is the latest and greatest studio album created by a band of
friends from Vancouver British Columbia Canada called The Smugglers.
"Mutiny In Stereo"
was recorded in the blazing Vancouver summer of 2003 at an easy pace. No
hard deadlines, no clock-watching, no stress, and it shows. The album is a
sharp, relaxed, raucous album stacked with eleven hook-filled rock’n’roll
songs. "Mutiny In Stereo" is self-produced and contains all original
material, two firsts for Los Schmugs. The album is also an enhanced CD,
containing all four of the Smugglers videos and a hilarious “Making Of”
Many of the songs
included on "Mutiny In Stereo" hold a special place in the heart of the
Smugglers. "Pirate Ships", the buzzsaw attack that kick-starts the record,
is a metaphor for the insurgent survival of rock ‘n’ roll:
"Nick wrote that one"
says lead singer Grant Lawrence. "It’s actually already one of my favourite
Smugglers songs we’ve ever done. It’s so exciting to play. Back in the late
50s and early 60s, rock’n’roll was essentially banned from the airwaves in
Great Britain so these pirate radio ships would anchor themselves off the
coast of England and Wales and spin records, blasting it back to shore. Kids
would hide under their covers and listen to forbidden rock music on their
homemade transistor radios. Nick’s uncle in Wales told us that story and we
were so energized by it, the song was written almost instantly".
The lead off single
and video for "Mutiny In Stereo" is the scorching garage rocker
"Nick actually came
in with that song the day before we were to record the album" explains
lovable Smugglers bassist Beez. "We were like ‘Nick! You idiot! Weíre
recording TOMORROW!’ I was going to refuse entirely because I have enough
trouble remembering songs that we’ve done for years, but he insisted and
amazingly, the song came together right away and it just clicked. Each of us
sings a verse. Of course it turns out to be the single!"
A classic song from
the Smugglers "vaults" appears on "Mutiny In Stereo":
"Mach 1" actually
originally came out back in 1994 on an album of our called "Wet Pants Club"
explains guitarist Nick Thomas. "There were only about 2000 copies made and
those were primarily sold in Spain. We’ve always totally loved this "Mach 1"
song Dave wrote ten years ago about the car with the tiny back window
roaring through the Rockies. We brought it back in the set and it was
sounding so good we re-recorded it. Dan from Destroyer insisted we include
on the record".
Making its recorded
debut on "Mutiny In Stereo" is "Don’t Mess With Beez", a live favourite from
the past couple of years:
"Yeah, that song is
stupidly fun to play and gets everybody going, band and audience" says Grant
Lawrence. "The danceable pace of the song is in classic Sonics style. We got
this Scottish skinhead guy to play sax. And of course itís all about Beez,
by far the most popular Smuggler, much to my chagrin. The verses basically
chronicle some of Beez’ more outrageous adventures. Since he’s spent the
last six months in India while this record was being manufactured, I’m sure
we’ll have to do a "Donít Mess With Beez" part two pretty soon. What rhymes
with “violent diarrhea?"
With the release of
"Mutiny In Stereo", expect the Smugglers to take their world-renowned live
attack to a town near you. Expect smashing Smugglers appearances in 2004 and
05 at Canadian Music Week, South By Southwest, CMJ, and the Halifax Pop
all the lyrics to our latest and greatest and the lyrics to all our
earlier efforts, click here.
[ Discography ] [ Mutiny In Stereo ] [ Tour Dates ] [ BIO ] [ Diarya ] [ Latest News ] [ Gallery ] [ Merchy ] [ Contacts ]