Look Ma! No guitar! Muules is what happens when you take a bassist (predominantly known for playing in reggae bands), a punk drummer, and a vocalist who hasn’t touched a mic for nearly a decade, lock them in a room together, and tell them to produce tracks with all the heart, sweat, and blood from a 90s mosh pit.
Forming in mid-2017 from a chance encounter that re- ignited a decade-dormant musical friendship, Muules features bassist/songwriter Rhys Fox (bassist in Sunshine Coast reggae outfit, Bearfoot), vocalist/lyricist Nathan Vasey, and drummer Nick Boardman (from Coast punkers, Not To Regret), who have managed to create a sonic relationship that has been touted as if ‘Grinspoon and Royal Blood gave birth to a three- headed musical child, stuck it in a DeLorean, sending it back to 1990’s Seattle, and let that bastard fend for itself’.
Debut single, ‘Butch Teeth’, matches the sharp abrasiveness of the split bass tones, and the repeated rat-tat-tat drum hits, with the nostalgic vocal tones that ring familiar, but also are completely recognisable as Muules.
Of the song, vocalist Nathan says it is mainly about miscommunication, and generally hearing something completely different to what was said.
“From there, we make
choices, and sacrifices, and frequently we are made to deal with the consequences. Quite often we make poor decisions, and our pride gets in the way, despite peers pointing out our mistakes,” he said.
The film clip, which was filmed, edited and directed by Muules bassist/songwriter Rhys, represents “the struggle and pains, the ups and downs, as artists, that we all go through, all just to create”, and quite often that struggle is misundertood.