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Schwindy's Indie Music Spotlight: Muck and the Mires "A Cellarful of Muck"

Dirty Water Records is a label from which I have come to expect great things. So when I saw that the new Muck and The Mires album was available from the good people at Dirty Water, I was excited to hear it. And you know something? Dirty Water delivers again.

The album begins with "King of the Beat," which reminds me of Ramones. It's not quite as raw or as punk as Ramones, but it is just straightforward, hard-driving rock and roll with a lot of oooohs and aaahs in the harmony vocals like Ramones gave us in such great quantity.

Overall though, the comparison to Ramones is probably not as strong as comparing this band to The Beat Farmers. This comes through starting with "Right Now." The guitar lends a country twang to the rock sound, just like The Beat Farmers did. "Tear it Down is another song that is reminiscent of the band that featured the legendary Country Dick Montana.

There are loads of songs about lost love and busted relationships. That being said, Muck and the Mires put a unique twist on the classic theme with "Creep You Out." Some of the vocals are "If I can't keep your love, I'm gonna creep you out." I'm not saying I advocate such behavior, but this is a different take on lost love. And it is a super-catchy song.

A Cellarful of Muck (Dirty Water Records, 2011) is a collection of 13 uptempo songs that will get your head moving and your feet tapping. If you like straightforward rock and roll records, this is one you should add to your collection. And then check out the other albums Dirty Water Records offers. I'm sure you'll find a lot of other stuff you'll like.

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