American southern rock band Gov’t Mule have released their latest single ‘Stone Cold Rage’. Formed in 1994 by The Allman Brothers members Warren Haynes and the late Allen Woody, the long-running jam band are about to release their 10th studio album titled ‘Revolution Come… Revolution Go’ on June 9th via Fantasy Records.
The fiery lead single captures the outfit’s blend of rock, blues, funk and soul that we can expect to hear from their upcoming record. Throughout their impressive career, the band has undergone several lineup changes, but continues to expand upon this signature mix of stylistic approaches, and the new album builds on that premise by being “the most diverse record we’ve ever made,” as Haynes puts it. Their previous studio effort ‘Shout!’ saw them collaborating with 11 vocalists including Elvis Costello, Jim James, Myles Kennedy, Dr. John, and Steve Winwood – and they’re known for bringing together guest performers in the past, such as a dream team of bassists for ‘The Deep End, Vol. 1’ and ‘The Deep End, Vol. 2’, including Jack Bruce (Cream), John Entwistle (The Who), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Mike Gordon (Phish), Les Claypool (Primus), and Chris Squire (Yes). Now, they’re keeping guests to a minimum, focusing instead on the chemistry between current members Warren Haynes, Matt Abts, Danny Louis, and Jorgen Carlsson. But as they’ve proved in the past, they always have fresh and exciting ideas to present.
GIGsoup caught up with Gov’t Mule to talk about their new single, the inspirations behind the album and their future plans.
Marcus King (the Marcus King Band) is my favorite new artist. Aside from being a great guitar player he is an amazing singer and a wonderful songwriter. All at age 21. He has a bright future ahead of him.
It’s very important to me that each record be different from the last while still not drifting too far from where we started. The large array of influences we borrow from have a common thread of being timeless. We are influenced by so many different types of music that there is never a shortage of inspiration.
It started with the main riff which inspired the lyric and melody which came almost simultaneously. We added the middle instrumental section later as the song started to take shape. Lyrically, it’s a little tongue in cheek but deals with the fact that, whichever way the election went, approximately half of the nation was gonna be pissed off. “Mama’s gonna be a martyr”.
‘Stone Cold Rage’ sounds relevant in the age of President Trump. Would describe your new album as political, as the title suggests? Is that something different for the band?
All of our records, starting with the first one, have political connotations. This one may have a little more or may be perceived that way based on everybody’s hyper-awareness of what’s going on which is that our country is more divided than I’ve seen in my adult life. Having said that-no, it’s not a political record. There are a few political songs but many more about life in general, relationships, and reflection which stems a lot from this being our first record after celebrating 20 years as a band.
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Only in the way that we began recording on election day, thinking like everyone else that Trump couldn’t win. After being jolted by the news we dove headfirst into the music. Maybe we were even more focused as a result.
We will be touring for the next year or so and anyone who knows our history knows that every show is a different set list. Adding 15 new songs to the repertoire is exciting and I look forward to seeing how they grow over time but we will also be pulling out a lot of older stuff that we haven’t done in a long time.