Stray Mullets have unveiled their personal brand of rockabilly tunes with the release of their debut album Melodies for Maladies.
The Filipino indie rock act dropped their first full-length record, along with some trippy cool visuals, last Friday (04/26) at Mow's in Quezon City. With guitarist Joaquin Negra (a.k.a. JM Naceno), bassist Ichivan Chan (a.k.a. Ivan Garcia), and singer/drummer Johnny Barracuda (a.k.a. JP Concepcion) at the helm, you simply can't go wrong stepping into a Stray Mullets show if you're looking for a good time.
Bandwagon caught up with Stray Mullets for a track-by-track guide of Melodies for Maladies. Read on below.
This was the first original Mullets song ever written, back when Russell Santos (Raul Legarto) was still a member. Intro lick was originally written by Russ but I couldn't play it the same way so I just made up my own to approximate Russell's idea.
Losing My Mind
Written during morning showers in a span of 1 month. Melody first, then lyrics...then the chords and riffs. The lyrics were inspired by the relationship between Harley Quinn and The Joker.
My best attempt to write a song for a Tarantino movie. The lyrics are about overseas Filipino workers.
The first song that we prepared for a gig. We rearranged it to make it sound honky-tonk/Rolling Stones-ish. But now, it already sounds like the Mullets.
I wrote this riff so that Ivan (aka Ichivan Chan) could "slap". It's a total Primus ripoff. The midsection is one of my favorites. JP (aka Johnny Barracuda) and Ivan really took it to a different direction.
The fastest song we wrote. Most of our songs are written and discussed via Viber. So you can say...no Viber, no Stray Mullets.
Keep Your Hands Clean (Baby Cologne)
We've always wanted to write a song that sounded like The Cramps. I came up with this slow sludgy/doomy riff then Ivan suggested that we speed it up...boom! It became a psychobilly song.
Originally written in waltz time signature (3/4) but JP's drum playing was so "punk rock", we had to make a 4/4 version. There was a bridge part; it was like that part in Gloomy Sunday (the Hungarian suicide song) that we left out to make the song less gloomy.
Watch Stray Mullets' 'Showtime, Baby' music video below.