Let The Lead Fly

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Vom kauzigen Bandnamen bis zur urwüchsigen Musik - diese Fünf aus Richmond, Virginia werden ihre ausgeprägten Country-Wurzeln nie verleugnen! WRINKLE NECK MULES hat sich die Gruppe vor fast 10 Jahren benannt, das riecht förmlich nach Country. Gleißende Pedal Steel Gitarren, pluckernde Banjos, singende Electric Guitars, klirrende Mandolinen und eine Vorliebe für kräftigen, südstaatengefärbten Landrock mit süffigen Harmonien... - ja, auch das ist ganz klar Country. Genauer: die perfekte Synthese zwischen klassischem Früh-70er Country Rock und dem, was heutzutage gerne als Alt.Country, No Depression Music und Americana Rock angeboten wird. Let The Lead Fly heißt das brandneue, von allen Fans sehnlichst erwartete Album dieser formidablen Band, die ohne Frage zu den allerstärksten dieses Genres gezählt werden muss!

Let The Lead Fly macht genau da weiter, wo der Vorgänger The Wicks Have Met vor zwei Jahren aufgehört hatte - bei zeitlosem Country Rock und Cosmic Americana, oft Bluegrass-unterwandert, gespickt mit Zutaten aus Southern Rock, Westcoast Pop und ländlichem Mountain Rock. Der fröhliche Titeltrack zum Start gibt mit Doppel-Banjo, dynamischer Rhythmik, fetziger Fiddle, markigem Leadgesang und Sing-a-long Chorus die Stimmung vor: "don't just stand there, raise your guns and let the lead fly", jawohl, das erinnert an die guten alten Ozark Mountain Daredevils und lässt einen spontan auf die virtuelle Tanzfläche springen!

Ob lässig, angenehm Eagles-mäßig, dominantes Mandolinen-Picking, schleppender Rock, klasse Harmony Vocals, elektrische Twin Guitars im Southern Rock-Stil versus Pedal Steel oder rumpelnder Country Rock – WRINKLE NECK MULES decken das komplette Spektrum dieser „handmade music“ ab, sie präsentieren es gar in Perfektion und erfüllen damit wahrlich alle Träume der Anhänger dieses Genres.


Born somewhere on I-64 between Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia in late 1999, the Wrinkle Neck Mules blend guitars, banjos, mandolins, pedal steel guitars, organs, kitchen sinks, drums and bass together with bluegrass-inspired harmony vocals to distill what The Independent of Raleigh, NC called a “righteous Americana mishmash”. The blend drinks differently from song to song. Sometimes haunting and tense; sometimes bizarre with tongue pressed only to cheek. In their ten year history, the band has played 100’s of shows in the US and UK with everyone from Willie Nelson to Ratt and recorded with folks such as Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.

The long awaited fourth full-length album by the Wrinkle Neck Mules is set to be released on November 20, 2009. Let the Lead Fly (as in bullets) is to be their second record released on Blue Rose. The Mules - who have developed a cult-like niche in pockets around the globe - have self produced, engineered and recorded this effort.

Let the Lead Fly takes to highlighting banjos, mandolins, mountain harmony and pedal steel guitar. This is certainly nothing new for the band who admits to being a rock band with country bones and bluegrass skin. This Frankenstein is evident from the get-go with a fiddle and banjo sing-along title track, the high school lament "Howard Johnson" and the twisted classic country of "Waters All Run Dry".

"It's a rock and roll body and it sort of has bluegrass bones and country skin," lead singer and guitarist Andy Stepanian said of the Mules' style. "The way our singing is and with the pedal steel and mandolin it's really bluegrass and country. We really swing the spectrum."

“After years of touring out of Richmond, external forces eventually brought Chase Heard (vocals, guitar, banjo) to Austin, Texas, and eventually Stepanian moved to Dallas, leaving Mason Brent (vocal, guitar, mandolin, pedal steel), Brian Gregory (vocal, bass) and Stuart Gunter (drums) living in cities in Virginia. Stubborn not to let a quality friendship-based band slip away, the members of Wrinkle Neck Mules kept in contact to continue collaborating. Now the five take turns flying and using all manner of transportation to get to one another in order to write, record and tour.” –The Post and Courier, June 12, 2009

One Response to “Album”

  • Thomas sagt:

    Hallo Edgar,
    ich habe mir die DVD gekauft. Allerdings sind dort 32 Songs drauf – nach „Song 28. Paradise“ kommt der Song „Hollywood Bungalow“ und dann weiter wie mit der DVD-Setlist.
    Eine kleine Anmerkung meinerseits. 😉
    Gruß
    Thomas

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Let The Lead Fly
WRINKLE NECK MULES
Let The Lead Fly
CD
BLU CD0495
€ 5.90



1. Let The Lead Fly
2. Fortune Fades
3. Medicine Bow
4. Dopamine Dream
5. The Waters All Run Dry
6. One Hand In The Furnace
7. Pleasure Is The Absence Of Pain
8. Silver King
9. Cracks And Seams
10. Catfish And Color TVs
11. Pull Me From The Wreckage
12. Howard Johnson
13. Before The Rise And Fall