal candidate to discover the band.

'Applecart Blues' open the album on an unshakeable rhythmic that is reinforced by a hammering of toms. Todd Glass seems to strike as if his life depended on it, while Tony DeNardo infuses with his bass/keyboard a round and metallic groove to this timeless style that The Muggs now masters to perfection. In this register dear to the band (the famous White Blues Rock of the early 70s, like the one Beck or Clapton preached at the time), 'Lightning Cries' with its invasive riff and the cover of Sabbath, 'Tomorrow's Dream' with the ghost of a long dead cow bell, will be as many much good moments.

Another playground for another atmosphere in which Danny Methric's vocals are deeper, the Blues, with the excellent shuffle of the eponymous title starting out with the announcement of a lost radio presenter from the American midwest (and named Theotis Toddlinski) and the antediluvian 'Blues For Mephistopheles', haunted by dark murmurs.

Further on, 'Fat City' and its unifying chorus will take you into a dance where the lighter parts can evoke the harmonies dear to the Beatles. Danny Methric's voice in this sweet register would not be out of place in a BÖC. And since we're talking about influences, how can we not mention the exercise of the cover version dear to the formation and which the trio ensure with brio, holding the comparison without surpassing its illustrious masters. If the title of Sabbath makes a strong impression while Fleetwood Mac's 'Rattlesnake Shake' languishes on almost 12 minutes, the Fab Four's 'Yer Blues' will not bring anything new.

Let's finish the round table with the famous 'Roger'. This surprising double track, named 'Roger Over And Out A' then 'B' is divided in two parts, the first one, psychedelic and electric, leaving the Jimmy Page style guitars in the foreground, while the second one will be in a more acoustic and cinematographic vein in the spirit of Pink Floyd's "Meddle".

With "Straight Up Boogaloo", The Muggs seems to come back to business stronger than ever and finally deserves its place alongside the best vintage hopes of the genre. To be consumed without moderation!


More informations on http://www.themuggs.com/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Applecart Blues
02. Fat City
03. Lightning Cries
04. Spit and Gristle
05. Roger Over and Out
06. Blues For Mephistopheles
07. Tomorrow’s Dream
08. Straight Up Boogaloo
09. Rattlesnake Shake
10. Yer Blues

LINEUP:
Danny Methric: Chant / Guitares
Todd Glass: Batterie
Tony Denardo: Basse
   
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