Boston’s Muck And The Mires made a very special trip to Southern California recently in order to perform at Bar Pink Elephant in San Diego on 8/8/08 and then at the “Mondo Hollywood Garage Band ” Festival at Knitting Factory in Hollywood on 8/9/08.  For those of you who are not familiar with Muck and enjoy early Beatles-styled songs with some “oompf,” it is imperative that you know about this band RIGHT NOW!!!  If you have a chance to see them play live, DO NOT MISS IT!!!  I’ve been a fan and supporter of Muck And The Mires since the beginning and it was my pleasure to have attended both shows and spend some quality time with the guys…and girl.  Oh yeah…their drummer is a woman…and she is one of the best drummers I have ever witnessed.  She’s THAT good.  I’ve dubbed her the “Joan Jett of the drums.”

Muck And The Mires documented their trip out West and made a little video diary for your viewing pleasure.  Check out the YouTube footage below.  You will see legendary music man Kim Fowley, Bruce Wayne’s office and West Hollywood landmark, Barney’s Beanery.  It’s great when musicians are cinematic geniuses too.   

In the very early days, Muck And The Mires would pretend to be from Canada, say “Ay” between songs and play Beatles “Cavern Club” styled music, but with way more hooks.  Over the next couple of years, they refined their sound and gained noteriety around the Northeast.  After winning Little Steven’s Best Garage Band contest in 2004, they were catapulted into the upper stratosphere of Garageband Land and that’s the where they’ve been ever since…and deservedly so.

BUT…I want to make it abundantly clear that Muck And The Mires are so much more than just a “Garage Band.”  Songwriter Evan Shore (AKA “Joey Muccarino” or “Muck”) is one of the foremost authorities on Sixties music and, in particular, the classic songwriting style that was introduced by The Beatles.  The Music Theorist in me forces me to describe Evan as a “great practitioner of functional harmony in the ‘Pop’ music sense,” which is a huge compliment in my book.  Evan’s craftmanship has made him one of my favorite songwriters.

Bar Pink Elephant Show: Friday – August 8, 2008 (San Diego)

This was a great night for Muck And The Mires.  It was their first live date in San Diego and their performance was nothing less than a professional stage show that knocked everyone’s socks off.  I filmed the entire set with Evan Shore’s digital video camera, so let’s hope that they post the footage in its entirety very soon (they used a couple of snippets in the YouTube footage above.)  There is no immune system that can withstand the infectious sound of this band in the live setting…it’s undeniable.   

“Mondo Hollywood Garage Band” Festival: Saturday – August 9, 2008 (Hollywood)

This 2-day “festival” turned out to be a debacle for the promoters (I’m positive about that,) but I am very happy to report that Muck And The Mires were the best band on the Saturday bill, turning in another energetic and polished set that made almost everyone shake a little, including this blogger.  Sure…Mary Weiss, the legendary lead vocalist from The Shangri-Las, was on the bill, playing LA for the first time, and so was Magic Christian, a garage band supergroup of sorts, consisting of Cyril Jordan (Flamin’ Groovies,) Clem Burke (Blondie,) and Eddie Munoz (The Plimsouls,) but neither couldn’t compete with Muck’s stage show on this night.  Kim Fowley was the Emcee and his zany musical descriptions are always fun to hear.

Speaking of Kim Fowley, he co-produced Muck And The Mires’ latest full-length effort, called “Hypnotic,” along with Maria Baglien  The record has not been released yet, but I managed to get my hands on a copy a while back.  I like it a lot…really, A LOT.     

Now…Go get yourself all mucked up.

Yours truly,

Chris Cormier