Release Date: Mar 8, 2019
Record label: Megaforce
One distinct advantage Meat Puppets have over many of their '80s and '90s-vintage peers still making a go of it after more three decades is that they always kind of sounded like they were 55. There is no collectively imprinted youth to risk failing to recapture. By 1984's immortal Meat Puppets II, they were already perfectly weathered and weird and an anathema to punk orthodoxy, finding the bridge between the Dead and the Dead Kennedys long before it was fashionable.
Plenty of music fans have a great sentimental attachment to the notion of "getting the band back together. " It's not unusual for a veteran act to go through a number of lineup changes over the course of a career, but some listeners will always hold out hope that one of the absent yet defining members of a group will return, and the band will magically be returned to their former glories. Meat Puppets loyalists were overjoyed in June 2018 by the news that Derrick Bostrom, who played drums with the band during their 1980 to 1996 heyday, had rejoined the Pups, and expectations ran high for 2019's Dusty Notes, the first Meat Puppets album since 1995's No Joke! to include the original core trio of Bostrom, guitarist Curt Kirkwood, and bassist Cris Kirkwood.