The Georgia surf-Western duo share one of their “drunk porch songs,” a deceptively jaunty tune about a prostitute and her pimp/lover, from their upcoming album Bad News Darlin', set for a June 12 release.
Georgia duo Andrea & Mud's songs, both musically and lyrically, have a cinematic feel, like they should be part of the score of a gritty drive-in flick, so it's no surprise to see Quentin Tarantino and spaghetti westerns mentioned almost as often as other musical acts in stories about the band. With twangy, reverb-soaked guitar and pedal-steel melodies and galloping drum rhythms, the band at times follows in the footsteps — surfs in the wake? — of Junior Brown and Marty Stuart and the Superlatives. The contrasting and intertwining vocals of Andrea Colburn and Kyle "Mud" Moseley (nicknamed for the wet clay he often sported at open mics after ceramics classes in college) bring to mind classic Americana acts like Shovels & Rope or even June Carter and Johnny Cash. On "Hellhounds," the eerie hum of a theremin and creeping stand-up bass behind Colburn as she sings about devil dogs and the exchange of her soul at a crossroads would not be out of place at a rockabilly Halloween party.
"This is a fun-lovin’ narrative about a prostitute and a complicated relationship with her pimp/lover ...it’s not at all about selling cars," the band says in press material sent with the song. "It’s about selling women. And let's be clear...this is not a true story. We are not condoning prostitution by any means, we just love songs with a double meaning. Can't remember for the life of us how this song came about except for the fact that we wanted a song called 'Easy, Sleazy and Greazy' (a la Led Zeppelin with "Houses of the Holy") and this was supposed to be it. This was during a time in which we were writing almost all of our songs on the back porch of our old house in Hickory Flat, GA, with a bottle (or 3) of wine, lots of weed, and even more cigarettes. They’re all kinda blurry, but we are generally happy with what became of these 'drunk porch songs.'"
"Fun-lovin'" it is, as is everything else on Bad News Darlin' — set to be released June 12 and available for preorder now.