The Meat Puppets Create 'Real Blown-Out Folk Music' on 'Rat Farm' - Album Premiere

Arizona punks are set to release their 14th LP

The Meat Puppets
Jaime Butler
The Meat Puppets
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Arizona punk luminaries the Meat Puppets have been making music for 33 years, and on April 16th they'll release Rat Farm, their 14th LP via Megaforce, which you can now listen to in full here. Frontman Curt Kirkwood described the record as "real blown-out folk music," and it's easy to hear what he means. On tracks like "Sometimes Blue" and "Waiting," both of which amble forward with ramshackle melodies and the lithe, dry simmer of Kirkwood's vocals, while the sun-drenched "You Don't Know" is laced with the crackle of electric guitars. Throughout the album, the band shows their knack for melding styles and sounds to fit their liking, like on the opening title-track, which flips between a dub-y verse and wide open, alt-rock chorus, and the delightful "Time and Money," which sounds like a lost Allman Brothers rambler channeled through a Superfuzz pedal.