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Song Premiere: "To That Funny Place" by The Muffs

The Muffs
4 September 2019

The Muffs – Photo courtesy of The Muffs

Indie garage rock band The Muffs made big waves in the 1990s with their fuzzed-up guitar sound, catchy tunes, and lead singer (and songwriter and guitarist) Kim Shattuck’s growly-sweet exclamations. Now the band is returning with a totally new album, No Holiday, which is slated for release on October 18th via Omnivore Recordings.

Omnivore Recordings is a fitting place for the release of No Holiday because that label recently reissued the Muffs’ three acclaimed first LPs: The Muffs, Blonder and Blonder, and Happy Birthday to Me.

No Holiday contains 18 tracks and will be released on CD, digital, and a 2-LP set (with laser-etched fourth side). It’s The Muffs’ first new record in five years and a celebration of everything the band has always stood for, and continues to stand for.

Bassist Ronnie Barnett explains, “It could have easily been aptly called The Many Moods of the Muffs. All of our strengths: melody, big rock, sweetness, nastiness . . . All on display and readily apparent. The three of us, after all these years, are a family. The love between us is well represented here.”

Kim Shattuck adds, “I wrote the songs between 1991 and 2017. We decided to have a long album and use songs that had been in my arsenal…We didn’t want them to go to waste. No way!”

Drummer Roy McDonald concludes, “I think No Holiday is the most unique album we’ve ever made — 18 songs that run the spectrum from full-blown productions to intimate home recordings. This was a labor of love for us and I think that comes out in the record.”

The Big Takeover is totally stoked to be hosting the premiere of “To That Funny Place”, track #10 on No Holiday. It’s a laid-back and introspective slice of power pop that features Shattuck’s wistful, sing-song vocals, barely aged by time, surrounded by cool, layered harmonies, a winding and stinging guitar line, low-end bass, upbeat tambourine jingle, and punchy drum beats. A lovely sonic morsel to savor as part of the tasty smorgasbord that is No Holiday.

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