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Muggs at the Magic Bag, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2020

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It's a notable year for Detroit rockers the Muggs.

The group will mark the 20th anniversary of its formation during 2020, not by looking back but with the release of its fifth studio album, "Slave to Sound." The 11-track effort, recorded at Hamtramck Sound Studio, features co-founders Danny Methric and Tony DeNardo and marks drummer Todd Glass' last appearance as a full-time band member. It is, by design, more sonically dense and expansive than its predecessors, even featuring a lengthy teleplay instrumental called "The Boogens."

Expect to see a lot of the Muggs playing live to promote "Slave...," and rest assured the trio is not looking for emancipation any time soon...

Bassist/keyboardist DeNardo says the Muggs started working on "Slave to Sound" during November of 2018 but took its time in order to craft the kind of album the group wanted. "This record is pretty dense, probably our most ambitious in production I did some 60s harmonies at times, whatever the songs needed. We had fun just fleshing out ideas."

DeNardo, who also operates a side project called Dude adds that ambition is simply part of being a band for 20 years and thousands of shows by this point. "We're always trying to push ourselves. The goal of the Muggs has always been to have fun and present something different to the fans. We never want to do a carbon copy of the record before it. If you're having fun in the studio it usually translates to (the recording) and on stage. I think the songs pretty much always reveal themselves to you, and you just follow where they're taking you."

The departure of Glass, replaced by Zach Pliska, was amicable according to DeNardo. "Todd just wanted to stay closer to home. We're all still friends; It just ran its course. He was in the band for 10 years and he's still in Rattlesnake Shake (Methric and DeNardo's Fleetwood Mac/Peter Green tribute band). So all is well; There's no animosity or conflict. Todd's a great drummer and so is Zach, who's my drummer for Dude. We've just moved on and it's all good -- for everybody."

The Muggs celebrate the release of "Slave to Sound," on Friday, Jan. 3, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors at 8 p.m. Royal Sweets and Milk Bath also perform. $10. 248-544-1991 or themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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