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Curt Kirkwood

New solo album!
New band!

Read the article in Rolling Stone

Curt Kirkwood's New Meat

Former Puppet readying debut solo album

Former Meat Puppets frontman Curt Kirkwood plans to release his first solo album early next year. The currently untitled work features the singer/guitarist backed by the Texas version of the Puppets (guitarist Kyle Ellison, drummer Shandon Sahm, and bassist Andrew DuPlantis) assembled for 2000's Golden Lies, and many of the tracks began as outtakes of that record.
"I went back and listened to [the tracks] and liked them more than the last Meat Puppets record," Kirkwood says. "I didn't want to continue calling it 'Meat Puppets.' It's kind of a hodgepodge of different recordings -- some that I did in my living room -- so I figured I'd better just call it a 'solo record.'"

Among the tracks slated for the record are "Enemy Love Song," "Nursery Rhyme," "I'm Not You" and Golden Lies' aborted title track. "It actually sounds a little more like the old Meat Puppets," Kirkwood says. "[This lineup] likes to play the more straightforward rock."

Kirkwood has also re-teamed with ex-Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh (the two were bandmates in the short-lived Eyes Adrift) to form a new band called Volcano. "[The producer] says it sounds a lot like Eighties, SST-era, Up On the Sun Meat Puppets. But there's more bouncy rhythms -- we do a lot more stuff that was inspired by the Selecter, the Specials and Bob Marley." The band plans to tour the West Coast in early August.

Missing from Kirkwood's projects is his brother Cris, who co-founded the Meat Puppets with him in 1980 before falling out of the band amid drug problems in the late Nineties. Cris is serving jail time after a violent encounter with a post office security guard. "He got shot in the back, so that fucked him up really good," Curt says. "He has to pay restitution to this guy and he has to serve twenty-eight months. I was telling the guy who is doing the evaluation, 'He is not a criminal, he fell through the cracks, it's your fault, you guys fucked up, you don't take care of your mentally ill,' but ultimately he has to be responsible. And I think he understands that this is a good chance for him."

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Howdy fellow meat puppets fans. Nice to see that the band still have a thriving fanbase. Of course, as long as there are medium for playing music then the meat puppets will have a steady fanbase right?

"[The producer] says it sounds a lot like Eighties, SST-era, Up On the Sun Meat Puppets." Anybody else excited about this?! Are there any websites where I might be able to hear samples anytime soon?

PS - you probably know about it already but I once discovered this huge website with a shitload of live Puppets and I think I have it saved on my favourites if anybody is interested

PPS - my name is Sam (which is incidentally the only puppets song I can't figure the lyrics out for, anybody know them either?)

Happy listening!
you can stay updated at MeatPuppets.com or CurtKirkwood.com.

I posted a link to the Meat Puppets Live Repository earlier in the forum, but perhaps it bares repeating.

Sam lyrics are here.