The Electric Mud – Burn the Ships

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The Electric Mud – Burn the Ships
Release Date: 23/08/2019
Running Time: 38:00
Review by: Alun Jones

Let’s get the important stuff covered off first. For any of you who thought this band were something to do with that lot from the Seventies who sang ‘Tiger Feet’, you’re wrong. The Electric Mud have very little in common with their Glam Rock similar-namesakes. Of course, a professional such as myself would never make a mistake like that.

The Electric Mud hail from Fort Myers, Florida – and specialise in making a steaming hot gumbo of stoner rock and dense, swampy blues.

“Burn the Ships” is The Electric Mud’s second album. Through the course of seven songs, the listener travels from the sweltering everglades through time and space – as vintage sounds melt with modern.

Opening track ‘Call The Judge’ oozes an irresistible Southern rock ’n’ roll groove, starting proceedings with a triumphant swagger. Grab a beer and a whiskey chaser, you know it’s going to be a lively night in the Roadhouse.

The Electric Mud show their stoner credentials on tracks like ‘Priestess’, which melds inventive riffs with pace and dynamics. ‘Good Monster’ weaves funky, head bobbing grooves and ‘Reptile’ lunges out of the depths, attacking like a gator whose mother’s been made into a pair of shoes.

There’s some stunning musicianship on display here; the guitars of Constantine Grim and Pete Kolter are crunchy yet nimble when required. Tommy Scott’s bass rumbles and glides perfectly. Pierson Whicker’s drums can smash and bang yet can be refined when necessary. Kolter’s voice, smoky yet soulful, is an addictive asset in itself.

Songs range from rocking brawlers to heartfelt blues with awesome proficiency. ‘Black Wool’ and ‘Terrestrial Birds’ showcase these slower moments really well, allowing the music to breathe and worm its way under your skin.

The variety of sound – together with the confident delivery and clever song writing – is what makes “Burn the Ships” engaging and successful. In the best tradition of stoner rock, The Electric Mud can combine old and new, fast and smooth, dirty and graceful. Their Southern charm, marinated in the blues, give this band their unique identity.
Although it feels maybe one song too short, “Burn the Ships” is full of character and demands repeat listens.

By the way, I used to see quite a bit of Mud – and lots of other glam rock bands – in the early seventies. Mud used to take a paddling pool everywhere with them, to do some backstage mud wrestling. Hence the name, you see? Though it never worked! Not once did they persuade lovely dance troupe Pan’s People to get involved, or Suzi Quattro. It usually just ended with the band in the mud bath, drunk on Babycham and fighting with Slade.

01. Call The Judge
02. Priestess
03. Good Monster
04. Reptile
05. Black Wool
06. Stone Hands
07. Terrestrial Birds



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Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Fort Myers, Florida based Rock N Roll band The Electric Mud! Huge thanks to guitarist Constantine for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hey guys! I’m Constantine and I’m the stage left guitar player

How did you come up with your band name?

Electric Mud is a really forward thinking blues record Muddy Waters put out back in the day that we thought on principal really is kind of a mission statement for what we do. We wanted to take the big riff rock and roll we grew up on and push it forward in new ways, forward thinking but traditional.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Florida in these United States of America. It’s a killer time to be in heavy music right now, there are a lot of great bands across the board out on the road putting on great shows and pushing each other to succeed!

What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)?

We currently have three spanking new tracks up on Bandcamp while we shop our next album to labels.

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a human? My grandmother! As a musician? Gotta be Lemmy, the man was the walking embodiment of rock and roll.

What first got you into music?

Neither of my parents are musicians but they both love music and have killer taste. There was a lot of great music coming from the stereo that as a kid I just couldn’t ignore.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Shotgun Sawyer out of California just dropped a nine pound hammer of a record this year. It’d be a blast to work with them in any capacity.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Roadburn! Who could turn down the sickest heavy music festival in the world?

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

We had a dude show up to a show with a rack of baby back ribs for us from out of the blue once. That was the weirdest coolest shit ever.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?


If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Duane Allman, easy!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Being a musician is the greatest job in the world, by far. If there were anything to hate, is that you still need a job now. It’s my dream job but it’s still a job.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Hell man it’d be nice to make real money sellin’ records like they used to.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Crack The Skye” by Mastodon.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?


What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

We played an absolute eager in Memphis last year with The Heavy Eyes and Native Blood, two bands you absolutely have to check out.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Man I’d be back in the skilled trades installing kitchens. Maybe I’d have a stamp collection.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Willie Nelson, Brian May, Matt Pike, Joe Duplantier and The Reverend Billy F. Gibbons.

What’s next for the band?

Tour! We’re out for five weeks starting end of August.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Man I have no idea, I even tried to cheat and use Wikipedia and they called it a ‘biscuit sized cake.’ That’s brutal.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Raise hell and praise Dale. Thanks so much for takin the time to check us out y’all we appreciate it.

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