Sound Check
Vol. 1, Issue 11, March 1996

The Mudkats

IF, AMIDST THE POST-NIRVANA BLITZKRIEG OF IMITATION-SEATTLE ACTS, you remain a steadfast fan of college bands reminiscent of early R.E.M., or maybe the BoDeans, you'll appreciate an evening with The Mudkats.

Every aspect of this band's performance is consistently light, from the chord progressions and tone, to their casual dress and commentary. The Mudkats, an all-male trio, adorns the stage with drums, a bass, electric and acoustic guitars. The acoustic guitar lay untouched during the show, and lead vocalist/guitarist Eric Friedmann relied on the typically crisp sound of a Fender Telecaster. With drummer Scotty Van Schoick behind him, Friedmann was flanked by bassist Jon Luini on a Rickenbacker whose notes tended to stray from convention and follow along with the melody. Without showy guitar licks or outrageous displays of virtuoso musicianship, The Mudkats display the well-coordinated sound of a tight band.

Their repertoire consists of mostly original songs, devoid of any angry political statements or depressing emotional outpouring. The lyrics are easygoing, similar to the music and attitude. They managed to fit in a long medley of cover tunes with some light-hearted free jamming-and what appeared to be an audience favorite, "Smoke Two Joints".

As a bar band, The Mudkats provide a fun, no-frills performance.

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