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The Rockford Mules

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States | SELF

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States | SELF
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""A lot of heavy rock bands could take a few pointers from these guys.""

"A lot of heavy rock bands could take a few pointers from these guys." - Rift


""...all the fear and intrigue of a Northwoods drinking party: Rustic hard rock that owes as much to ’70s rec rooms as the foosball table at the local dive. It’s music that’s alive, as kicking and screaming as your animal instincts. A hard rock group hasn’"

"A lot of heavy rock bands could take a few pointers from these guys." - Rift

"...all the fear and intrigue of a Northwoods drinking party: Rustic hard rock that owes as much to ’70s rec rooms as the foosball table at the local dive. It’s music that’s alive, as kicking and screaming as your animal instincts. A hard rock group hasn’t been this recommendable in some time." - Duluth Budgeteer


""After the first solo I had to picked my jaw up off the floor...It was at this point (only halfway through their first song) that the Mules had totally convinced me that they were going to be my new local band crush. I was trying to come up with the perfe"

"After the first solo I had to picked my jaw up off the floor...It was at this point (only halfway through their first song) that the Mules had totally convinced me that they were going to be my new local band crush. I was trying to come up with the perfect adjective for them. I had to make up a word: “dirtysouthernboogiehonkytonkrocknrollmetal.” ...But for short, I could just call them “really fu*kin’ good." - How Was The Show


""The cadence of Morphine and the darkness of 16 Horsepower mashed up with some electrified Delta blues. Induces cravings for amphetamine-loaded late-night drives to the middle of nowhere.""

"The cadence of Morphine and the darkness of 16 Horsepower mashed up with some electrified Delta blues. Induces cravings for amphetamine-loaded late-night drives to the middle of nowhere." - Razorcake


""Specialists in sleazy and dangerous bar rock that aren't afraid to roll around in the mud on the way to peeling off a chugging riff, locals The Rockford Mules have pretty much just one gear—that would be ass-kickingly loud and in your face—but they've go"

"Specialists in sleazy and dangerous bar rock that aren't afraid to roll around in the mud on the way to peeling off a chugging riff, locals The Rockford Mules have pretty much just one gear—that would be ass-kickingly loud and in your face—but they've got it nailed down pat."- - Metromix


""Mules kick some ... The Rockford Mules have always struck me as the kind of everyman hard-rock band that would go over equally well at a NASCAR tailgating party or fishing tournament. The quartet's slide-guitar-laden, vaguely twangy style was amped up in"

"Mules kick some ... The Rockford Mules have always struck me as the kind of everyman hard-rock band that would go over equally well at a NASCAR tailgating party or fishing tournament. The quartet's slide-guitar-laden, vaguely twangy style was amped up in the studio to rip-roaring velocity, and frontman Erik Tasa has developed a cool rock-starry voice that sounds like Ace Frehley singing in a cow-punk band." - Star Tribune


""Whiskey spittin', devil chasin', guitar grindin', band from Minneapolis...(their) rough and rugged, hard rocking, grungy sound is commercial - and good - enough to propel them somewhere decent were some major label A&R hotshot on the case.""

"Whiskey spittin', devil chasin', guitar grindin', band from Minneapolis...(their) rough and rugged, hard rocking, grungy sound is commercial - and good - enough to propel them somewhere decent were some major label A&R hotshot on the case." - KERRANG Magazine (UK)


""The Rockford Mules' Pigpen-filthy, whiskey-splattered blues-rock is a thing of absolute beauty live, where it sounds even more dangerous and unpredictable.""

"The Rockford Mules' Pigpen-filthy, whiskey-splattered blues-rock is a thing of absolute beauty live, where it sounds even more dangerous and unpredictable." - City Pages


Discography

Crooked Tooth EP- 2005
From Devil's Spit to Angel Tears - 2008
Ma They Broke Me - 2010

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Whether by fate or folly, the Rockford Mules are a Minneapolis band. And Minneapolis only because they can practice there for free. They are more of a 'tater tot hotdish in a dirty Lutheran church basement' band of Minnesotans then they are your typical popular downtown metrosexual six stringers.

Carrying on the musical traditions of burden and blessing that have been carried to them, The Rockford Mules are saltlick of the earth, blue-collar sons of fathers who worked on their own cars in cold garages. The songs draw on the earthy elements of southern rock and electric mud, infused with a 70's dirty denim sonic sneer. The lyrics are from a chapped desert hymnal. The drum and bass sound like the good tooth snarl of a tough loved dog. The guitars have balls that only Goliath dare envy on his bravest day. This band is the real deal.

In addition to a few road trips around the Midwest, The Rockford Mules have been lucky enough to share the stage with the likes of Violent Femmes, Soul Asylum, and Lucero, and have twice appeared at the North vs. South Music Festival in Lawrence, Kansas. The Rockford Mules' previous release, "From Devil's Spit to Angel Tears" received airplay on more than 200 stations across the U.S. and Canada including 89.3 KCMP The Current.

The Rockford Mules music has been licensed to several television networks and shows including Criminal Minds (CBS), Bad Girls Club (Oxygen), The Real World (MTV), Extreme Challenge (MTV), Khloe and Kourt Go To Miami, (E!), Keeping Up With The Kardashians (E!) and Married to Rock (VH1)