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""A serious contender for debut disc of the year.""


"MUD, BLOOD AND BEER"
Posted by Hal Bogerd at July 23, 2009 9:43 PM
The self-titled debut album from "Mud, Blood & Beer" rocks as much, if not more, than it twangs. While the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield, Uncle Tupelo and the Jayhawks are obvious touchstones, the Long Ryders, Guadalcanal Diary, Jason and the Scorchers as well as early REM but are perhaps closest in sound, attitude and songwriting style. Sure there are songs about drinking and hard-livin’ but the guys have skillfully avoided slipping into the clichéd whiskey broken bottle songwriting trap and have come up with thirteen hook-filled tracks that caught my ear on the first listen. A second listen and I knew I owed them a review. You can call it twang-pop, jangle-rock or alt country. I’m calling “Mud, Blood & Beer” a serious contender for debut disc of the year.

If you’re in NYC, drop by the their CD release party tomorrow night (7/24) at the National Underground (Houston and Allen, 8:00 p.m.) in Manhattan.

You can stop by their No Depression page and listen to four tracks from the disc and if you can't make it to NYC, it's is available (disc or download) from CDBaby.

Mud, Blood & Beer is Jess Hoeffner (guitar, vocals), Stephen Swalsky (bass), Jason Fine (guitar, vocals), and Stephen Sperber (drums).

Highly recommended. - hickorywind.org


"“Mud, Blood & Beer might not be the last NYC cow-punks standing, but they may just be the best.”"

Mud, Blood, & Beer might not be the last NYC cow-punks standing, but they may just be the best. The band’s latest EP, Gone for Good, is now available and features a new batch of barn-burning rockers and the dusty ballad “Mine the Light”, which seems to mine some inspiration from Doug Sahm’s “Give Back the Key to My Heart”. Check out the rousing opening cut “Coming Down” below and the video for “Mine the Light” here:

MP3 :: Coming Down

(from Gone for Good. Buy here)

- Pop Headwound


Discography

2009 - Self-Titled
2011 - Gone For Good
2013 - The Sweet Life

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The name Mud, Blood & Beer is cribbed from a line in Johnny Cash’s classic “A Boy Named Sue”: “Kicking and a’ gouging in the mud and the blood and the beer” and is a perfectly apt description of who we are and the music we make.

Mud, Blood & Beer’s new record The Sweet Life consists of 13 original songs that remain true to the band’s alt-country roots but explore new sounds in garage rock and indie pop. This is a heavily guitar-driven record that rocks and much as twangs. There are plenty of hooks to grab you right away but also a rich depth that rewards on further listens.

The band consists of New York City music scene veterans Jess Hoeffner (guitar, vocals), Stephen Swalsky (bass), Jon Glover (guitar, vocals), and Stephen Sperber (drums).

www.mudbloodbeermusic.com