DESERT PUNKS RETURN WITH “RAT FARM” THEIR 14TH STUDIO ALBUM

For over 30 years, legendary desert punks the Meat Puppets have carved a unique niche for themselves with an unmistakable blend of cosmic country and punk rock filtered through countless acid trips, dog-eared comic books and their eclectic record collections. Along the way they’ve earned the admiration of a pantheon of critics and rock music peers. The certified classics reach back to Meat Puppets I, II, and Up On The Sun and have been book-ended by recent releases Sewn Together and Lollipop. With brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood reunited in 2009 and the 2012 release of the band’s graphic tell-all biography, Too High to Die, the Puppets’ iconic status seems assured. But the drive to create goes on and fire still burns; the band’s live shows and new material, including their 14th studio release, Rat Farm (April 16 release via Megaforce Records), are as colorful, vital and undiluted as ever.

After a visit to Russia to perform later this month, the Meat Puppets will be touring the States from March 28 through April 13 (scroll down for complete dates). They’ll also be making select appearances at SxSW and have confirmed for Primavera Festival in Barcelona in May. The touring band consists of the Kirkwood brothers, singer/guitarist Curt Kirkwood and bassist Cris Kirkwood with drummer Shandon Sahm and new addition on second guitar, Elmo Kirkwood (Curt’s son).

Curt Kirkwood says that fans can expect to hear “real blown-up folk music,” on Rat Farm. Songs like the title track feature the effortless laid-back harmonies, distinctive guitar work and psychedelic, cosmic country sound that they do better than anyone. The Meat Puppets might evolve but their sound is unique – you’ll never mistake them for anyone else, nor anyone else for them, despite their influence. And they make what they do look easy considering that they’re deceptively accomplished players.

“I tried to write stuff that would stand on its own — just the chords and the melodies, and play it kind of straight,” he says of the Rat Farm material. “I think that was the guiding boundary that I gave myself. It was one of those things where a lot of times, in the past especially, Cris would go, ‘Well, that’s all there is? Let’s put a prog rock part in the middle.’ But I tried to hold it off as much as I could.”

It’s those instincts — knowing when to be understated, the confidence that comes with decades of honing your craft — that keep the Meat Puppets pure and relevant. Their sound will never go out of style because they invented their drug-fueled, sunbaked, country-tinged sound. Accept no substitutes.

The World Takes (DJ Bonebrake from X)

STEPHEN MAGLIO - Guitar, Vocals

stephen maglio is a musical nut ball who defies not description, but worthiness of it. it really doesn't matter what the fuck he has done or is doing - just listen to the music from the collective he leads called "the world takes". he also leads several other bands including "the pigeon sisters", "every ten seconds in america", "the footprint of the american chicken" and "it's only fucking music terry lyne".

JIM STAGER - Bass, Vocals

jjim stager grew up in the philadelphia area where he played bass since grade school. he was voted most nerdy musician and was voted most likely to teach marching band oboe in his senior year of high school. boy were they wrong! his coolness started playing electric bass guitar with the blistering power punk band the balls. he later had a successful run in 'huffamoose" a sassy-smart pop rock powerhouse that spawned major label releases as well as successful us tours and an award winning documentary. he is making a true mark with "the world takes" - a spectacular diverse ass kicking collective of musicians led by the musical nutcase stephen maglio.

DJ BONEBRAKE - Drums

Donald James Bonebrake (yes, that is his real name) grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. He began drumming at the age of 12 and studied classical and traditional music while playing in various rock n roll bands. After several years of touring and recording with the band X took a brief hiatus and DJ began earnestly building his reputation as a talented and dependable live performance and session musician, playing drums, percussion, and mallet instruments with a variety of musicians and music groupsToday, in addition to playing drums, DJ is gaining a reputation as a talented vibraphonist, playing in both jazz and rock and roll settings.

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