If you are into Stoner Rock music you have probably seen some of the following masterful album covers while perusing Bandcamp.
All were done by the amazingly gifted Alfiandikid. His art is one-of-a-kind and focuses on vibrant depictions of monsters, sci-fi and hot rods. Alfiandikid looms large as one of the go-to artists among some of Stoner Rock’s finest and upcoming bands. One of the bands I’d like to talk about today is The Electric Mud in which Alfiandikid did the album artwork and the subject of our previous post Alexander von Wieding did the layout and design. A one-two artistic punch to the jaw. Please read more about the band below.
Florida-based stoner/retro rock unit THE ELECTRIC MUD will release their Burn The Ships full-length September 25th via Small Stone Records.
Crawling from the humid, mangrove-choked banks of the Caloosahatche River, THE ELECTRIC MUD drifted from late night jam sessions, backyard keggers, and a revolving cast of members until one night, in the taproom of a closed up brewery, Peter Kolter, Pierson Whicker, Tommy Scott, and Constantine Grim found themselves in an old fashioned Morricone-style standoff. Each had reputations around their Florida town as serious musicians and hard workers, and after throwing lightning bolts around the room for a few hours it became clear that they had found not just a band, but a sound. Alongside their love for The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd and their shared Florida roots, came also a deep appreciation for the proto metal of Black Sabbath and the prog metal of Mastodon, and the band aimed to slow cook it and serve it to the masses. After countless hours of grueling rehearsals and gigging in the dives and biker bars of their hometown, THE ELECTRIC MUD released its debut album, Bull Gator, in 2018, and hit the road.
With hard work came opportunity that found the band opening not just for Southern rock legends such as Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, The Devon Allman Band, Brother Hawk, and others but also winning a tri-state battle of the bands competition that drew the eye of Matt Washburn owner/operator of Ledbelly Sound Studio (Mastodon, Elder, Royal Thunder) in north Georgia. Washburn and the band hit it off immediately, and the band decamped to The Peach State in 2019 to write and record its follow up album, falling in along the way with the legendary Small Stone Records. THE ELECTRIC MUD calls upon a punishing rhythm section and dizzying twin guitars alongside gritty, soulful vocals to remind audiences that rock and roll is a timeless, cosmic giant that never truly dies. In advance of the record’s release, the band is pleased to debut a video for opening track, “The First Murder On Mars” shot at Sonic Studios in Fort Myers, Florida by Matt Anastasi. Check it out at now:
Following an independent unveiling by the band, Burn The Ships will see official release on CD and digital formats via Small Stone as well as limited edition vinyl via Kozmik Artifactz. For preorders, visit the Small Stone Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.
Fans of The Sword, Radio Moscow, Clutch, Captain Beyond, The Allman Brothers, and the like, pay heed.
Burn The Ships Track Listing:
1. The First Murder On Mars
2. Stone Hands
4. A Greater Evil
5. Call The Judge
7. Good Monster
8. Led Belly
9. Terrestrial Birds
THE ELECTRIC MUD:
Constantine Grim – guitar
Pierson Whicker – drums, percussion
Peter Kolter – vocals, guitar
Tommy Scott – bass
If the the first single “The First Murder on Mars” is any indication of what is to come, “Burn the Ships” is setting up to easily become one of 2020’s finest releases.
So, I guess you are wondering how beer ties in with all of this. I actually have two tie-ins for this one. We’ll start with Alfiandikid. A brewery in Witchita, KS called Central Standard Brewing commissioned him to do a shirt design for them.
And now for The Electric Mud, the details are a bit sketchy, but apparently the guys were pent up in a closed up taproom of a brewery where they brainstormed and played for hours before finally settling on a sound.
Whew! That was a long one, but it all tied together. Hope you dug it. Now go pre-order The Electric Mud Vinyl before they are all gone.
The Electric Mud:
Central Standard Brewing: