The Phoenix, Arizona band released their first album, the self-titled debut in 1982, and released new albums, almost non-stop every year until 1995’s No Joke! But, their notoriety comes from Nirvana covering them, and inviting members of the band out to play with them during their MTV Unplugged In New York album. Shortly after they had a hit with the song “Backwater”, and then came a series of on again, off again breakups, and reunions before the brothers Kirkwood decided to get back together again in 2006. This year will see the release of the band’s 15th studio album, as a result they have sent along a press release for the new album, tour and video for the track Warranty. Check out the information below:
MEAT PUPPETS’ original lineup, Curt and Cris Kirkwood and returning drummer Derrick Bostrom, have a released a video for “Warranty” off their upcoming album, Dusty Notes (March 8 / Megaforce). The Puppets’ US tour begins April 4 in Mill Valley, CA, marking the lineup’s first run since 1995’s No Joke!. Tickets are on sale now.
The Dusty Notes vinyl LP will be available in three versions:
• An early “bootleg” black vinyl in a white jacket, limited and numbered to 300 units (March 1)
• Zia Records exclusive swamp / olive splatter, and the standard vinyl is swamp / olive (March 8)
• ‘Standard’ swamp / olive vinyl (March 8) available for preorder here.
The band’s 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 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 Cris. “Mind-blowing.”
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 Notesalso 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.”
Dusty Notes Tour
+ Neil Hamburger
^ All Souls
# Sumo Princess, Stephen Maglio
April 4 Mill Valley, CA Sweetwater Music Hall +
April 5 San Francisco, CA The Independent +
April 6 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour ^
April 7 San Diego, CA Soda Bar ^
May 8 New York, NY Mercury Lounge #
May 9 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl #
May 10 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts #
May 11 Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Lanes #
May 13 Woodstock, NY Colony #
May 14 Hamden, CT Space Ballroom #
May 15 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall #
May 16 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall #
May 17 Portsmouth, NH 3S Artspace #
May 18 Jersey City, NJ White Eagle Music Hall #