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With keys, bass and drums, Chicago trio Mutts began making a name for itself with a powerhouse sound that Loud Loop Press described as “what Queens of the Stone Age would sound like if they ditched the guitars and started playing some dirty sounding organs.” After three EPs and two full-lengths loaded with that distorted, garagey vibe, Mutts changed up everything and released Object Permanence this past April, showcasing a new approach that stripped away most of the overdriven dirt in favor of a cleaner, piano-based sound. Not that they’ve turned into Billy Joel or anything — Object Permanence is still Mutts music, soulful, uniquely arranged and more than a little offbeat.
YDIIYD: Dr. John, Randy Newman, Tom Waits. (MB)