Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Mushroom River Band - Music for the World Beyond (2000)

The Mushroom River Band was formed by guitarist Anders Linusson, bass player Alexander "Saso" Sekulovski and drummer Andreas Grafenauer in 1996. This line-up recorded one demo tape with Christian "Spice" Sjöstrand from Spiritual Beggars as a guest vocalist. This demo was produced in small numbers and the band broke up as members went in different directions. In 1997, Linusson and Sekulovski decided to reform the band and recruited 16 year old Chris Rockström on drums. Spice joined as a full time singer (while still being frontman in Spiritual Beggars). In January 1998 the band entered Soundscape Studio in Halmstad to record what would later become the Rocketcrash EP. This EP was released in 1999 on 10" vinyl on the band's own Tea Pot label. Later in 1999 the band recorded a second demo entitled the No Quarter Recordings. These recordings led to the band landing gigs outside their local region, but performing became increasingly difficult as Spice attempted to juggle duties in both The Mushroom River Band and Spiritual Beggars. In 2000 the band signed to MeteorCity and released their first full length album, Music for the World Beyond, the same year. Following this album the band performed only a few shows, again due to Spice's engagement in Spritiual Beggars. However, in 2001 the band went out on their first European tour in support of the album. Later in the year Spice left Spiritual Beggars to concentrate solely on The Mushroom River Band. The band's second and final album, Simsalabim, was released in 2002. Following the recording of this album Rockström left the band. Robert Hansson was recruited to fill in on drums for the ensuing European tour. After the tour The Mushroom River Band was put on hiatus and the following year Spice left the band. The band decided to break up in 2004.

2000 - Music for the World Beyond

Track Listing:

1."To the World Beyond"
4."Way to Go"
5."29' 2 1/2"
6."The Mushroom River"
7."More Beer"
9. "Sir B's Tune"
10."A Sad Story"

Here's the first full length by The Mushroom River Band.  This is a must have for fans of Stoner Rock, or basically just Southern styled bluesy rock in general. 


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