The Legendary Meat Puppets Announce Spring U.S. Tour
They will soon release album of new material Sewn Together on Megaforce Records
Everyone from Nirvana to Pavement to Stone Temple Pilots cite Meat Puppets as one of the most significant American bands.
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The highly influential Meat Puppets started as a punk rock band, but established their own unique style, blending punk with country and psychedelic rock. Meat Puppets later gained significant exposure when the Kirkwood brothers served as guest musicians on Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance in 1993. The band's subsequent album Too High to Die went gold, selling over 500,000 albums, and became their most successful release. The band reunited in 2006.
Recorded at The Saltmine in Phoenix, Arizona in winter 2009, their new album Sewn Together features brothers Cris and Curt Kirkwood, with drummer Ted Marcus. Sewn Together will be released May 12, 2009 on Megaforce Records.
For the new album, Curt and Cris chose a home town studio that offered analog process to help add purity. And with production helmed by Curt, creative freedom arrived du jour. With no contrived map to follow, the best friend of artistry - spontaneity - governed. Indeed, going into the studio, only Curt knew what songs he planned to cut. The label didn't ask, and neither did the band. When the guiding minstrel is as honed and proven as Curt, it is both easy and incumbent to roll with the pitch.
With the resulting new album, the Puppets ambitiously dart the melodic spectrum between buoyant pop structures, like album-opener "Sewn Together" and the grand sweep of "Clone", two of the precision-perfect gems that will come to represent this record as a keeper. The album rides to close in pure pop fashion. The infectious "Love Mountain", a song that hearkens back better than a decade, at last weaving itself free of Curt's inner awareness, emerges taut yet jangly enough to please George Harrison and George Martin.
Looking ahead to May '09, the Puppets start the first leg of extensive road work celebrating the new record, but as with every Puppets' tour, the show will be certain to range over the course of performance afforded it by the Puppets' endearingly adventurous career. The Sewn Together tour kicks off May 12 in Los Angeles.
05.12 - The Mint - Los Angeles, CA
05.27 - Waterfront Park - Louisville, KY
05.28 - Blueberry Hill - St Louis, MO
05.29 - High Noon - Madison, WI
05.30 - Schubas - Chicago, IL
05.31 - Schubas - Chicago, IL
06.02 - Radio Radio - Indianapolis, IN
06.03 - The Summit - Columbus, OH
06.04 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
06.05 - Mr Smalls - Pittsburgh, PA
06.06 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
06.07 - Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY
06.09 - Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
06.10 - Paradise - Boston, MA
06.11 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
06.12 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
06.13 - Rock n Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
06.14 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
06.16 - The Earl - Altanta, GA
06.17 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN
06.19 - Cambridge Room - Dallas, TX
06.20 - The Parish - Austin, TX