Tuesday 30 July 2019

An Interview With THE ELECTRIC MUD


Heavy Stoner Rockers – The Electric Mud – made one hell of an impression last year with their excellent debut album – Bull Gator. It’s one of those albums that creeps up on you and stays long in the memory and that’s down to their hypnotic style of Heavy Stoner Rock with elements of Blues Rock and Souther Rock leading the way.

The Electric Mud will be releasing their superb new album – BURN THE SHIPS – on August 23rd 2019. We’ll be reviewing that album real soon. Until then you can read this cool interview with the band where we discussed the making of both albums and what people can expect from BURN THE SHIPS.

Read on for more info….

Hi guys. Thanks for doing this interview. How are things with you today?

Things are honestly pretty killer, got a rare day off and steaks on the grill, it’s gonna be tough to screw today up.

Can you give a brief history of how The Electric Mud came together and where the band is today?

So as myself (Constantine, I play guitar) and Tommy’s (bass guitar) previous band split, Peter (sings, also plays guitar) was just getting back home to Fort Myers after getting his education up in Gainesville and doing some travelling. We had a couple jam sessions and pretty immediately fell in love with what we were doing and have been slugging it out since. Pierson (drums) was the missing piece to really round our sound out so we’ve all been together two and a half years now. We stay busy playing locally and regionally and tour nationally a few times a year.

How would you describe your own music in your own words?

Man you can dress it up in so many different ways, but at the end of the day it’s just rock and roll. We get stoner rock, southern rock, heavy blues, all kinds of stuff and it’s a blend of all of those things for sure but at the end of the day, we pride ourselves on working relentlessly on being a great rock and roll band. That’s the mission.

You will be releasing your new album – Burn The Ships very soon. What can people expect from the album?

Forward thinking but deep rooted rock and roll music, in our humble opinion. We want to take the music we grew up listening to, bands like Sabbath and Floyd and the Allman Brothers and Skynyrd and such and add a chapter to their book, as it were, instead of copying it verbatim or throwing it out with the bath water.

Was recording the new album a hard or easy experience for the band?

We had an absolute blast cutting this record with Matt Washburn at Ledbelly studios up in North Georgia. He’s one of the best in the business, and really helped us put something together we’re gonna be proud of for a long time.

The album cover is great. Who designed the cover and how much input did you have into the final design?

We work with a Phillipino artist named Alfiandi our buds in Beerwolf (check them out they’re on Ripple and from Tampa and they rip shit) recommended to us actually, he did the cover for Planetfall, their most recent record, and we’ve used him since our debut album. The concept and design was all Pierson’s, he takes full credit there. We were all sitting around overthinking the hell out of it and he was kinda like “guys, stop, alligator wizard.” And we all kinda went “ohhhhhh yeahhhhh.”

What is the song writing dynamic in the band? Is it a group collective or down to certain individuals?

Musically we function best when we’re working really collaboratively. One guy will bring a riff or two or a rhythmic idea and then it’ll get passed around the room and anyone who has an idea can throw it in and have the band look It over. Writing that way has its intense moments and requires a lot of faith and a lot of trust in each other, but the end product shows us time and time again it’s just what’s best for us by a long shot.

What comes first when writing and recording new music. Music or lyrics?

It’s a mix of both. Peter is the kind of lyricist that works around the clock and has notebooks and notebooks full of ideas, and sometimes he’ll pull from those and sometimes a certain piece of music will get him feeling a certain kind of way and something entirely new emerges.

What inspires you when writing music?

Me, personally? An intense, deep, lasting fear of failure. Totally kidding. Life, my home-town, my family, friends, the other guys in the band, it’s a deep well.

You released your debut album Bull Gator last year. Great album by the way. Were you happy with the responses the album received from both fans and reviewers alike?

Thanks for checkin out Bull Gator! We could not have been more pleased with the response, that album has carried us admirably through our touring cycle for it and people have received it, and us, some unsigned nobodies from a small isolated market way down on the gulf coast, with open arms and we can’t be grateful enough.

Looking back on the album, would you change anything about it?

Not a damn thing, it’s an accurate picture of where the band was at the time it was cut, and we firmly believe that’s what a record is supposed to be.

Do you have the opportunity to perform live on a regular basis in your home town or do you have to travel further afield?

We have a really supportive local community at home that it’s an absolute pleasure to play for. Fort Myers has given us back everything we’ve given it and so much more.

How would you describe The Electric Mud LIVE experience?

Currently it’s pretty no frills, stripped down and in your face. We’re trying turn the amps up, come out of the chute with intensity, precision and energy and just kinda box your eardrums like Evander Holyfield for as long as we’re allowed to.

Thanks for doing this interview. Before you go do you have any words of wisdom to say to your fans?

Well, we’d just have to say thank you, from the bottom of everything that we are, and as far as advice, keep an eye out for us here in the second half of the year we’re gonna be on the road and all over the place! Thanks so much for taking the time guys we appreciate you having us.

Words by Steve Howe and The Electric Mud

Thanks to Curtis at Dewar PR for arranging this interview. Thanks to the guys for taking the time out to talking to us. Burn The Ships will be out on August 23rd 2019.

You can hear a few tracks from the upcoming new album below.