Puddle Of Mudd


Aug 27, 2017 – 1:00 PM

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Puddle of Mudd is an American post-grunge band from Kansas City, Missouri. The band has sold over 7 million albums and has string of number one mainstream rock singles in the U.S. Their major label debut 'Come Clean' has sold over five million copies.Ask Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin about the writing and recording of the album 'Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate', and he responds with the same spirit of carefree wanderlust that defines his band: "It's all easy peezy, dude. No big deal at all."Not to him, maybe. Wes Scantlin is custom-made for the new millennium - a rockstar without the pretense and a frontman whose spontaneity propels his offstage personality as much as it does his onstage delivery. "Wes is constantly adjusting to the vibe in the room, throwing his flavor in there and constantly trying to make people laugh," explains bassist Doug Ardito. "He doesn't do the David Lee Roth thing, where he delivers the same lines every night. He's completely off-the-cuff."On 'Volume 4', Scantlin does deliver the same savvy lyrics that fans have come to expect since the band's multi-platinum debut, 'Come Clean', weaving subtle innuendo and not-so-subtle lyrical wordplay around vocal hooks so thick, they even seem to make life's more sour realities easier to swallow. Case in point, 'Psycho', the smash single from the band's 2007 release 'Famous' that rationalizes a relationship with, "maybe I'm the one who is a schizophrenic psycho."'Famous', like both albums before it, was certified gold after selling more than 500,000 copies in America alone. Propelled by 'Psycho', the album cemented Puddle of Mudd's status as bona-fide hit makers, and earned them industry accolades, including Billboard's No. 1 Mainstream Rock Song of 2008 and No. 2 Rock Band of the Year, where they finished second only to the Foo Fighters. Keeping in that tradition, the new album goes down like the smoothest shot you'll ever take. No chaser required unless, like Scantlin and guitarist Paul Phillips, you opt for a cold, frosty one.'Volume 4' is a homecoming for Phillips, who left the band shortly into the recording process for 'Famous'. Despite the success of 'Psycho', something was missing, and when Phillips and Scantlin reconnected earlier this year, all of the prior tension had melted away and their chemistry was rediscovered.Early Years (1992-2000)Puddle of Mudd was formed September 13, 1991 by Wes Scantlin (vocals/guitar). According to Wes, the band name was inspired by practicing next to the Missouri River levy, which always inundated the band's practice space but never ruined their equipment because they were on the second floor. Their first album, 'Stuck', was released in 1994 on V&R Records. It spawned two radio singles.2001-NowIn September 2014, the band released the non-album single 'Piece of the Action'. In July 2015, the band announced that they were recording their sixth studio album.Wesley Reid Scantlin (vocals/guitar)Matt Fuller (lead guitar/backing vocals)Michael John Adams (bass/backing vocals)Dave Moreno (drums/backing vocals)
puddle of mudd: After their 2001 debut, Come Clean, sold over 5 million copies and spawned no less than 4 radio hits (including “Blurry”, the most played song of 2002); and their gold-certified follow-up Life On Display, Puddle Of Mudd were able to step back a little to create Famous (scheduled for a July release).

“We had a lot of time to write and then make the record, as opposed to our second record where we were writing while we were recording,” explains bassist Douglas Ardito. “This time we had time to live life and have experiences to talk about.”

For all their platinum albums, awards and sold-out shows, Puddle Of Mudd have retained their organic approach to songwriting, usually starting with Wesley at home with an acoustic guitar. “If it sounds good and it makes your skin goose bump-up then you're probably onto something,” he mulls.

“Have you ever heard those lyrics by Nine Inch Nails: ‘I just made you up to hurt myself'?” he continues, laughing. “That's kinda how it is for songwriters I think: you almost create drama in your life just to get some good inspiration! Anything that irks you a little bit, for some weird and unknown reason, is good for really passionate songs. I write a lot of the stuff, but it's like a team – everybody's got their inspiration that they put into it.”

And Puddle Of Mudd now have fresh inspiration from new members Christian Stone (ex-Campfire Girls) and Ryan Yerdon.

Famous once again displays Puddle Of Mudd's sixth sense for creating anthemic, songs that are at once optimistic and uneasy, uplifting yet contemplative, dramatic but never without humor. Wesley's voice retains its serrated charm but is more versatile than ever, able to shift a song's mood with sometimes unexpected inflections.

As ever, Puddle Of Mudd are single-minded in focusing on unpretentious songcraft and accessible lyrical authenticity over fashion's fickle demands or artsy affectations. “We're not using DJ turntables and synths and all that stuff,” Douglas confirms. “We're just trying to pull out the honesty and make another batch of great songs for people to listen to.”

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