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Our latest post is about art punk/ party post-punkers THE MULES who I put out a 7″ for about a decade ago on my label BODIES OF WATER arts and crafts, and who include Cambridge’s DOUG TUTTLE who has been steadily gaining more and more praise for his most psychedelic pop, released on labels like TROUBLE IN MIND.
Here’s an excerpt from the THE MULES FMA post that I recently wrote…
This band was probably the most fun thing happening in the Boston underground music scene circa 2003-2004. Beyond this 7″ (released by BODIES OF WATER arts and crafts (full disclosure: my label)) there was also a demo tape with their original drummer (which was recorded in a strange wooden room in the far corner of the basement @ my old house/ venue in Brighton, THE HOSS). So fun. THE MULES sound was a truly rambunctious thing, a hyper, spastic art punk with nods to garage rock, noise rock, and the overarching cool underground music of that moment in which they existed, post-punk. If there was one band who defined what THE HOSS was to me, it was this bunch. Doug on guitar, Marin on keys, and Jose on guitar/ bass. Jose and Marin taking most of the singing duties. The drummer situation was a revolving one (as it so often seems to be). Here on this recording Elliott, their final drummer, plays the role. They played with OLD TIME RELIJUN at that show house in Brighton, and the match was perfect, and should give you an idea of where THE MULES were at in their time. The band broke up several times, and thus had several reunion shows. And with each show, as happens, the number of people aware of their music grew and grew. The final final final show was, if my memory serves me, @ another house show space called CASTLE GREY SKULL, in Allston. And it was mayhem. A final happy FUCK YOU from a band who lived on the fringes, wanted nothing more, but certainly deserved more…
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