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CD TITLE: Born Ugly
ARTIST: The Muggs
RELEASE DATE: April 29th, 2011
BAND MEMBERS:  Danny Methric ~ (vocals, guitars)
   Tony DeNardo ~ (Fender Rhodes Bass)
Todd Glass ~ (drums)
2)  Blood Meridian
3)  Home Free
4)  Clean Break Blues
5)  Notes From The Underground
6)  Dear Theo
7)  Losing End Blues
8) 6 to Midnite
9)  Sturm Und Drang
10) Hats Off To Mr. Beardsley
11) World Around
12) Kitchen Sink Blues
13) Last Words
RECORDED AT: Ghetto Recorders
PRODUCED BY: Jim Diamond & The Muggs
MASTERED BY: Jim Kissling~Tempermill Studios

Dr2 View:

Detroit’s own rockin’ blues masters themselves, The Muggs, are set to drop their third disc, “Born Ugly” April 29th, and Dr2 has been spinning it non-stop since we had it dropped in our in-box. The eagerly awaited follow up to 2008’s, “On With The Show”, has the Muggs driving us through a musical kaleidoscope, racing in and out of their early influences of the late 60’s and early 70’s blues laced rock of the time. Blithely ignoring convention and popular trend, The Muggs forge ahead with their classic blend of blues and rock n’ roll, and in the process, prove that some things never go out of style.  All these guys do is give us a heavy beat, guitar madness and a hell of a dose of authenticity. Their music is born of Detroit, and, we feel, epitomizes our gritty city; Tough times, tougher people, true grit. If you have never listened to a Muggs disc, think Robin Trower meets Ted Nugent (The Amboy Dukes version).  This time around they enlisted the help of producer/engineer Jim Diamond (The White Stripes) of Ghetto Recorders, who is world renowned for his use of analog equipment to record and mix at the studio, giving “Born Ugly” the façade that it was actually recorded in 1970! With a resume that reads like a book, this powerhouse trio has lived the rock & roll life to the fullest, from appearances on national TV where they wowed celebrity judges, to weeks long tours across Spain that produced near pandemonium with blocks long lines, the Muggs have ensconced themselves in the bible of Detroit Rock –N- Roll with more than a few paragraphs dedicated to the self proclaimed “Ugliest Band in the World”. Make no mistake about it, ugly or not (ha), The Muggs deliver blazing licks (courtesy of Danny Methric), booming bass lines (Tony “Muggs” DeNardo), over top one of the most bombastic drummers (Todd Glass) that has ever anchored the kit since the departure of Matt Rost, who actually helped pen 2 of the songs on the disc.


When we received our advance copy of this 13-track Jam fest you could say we were more than a little excited, and anxious to hear the new material.  And the guys did not disappoint, drawing, it seems, from a lot of recent time on the road together to put together a tight, polished, complete effort that draws from a variety of timeless themes, from politics to pain, and from loss to love, while grinding out the blues and scorching the amps! Kicking off the disc is the title track, Born Ugly, certainly an ode to themselves, and definitely one that would seem right at home on Sabbath’s Volume 4, while Home Free provides the definition of lyrical genius. Jim Diamond’s presence is felt on Notes From The Underground, clocking in at a hair over 2 minutes, and what could possibly be the newest musical genre in town “Garage Blues”, a feat only The Muggs and Diamond could pull off. Midway through the disc finds the Muggs tipping their hats to that ZZ Top sound with Dear Theo, & Losing End Blues, before literally surprising us with the ballads World Around, which remarkably contains only 6 words that you’ll be repeating over and over again as the goose bumps make their way across your body.


In all, there is definitely a progression in The Muggs new music. Sure, it is still the same sound Muggs fans love.  They did not depart from their roots, but we noticed that there seems to be a greater focus on the lyric in this collection.  A focus that, we feel, has added a finishing touch to their distinctive sound.  A hint to this new proclivity is evidenced in the printed lyrics they display in the liner. The Muggs hold center court and release “Born Ugly” this Friday night April 29th at The Magic Bag in Ferndale, purchase tickets at ticketweb.  You can find out more about the band, their music right here, and as always you can find out about any breaking music, news, and reviews right here at www.detroitrockreview.com .  Until next time, Keep Rockin’!

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