Florida-based stoner/retro rock unit THE ELECTRIC MUD returned to the studio earlier this year to record their brand new EP, Black Wool, now completed and confirmed for release on September 25th.
Captured at Farmadelica Sound in Bokeelia, Florida with tracking, mixing, and mastering done by Howard Wulkan, the EP represents a heavier and proggier turn for the band with a pair of new, original tracks as well as and an homage to the seedy, sordid Sunshine State bar circuit where they cut their teeth with covers by Corrosion Of Conformity and The Allman Brothers Band.
In advance of the release of Black Wool, today the band is streaming EP opener, “Ordinary Men,” noting of the track, “Opening the EP is ‘Ordinary Men,’ a rollicking slab of riffs and grooves that takes the band through some of its heaviest and most intricate paces to date, alongside lyrics that implore the listener to make the most of the time they’re given.”
Stream “Ordinary Men” at THIS LOCATION.
Black Wool EP Track Listing:
1. Ordinary Men
2. Black Wool
3. Albatross (Corrosion Of Conformity cover)
4. Whipping Post (The Allman Brothers Band cover)
In conjunction with the release of Black Wool, THE ELECTRIC MUD will kick off a near-two week run of live dates beginning September 25th in Cape Coral, Florida. See all confirmed dates below.
THE ELECTRIC MUD:
9/25/2021 Rackem – Cape Coral, FL
10/01/2021 Burns Alley Tavern – Charleston, SC
10/06/2021 Tribbles – Piedmont, SC
10/08/2021 Skylark Social Club – Raleigh, NC
10/09/2021 Riffhouse – Chesapeake, VA
10/11/2021 The Empty Glass – Charleston, WV
10/12/2021 Westside Bowl – Youngstown, OH
10/13/2021 Legends – Mt. Vernon, OH
10/14/2021 Metal Monkey Brewing – Romeoville, IL
10/15/2021 Lyric Room – Green Bay, WI
10/16/2021 Polack Inn – Wausau, WI
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 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 released their critically lauded Burn The Ships full-length on CD and digital formats via Small Stone and limited edition vinyl via Kozmik Artifactz in 2020. Burn The Ships 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. Metal Rules hailed, “a delightful mix of classic hard rock, US southern blues, and some touches of vintage stoner rock and even doom metal here and there.” Angry Metal Guy noted, “THE ELECTRIC MUD just might be the most perfect band name. These guys really do sound like muddy swamp monsters come to life, full of humid, muggy attitude and steamy swagger.” Added Sentinel Daily, “Repeated listens to Burn The Ships reveal that it is one of those rare, rare beasts – an album with no apparent flaws in its construction whatsoever; high quality throughout, it’s a record you’ll find yourself returning to over and over again – great stuff!”
To order Burn The Ships, visit the Small Stone Bandcamp page at THIS LOCATION.