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High Tides and Muddy Waters
Released: November 23, 2018
Joe Boylan: Rhythm guitars, slide guitar, banjo, harmonica, piano, organ, vocals
Walt Mamaluy: Bass, percussion, vocals
Reginald DeJesus: lead guitars, vocals
John Vasudevan: Drums, percussion, backing vocals
Matt Jules Rhine: piano, keyboards, vocals
1. One Foot in the Grave
2. Your Heroes Are All Dead and We’re the Ones Who Killed Them
3. Ol’ Texas Swing
4. Price of an Education
5. Everybody Leaves
6. Old Time Religion
7. Don’t Stop
9. The Beekeeper and the Elephant
10. All Is Happiness
All song copyright 2018 Neithertenzingnorgay Music
Recorded April 2018 – October 2015
Red Planet Clifton Heights, PA
Produced by: The Disgruntled Sherpa Project and Joe Smiley
Mixed and Mastered by Joe Smiley at Red Planet
HIGH TIDES AND MUDDY WATERS, the 11th full length studio album from The Disgruntled Sherpa Project is the most “Americana” sounding album the band has done since 2006’s OLD HAT. Mixing country blues, blues rock, traditional gospel and folk, the album hss an organic, grass roots feel to it.
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
“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.