Love is in the air in metro Detroit, just in time for the Valentine’s Day Massacre at Ferndale’s Magic Bag on Saturday, 2/15. On deck for the night are, The Muggs, Amy Gore & Her Valentines, The Hatchetmen and Audra Kubat. Massacre headliners, blues-rock trio, The Muggs, consisting of vocalist and guitarist Danny Methric, bassist Tony DeNardo and drummer Todd Glass, caught up with us to discuss the upcoming show and some projects to look forward to.
“It’s our first time in a couple years playing at the Magic Bag,” says Methric. “So we’re really excited.”
All of the bands on the bill have shared the stage with The Muggs at some point in their 14-year career, and they’re always glad to play shows with friends.
“Audra is one of my all time favorites in this town,” says DeNardo. “Any excuse to get her on the bill is special. She is the Judy Collins of Detroit.”
It’s not just Detroit musicians that The Muggs are faithful to, but metro Detroit venues as well. They’ve toured through the United States and Europe, playing plenty of festivals, and even placed in the top 10 on FOX’s short lived “The Next Great American Band” in 2007. But the Muggs always enjoy coming back to Detroit. They’ve played Arts, Beats and Eats and Winter Blast in the past, and they’ve made regular appearances at the Magic Stick, PJ’s Lager House, and they’re looking forward to playing at Ferndale’s The Loving Touch. The Mugg’s 2013 live album, Full Tilt was even recorded at the Cadieux Café, the place that DeNardo refers to as “The Muggs’ heart and soul.”
Detroit really does appreciate the presence of The Muggs. Channel 4 WDIV just awarded them Best Original Rock Band of 2013. They’ve also won Best Rock Band at the Detroit Music Awards in 2008 and 2013 and their sophomore album, On With The Show won Outstanding Rock Album at the DMA’s in 2009. Methric picked up an Outstanding Instrumentalist in 2008, and this past year, so did DeNardo.
“[It’s] arguable,” says DeNardo. “See Jim Simonson, Chuck Bartels or Chad Stoker for real bass guitar, but I am humbled.”
Since the release of Full Tilt, the Muggs have been touring pretty extensively and focusing on their upcoming LP. It’s been a couple of years since they’ve been in the studio, so they’re pretty stoked about starting that up again.
“I’ve actually been recording riffs and ideas all afternoon,” says Methric. “I’ve been bringing ideas to Tony and Todd. We always try to outdo ourselves from record to record.” They have studio time booked in April and are hoping to have their LP on vinyl in time for their fall European tour. They’ll also be touring the Midwest this spring, so the Valentine’s Day Massacre might be their last local show for a while.
“It’s always difficult for us to ignore SXSW [and] East and West coasts but being an independent band has its pluses and minuses,” says DeNardo. “We’ve made some good homes at venues in Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and West Virginia.
“We’re really happy with where we’re at,” says Methric. “We have a really nice, good core fanbase. Hopefully they like the records as much as we like playing and recording them.”
The Muggs are on Spotify and Pandora, and are listed on all AMI Internet jukeboxes across the United States. So be sure to check that out when you’re clutching your dollar trying to decide what to make the whole bar listen to.
“Support local music,” says DeNardo, “Not for us, but to discover something new and support your metro Detroit community. As far as I can see, we’re all in this together.”
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