New Signing: Mugstar
We are delighted to announce the signing of krautrock/psych influenced band Mugstar. Formed in Liverpool in 2002, their first single, “Spotlight Over Memphis“, drew attention from John Peel, who played the 7″ on his radio show. It was after the next 7″, “Flavin’ HotRod“, that Peel offered the band a Peel Session. A split 7″ with Hunting Lodge followed and saw Mugstar sign to Kabukikore Records, a mini-album “Dark Matter“, came next, closely followed by a session for BBC Radio One‘s Huw Stephens. In January 2006 the band released “My Baby Skull Has Not Yet Flowered“.
The band’s self-titled debut album was released on CD at the end of 2006 on Sea Records, and on Critical MASS Records as a limited run of heavy weight vinyl in 2007. Mugstar then started a productive relationship with Ireland-based Trensmat Records with a run of limited 7″ singles. One of these releases was a split 7″ with Seattle’s Mudhoney, with both bands doing covers of Hawkwind songs. During this time Red Panda and Mugstar featured on a one-sided 10″ single, each performing half of “Tam Lin“, a song made famous by Fairport Convention.
2009 saw Mugstar sign to Important Records, who then released “…Sun, Broken…” CD in March 2010 and their third album, “Lime“, was released also on CD in November 2010. For Record Store Day 2011 Mugstar contributed a cover of “I Got the Six” by ZZ Top for “I’m So Agitated“, a 12” also featuring Carlton Melton, The Heads and Kool Aid, on Agitated Records. The “Lime” album got its vinyl release through Agitated Records in September 2011. These were followed by a split album on Rocket Recordings with New York’s Oneida – called “Collisions 2” – and a 40 minute remix of “Serra” (from “Lime“) by Loop‘s Robert Hampson.
The band’s “Ad Marginem” – Original Film Soundtrack. Vinyl album with DVD, was released in September 2012. The film / album launch was celebrated with Mugstar performing the soundtrack live to film screenings, at Liverpool’s Bluecoat and Rough Trade East in London.
The release of the band’s fifth album, “Axis“, followed in late 2012, a year later in April 2013 they performed a radio session for Marc Riley on his BBC 6 Music evening show.
For Record Store Day 2013 Mugstar released “Centralia” their sixth album on the Cardinal Fuzz label.
Mugstar released “Start from Zero” a live album – recorded with Krautrock legend Damo Suzuki of Can in Liverpool, summer 2012 – on Important Records in January 2015.
2016 saw Mugstar sign and release the double album: “Magnetic Seasons” on Mogwai‘s Rock Action Records.