Release Date: 21 September 2013
Format: LP Four Vinyl
|Gov't Mule Shout Limited 4LP Box Set+Bottle Opener+Beer Mat
Few bands have a reputation for making music as consistently honest, organic and daring as Gov’t Mule. Now the enduring group fronted by visionary singer-guitarist Warren Haynes returns with their first album in four years ‘Shout!’, a breath-taking, exploratory 4LP set to be released on September 23 by Provogue Records.
“This album puts a spotlight on the songs and the way that we interpret them, which hinges on the unique chemistry we’ve developed as a band” explains Haynes, who along with Mule co-founder and drummer Matt Abts, multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis and bassist Jorgen Carlsson charted Shout!’s adventurous contours.
Shout!’s second disc shines a beam on a guest list of famed interpreters Elvis Costello, Dr John, Ben Harper, Toots Hibbert, Glenn Hughes, Jim James, Myles Kennedy, Dave Matthews, Grace Potter, Ty Taylor and Steve Winwood, who each delivered an alternate vocal performance of one of the first disc’s new Gov’t Mule tunes.
“No one’s done this before, which is exciting” says Haynes, “but it’s even more exciting actually listening to these artists sing our songs. Their performances bring new ideas, energy and sometimes even different meanings to every number.” Plus ‘Shout!’ offers some of the most extraordinary playing in Gov’t Mule’s rich, sonically colourful history. And the album’s incredible scope ranges from the suite-like epic ‘Bring On The Music’ to the snarling punk rock anthem ‘Funny Little Tragedy’ to the soul-reggae testifier ‘Scared To Live’.
The inventive and incendiary musical performances throughout both discs spring from the jazz-like philosophy and creative language the Mule’s members have developed together. They’re the rare rock ‘n’ roll group with an improvisational heartbeat, which allows all four musicians to expand on the songs’ themes in non-formulaic ways. That quality distinguishes the finest jazz, blues and rock recordings of the ’50s and ’60s, but is largely absent in modern music.
No wonder fans of the Grammy nominated band have come to expect nothing less than the virtuosity, intelligence and breadth that propels ‘Shout!’.