KING MUD (FEATURING LEFT LANE CRUISER’S FREDDY J IV & BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES’ VAN CAMPBELL) DEBUT STUDIO ALBUM “VICTORY MOTEL SESSIONS” OUT NOW ON CD, DIGITAL AND LIMITED EDITION SPLATTERED VINYL VIA ALIVE NATURALSOUND RECORDS!
Main Photo: KING MUD’s Freddy J IV and Van Campbell (photo: Robert Matheu)
King Mud is Van Campbell from the Black Diamond Heavies and Freddy J IV from Left Lane Cruiser. They joined forces in Los Angeles for a marathon session that gave birth to an album of hard blues, blue-eyed soul, heavy rock and feedback – Victory Motel Sessions.
They’re also joined by Radio Moscow’s guitar extraordinaire Parker Griggs on a couple of indelible rockers. In addition to their eight original tracks, King Mud also turn in rousing covers of both Wilko Johnson’s “Keep It Out Of Sight” and The Troggs’ “I Can Only Give You Everything.”
If you dig the bands these musicians come from you’ll love this record!
HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT KING MUD’S VICTORY MOTEL SESSIONS:
“Blues don’t come any deeper, any harder, any sleazier, or any better than this.” – MAD MACKEREL
[5 out of 5] “This album is filled with groovy songs that just beg to be blared from windows. Get this album, crank the volume, and enjoy.” – EXAMINER
“The kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll is tough to miss, much of it like a swift kick to the face. There are riff-happy scorchers, twangy, winding jams, and everything in between to please electric guitar fans on either side of the Mississippi River.” – CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“… a high-decibel fusion of hard rock and urban blues that’s dirty, distorted and full of swagger.” – Mark Deming / iTUNES
“Left Lane Cruiser and Black Diamond Heavies men team up for King Mud. Result = dirty blues” – MAXIMUM VOLUME MUSIC
“King Mud’s Victory Motel Sessions is an early runner for album of the year already” – Nigel Cartner / SONIC BANDWAGON
“King Mud’s two-man attack helps the band sound focused and tight on Victory Motel Sessions… the album’s stripped-down approach, focusing on plenty of guitar fireworks and muscular percussion grooves, should certainly go over well with interested members of the stoner rock community.” – ALLMUSIC
[8 out of 10] “Raw blues the way it should be played. This album stands out from the crowd.” – VIVE LE ROCK
“The blues meets Johnny Satan in a motel and they duke it out. Victory Motel Sessions is that soundtrack.” – WINNEPEG FREE PRESS
“The band’s crunchy chords and sound that’s deep rooted in blues rock can be heard on the song we’re premiering in the form of ‘Back It Up.’ Channeling vintage Mississippi blues, the song may sound simple, but if you listen deep, you can hear a couple of musicians kicking back and having a great time” – PURE VOLUME
“Left Lane Cruiser’s Freddy J IV’s guitar work is maturing at an alarming rate, as is his songwriting. King Mud’s Victory Motel Sessions [with Black Diamond Heavies’ Van Campbell] may be his best album yet.” –GLACIALLY MUSICAL
“Twist one up and enjoy stoner blues-rock supergroup King Mud’s latest Victory Motel Sessions.” – THE BIG TAKEOVER
“Rugged, raw, heavy blues. King Mud manage to combine the best elements of their respective bands into some of the most honest, inspired gutbucket blues-rock you’re likely gonna hear this year.” – SOMETHING ELSE!
“… a surprisingly vigorous blues-rock record.” – MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
“Fans of the Black Keys will like this smoldering slab of stoner rock.” – CELEBSTONER
“Sorry, James Ellroy readers. King Mud’s debut is not named after the L.A. noir author’s notorious Mobster Squad base. But it easily could have been — greasy, gritty, grim and gravelly, these blasts of barnburning blues-rock from Freddy J IV and Van Campbell hit every bit as hard as Bud White and Dudley Smith working over a suspect. Grand, lads.” – TORONTO SUN
King Mud’s Victory Motel Sessions is out now on CD, digital and limited edition splattered vinyl through Alive Naturalsound Records.
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