Not but a few moments after listening the fade-out of “Whistling Song,” the final track off their 1984 masterpiece Meat Puppets II (SST/Rykodisc), I read the updated show listings for the Windjammer and got shock: the Meat Puppets are confirmed for a show the IOP venue on Sat. July 21!

[image-1]Considered by many to be the greatest band to emerge from the underground scene of the early 1980s, the Meat Puppets first played together in their hometown of Phoenix, Arizona in early 1980. Brothers Cris Kirkwood (bass) and Curt Kirkwood (guitar and vocals) and drummer Derrik Bostrom (all three are pictured above from back in the late ’80s) were simultaneously attracted to hardcore’s energy and opposed to its rigid dictums.

From their classic seven-inch EP In A Car and their heyday at the influential SST label (alongside Black Flag, Hüsker Dü, and Minutemen) to their last one on London Records (to whom they signed in 1990), the Meat Puppets created a genre-defying sound combining high-lonesome country, full-throttle punk and psychedelia, and improvisational guitar rock, mixed with liberal dashes of gonzo comedy.

After a nearly five-year hiatus (during which Curt relocated to Austin, Derrik went to New York City and Curt struggled with drug addiction in Phoenix), the Pups came back with a short-lived lineup in 2001.


Now, with Cris back in the band and a new drummer named Ted Marcus, the revived Puppets (pictured below) are set to release a new studio album titled Rise to Your Knees on the Kansas City indie label Anodyne Records this July. Heck yeah.

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