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Hight Tides and Muddy Waters Reviews:

FOUR STARS As the saying goes, “breaking up is hard to do.” And back in 2012 the Philadelphia band The Disgruntled Sherpa Project, that may have been actually disgruntled, broke up. Then the band reformed two years later and went directly to the studio to write and record Blessed Geography.Fast-forward to now and the band whose lineup consists of Joe Boylan (rhythm guitar/slide guitar/banjo/harmonica/organ/keyboard/vocals), Walt Mamaluy (bass/ percussion/ vocals, Reginald DeJesus (lead guitar/vocals), John Vasudevan (drums/congas/ shakers/tambourine) and Matt Jules Rhine (piano/keyboards/vocals) has released High Tides and Muddy Waters a much harder edged and rugged record than anything they’ve done in their lengthy career.

The Disgruntled Sherpa Project returned to the familiar environs of Red Planet Studio to record this record in one long ten hour session in the studio’s live room. It’s an amazing feat, to me at least, because after spending just a few hours straight with any one person I am ready for some alone time. But that’s not the case here as the boys sound as together as ever bringing bright and electric rock songs with the old familiar down and out lyricism they’re known for and have made a record that encapsulates what it’s like to be a person living in today’s world.

The opening track “One Foot in the Grave” is a rambling rocker full of dead pan lyrics, “I took so many drugs that I should be dead” and “I was drinking in a bar with a midget / He said man you’ve had enough I think you should quit.” This rolls into the banjo and fuzzy guitar fueled sing-along “Your Heroes Are All Dead And We’re The Ones Who Killed Them” which also sees the rest of the band chiming in perfectly hitting all the marks and checking all the boxes which is the real power behind the project.

Later we see more of this as the band, acting as a brute force of musical nature, ramps it up on tunes like the nuanced rocker “Everybody Leaves” which builds to a fierce fugue and then winds down to end quietly. The live aspects of these recordings only adds to the fact that these guys know when to step in and step out. And when they are focused on being “one” as a band they can churn out some pretty punchy and awesome tunes like “The Beekeeper and the Elephant” and the one hell of a good time that is “All is Happiness.”

​As a title High Tides and Muddy Waters may conjure images of doom and destruction but the record’s feeling is just the opposite. It is the result of band members weaving their respective instruments in and out of one another in a small space and ending up with a tapestry of songs which will leave listeners moved. -Jamie Robash, Divide and Conquer

DIGITAL KILLED THE RADIO STAR review: Recommended.

High Tides and Muddy Waters: If you like the Black Crowes, maybe even REM, stuff like that you’re gonna like this album…the opening song is really good: ‘One Foot in the Grave’. It’s a really good album. Joe Boylan has a unique voice that I really like. At times he sounds like Stephen Malkmus from Pavement; other times he doesn’t. Go support those guys, give it a listen and buy the physical product.” – David Hudson. Digital Killed the Radio Star Podcast

Bandcamp Review

“DSP’s eleventh studio album to boot, ‘High Tides and Muddy Waters’ delves into classic touchstones of Americana angst and longing, love, loss, and all the disenchantment you’ve seen and heard burning with your own eyes in the country today. If 2018 is a year of dead heroes, DSP’s tracks will kick your ass back into worship mode. With all the blues, rock, folk, and grassroots can-kicking you’ve been waiting on the cusp for, sit back and listen to the guys who are as tired of the bullshit as you are….even if they have the gall to be nice about it.” – Emily Zee.

 

The Beekeeper and the Elephant


Price of an Education

Your Heroes Are All Dead and We’re The Ones Who Killed Them

Hear the first single “One Foot in the Grave” now:

Videos from the 2016 album Catastrophe

Waterline 

Birthday Present

Twisted and Broke