By Debbie Steir
Wes Scantlin has been delighting as well as disappointing fans since forming Puddle of Mudd in Missouri in 1991. I tend to liken Puddle of Mudd fans to NY Giants fans – a tenacious lot that never give up hope and remain loyal. I have seen this man give a kick ass performance and then three months later have a meltdown performance during the same tour. He did his usual forget the words and then walk off stage. Pissed me off to no end. Didn’t even perform ‘Drift and Die’. Maybe if he did, I would have been more forgiving, but I digress. I got over it and ten years later there I was a ticket holder for the “Resurrection Tour” (2018) not knowing what to expect having just recently read about his one year of sobriety. Front row center I witnessed a great show put on by a man struggling with his demons yet determined to keep his shit in a bag in front of a capacity crowd. When it was over, I found myself wondering how long it would last. I know I’m a bit harsh.
Well, here I am a year later reviewing “Welcome to Galvania” – Puddle of Mudd’s first album in ten years released 13 September via Pavement Entertainment. Welcome to Galvania debuted at #21 on iTunes Charts and is comprised of eight new songs plus a “clean” version of ‘Uh Oh’ – the first single released off the album. You can find the official music video for this tune here and it’s pretty funny. If you like ‘She Fucking Hates Me’, you should enjoy this one.
The music writing is still top-notch. This album is loaded with catchy riffs, fun choruses and those light-hearted self-deprecating lyrics that I have come to love over the years; yet, it somehow feels different to me. This new music feels like it’s coming from a different place now. Honestly, I wasn’t digging it on first listen; however, I’m finding the more I listen to this album the more it grows on me. Am I going to be able to accept this new man and his new band?
I now have the chance to test myself. I’ll be covering Muddfest 2019 September 22 in Orlando, Florida, at Ace Cafe. I have always loved the fact that PoM plays these smaller venues as well as the large arenas. Judging from social media posts from this tour in support of the new album and new life is going splendidly. Joining Puddle of Mudd on this tour is Trapt, Tantric, Saving Abel, and Saliva (lineup is subject to change). Upcoming tour dates can be found here and you can get your copy of Welcome to Galvania as well as a bunch of other good stuff here. Fingers crossed I’ll hear “Drift and Die” this time around.
- You Don’t Know
- Go to Hell
- Diseased Almost
- My Kinda Crazy
- Time of Our Lives
- Just Tell Me
- Kiss It All Goodbye
- Slide Away
- Uh-Oh (clean version)
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