A banker, an attorney, a salesman, and a wannabe preacher walk into a bar…
While this may sound like the start to one of your uncle’s Thanksgiving jokes, it’s the scene on any given night as The Stump Mutts load their equipment and prepare for sound check.
Started in 2010 as an alternative rock and solo project by Asheville's Neal Ward, The Stump Mutts released its self-titled debut album in 2011 and its sophomore album titled "1,000 Words to Hold" in early 2013.
By mid-2013, Ward’s studio project evolved into a four-piece band with friends Derek Allen (guitar), John Lindsey (bass), and Patrick Wells (drums). The fusion of their collaboration resulted in a unique sound on the Asheville scene. The Stump Mutts stand apart with their hard-driving modern rock. Their music builds upon an intense sonic energy for the listener, but manages to maintain enough restraint to calm the aural storm. Ward’s edgy vocals rest comfortably in the pocket the band creates for him.
Listenasheville.com, described the band’s sound as, "crankshaft rock that houses a fair deal of aggression, though its edges are rounded off. It’s logically structured, so the brightest light shines in the portrayal of the feeling." The Stump Mutts’ songs evoke relatable stories of toxic relationships, love and loss, obsession, rebellion, deceit and desire.
In 2014, The Stump Mutts will be performing at music venues and festivals in and around North Carolina, shooting a music video, and writing new songs for their upcoming third release - tentatively slated as an EP.
The Stump Mutts’ albums are available worldwide through popular digital distribution stores and subscription services including Amazon, iTunes, Mog, Rhapsody, and Spotify.