Meat Puppets

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Sold Out: Meat Puppets

All Souls

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Soda Bar

This event is 21 and over

Meat Puppets
Meat Puppets
Meat Puppets’ original lineup, Curt and Cris Kirkwood and returning drummer Derrick Bostrom, will be touring the US in support of their upcoming album Dusty Notes (March 8 / Megaforce), marking the lineup’s first run since 1995’s No Joke!. Tickets will be on sale Friday, January 18.

The Meat Puppets’ story begins with three kids, enamored of music and immersed in the psychedelic drug culture of Arizona in the ’70s, who find their way to punk rock and painstakingly become one of the most important bands of the American underground. “We began to make such a hellacious racket that we knew we were on to something,” says returning drummer Derrick Bostrom. The Puppets went on to achieve mainstream rock stardom, with a hiatus and resurrection follow.

At their induction into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2017, the original lineup of the Meat Puppets – brothers Cris and Curt Kirkwood and Bostrom – joined together onstage for the first time in over two decades.

Throughout a set that included era-defining songs like“Lake of Fire,” “Plateau” and “Backwater,” the chemistry was more than promising, as Bostrom isn’t shy to point out. “It was so intense that even I couldn’t deny it! I remember why we did this. It was magical.” “It was the psychedelic fuckin’ time machine,” adds Chris. “Mind-blowing.”

That rekindling has resulted in Dusty Notes (March 8 / Megaforce), the first Meat Puppets studio album to feature the original trio since 1995’s No Joke!. The album is available for preorder here, and the band will touring the US in 2019. Dates are on the way.

Since the band debuted in the early ’80s, Curt Kirkwood has continually proven himself to be among the most brilliant songwriters of his generation. Time after time, album after album, he’s demonstrated an extraordinary ability to draw upon various roots and rock styles en route to a unique new vision of what the Meat Puppets can be. His latest contributions, especially songs such as “Warranty,” “On,” “Nine Pins,” “Outflow” could be forgotten gems from Nashville, Bakersfield and Laurel Canyon.

Dusty Notes also features keyboardist Ron Stabinsky, a jazz-trained virtuoso adept at any style, and Curt’s son Elmo, whose old-school rock-guitar grit ideally complements his father’s spacier explorations. Intuitive, inspired and overflowing with genuine musicianship, it’s the sort of band that can transform what Curt describes as “simple yet engaging” songs into maiden voyages each night on the road. “I can ignore my vocal and listen to the other four guys play,” Kirkwood laughs. “They’re all so good.”

“The band has been a really, really deep font of creativity,” Derrick said. “Love it or hate it, hit or miss, Curt is just prodigious. They are still living the rock lifestyle; they’re not doing it by half measures. They stayed on the road. These guys are uncompromising. I consider the Meat Puppets to be a national treasure.”
All Souls
All Souls
Life’s paths twist and turn, but we always eventually end up where we’re meant to be.

In that respect, the story of All Souls feels pre-destined. Way back in 1994, Tony Tornay [Fatso Jetson, The Desert Sessions, Linda Perry] first met Tony Aguilar and Meg Castellanos [Totimoshi, Alma Sangre] by introduction from Erik Trammel [Black Elk, Wadsworth]. They kept in touch and always bandied the idea of “writing and jamming” about.

It took 21 years, but a band finally became a reality in 2015 when these four artists sat around a table and discussed officially working together…

“One of the things that we did in this band that I’ve never done before is have that discussion,” recalls Aguilar. “Meg and I had always wanted to play with Tony as did Erik. It finally fell into place. Once we figured out what the lineup was going to be, we sat around and discussed what we wanted to sound like artistically before even jamming. It gave us a really great grasp on the artistic angle. It was almost like forming the painting before it was brought to life.”

“This is the culmination of thirty years as a professional musician,” adds Tornay. “It’s everything I’ve wanted for as long as I can remember. When we get together, it feels like home. This embodies every reason why I do what I do.”

Throughout 2016, the quartet—Aguilar [vocals, guitar], Castellanos [bass, vocals], Trammell [guitar], and Tornay [drums]—recorded what would become their self-titled full-length debut, All Souls, during intermittent sessions at Sound of Sirens Studio in Los Angeles with producer Toshi Kasai [Tool, The Melvins, Foo Fighters].

For Aguilar and Castellanos, the music spoke to a dormant primal need that harked back to their time in the fan favorite underground mainstay Totimoshi.

“At the time, we had been doing Alma Sangre, which was our take on flamenco meshed with Ranchero,” says Aguilar. “We’re rockers at heart though, and we had been wanting to be in another rock band. It also reunited us with Toshi who did three of our Totimoshi records. He has his own approach. It’s almost like you enter into a different world with his production. Each song becomes like a journey, and nobody curtailed that. We were all on the same page.”

Following tours with the likes of Red Fang, The Sword, Kvelertak, and Torche, the band unleash All Souls in 2018 via Sunyata—the label founded by iconic Screaming Trees and Mad Season drummer Barrett Martin. Earmarked by Spaghetti Western-style expanse and rough-and-tumble riffing, the music proudly bears the wild wear-and-tear of the nineties Palm Desert scene with a twist of psychedelic voodoo and metallic edge.

Introducing the album, the first single “Never Know” barrels forward at full speed powered by gusty distortion and a psychedelically catchy refrain.

“Lyrically, I want to keep it a little mysterious,” Aguilar reveals. “It’s about people in our society who feel like they own the world, act accordingly, and behave in ways that are completely derelict of social responsibility. They’ll never know love or understand that responsibility. They’ll never know anything.”

Elsewhere, “Party Night” dements a surf rock-style gallop with punchy delivery and overcast production. The melancholy melodies of the seven-minute “Rename The Room” paint a stark picture of bipolar mood swings and abuse inspired by a dark day in Aguilar’s childhood home. Tool drummer Danny Carey kicks off the entrancing “Sadist/Servant” with a spirited cameo on Tabla Drums, providing a tribal flare.

“‘Sadist/Servant’ one never gets boring,” smiles Tornay. “It’s always in your face and never falls back in the pocket. Danny killed it. He’s playing this really aggressive instrument on the quietest part of the song!”

In the end, these four musicians were always meant for this band. That’s why All Souls is so easy to get lost in.

“When you hear this, I hope you have that experience where you’re just completely inside the music,” Aguilar leaves off. “You can just fall into it.”
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