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Reconstituted Puddle Of Mudd Ready For New Album

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, September 4, 2009

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The gang’s back together for Puddle of Mudd, which could mean good things for the onceplatinum rock band. Guitarist Paul Phillips rejoined the group in February after leaving in 2005. It reunites the frontline trio — Phillips, frontman Wes Scantlin and bassist Doug Ardito — that was together for 2001’s triple-platinum “Come Clean” and has recorded a new, as-yet-untitled album that will be released this fall.

“It was just one of those things where back (in 2005) people weren’t getting along and work wasn’t getting done and it wasn’t happening, so I had to leave for awhile,” explains Phillips, 34, who’s replaced his replacement, Jimmy Allen. He visited with Scantlin and Ardito when Puddle of Mudd played last year in Jacksonville, Fla., where Phillips lived, and, the guitarist says, “we had a good time and all got along, and I was like, ‘Wow, that might lead to something.’

“One thing led to another, and then I came back in the fold and so far it’s been great, probably the best vibe it’s ever been.”

Phillips says that feeling is audible on the new album — Puddle of Mudd’s sixth overall, which the group recorded with previous producers Brian Howes and John Kurzweg, as well as Brian Virtue (Chevelle, 30 Seconds to Mars). Phillips says the sound is “more Puddle of Mudd” than 2007’s “Famous,” and much closer to “Come Clean,” and is also “the most collaborative record we’ve ever done.”

“Wes is always going to be the main songwriter,” he acknowledges, “but this one has the most co-writes with me and with Doug, and the most input from everybody. Like I said, everyone is getting along and we got in there and just knocked it out. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was the best experience making a record we’ve ever had.”

Puddle of Mudd performs at 6:30

p.m. Sunday (Sept. 7) on the Michigan Lottery

Stage at Arts, Beats & Eats in downtown Pontiac. Admission is $2. Visit www.artsbeatseats.com, or call (248) 334-4600.

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