Mugstar - the return of Liverpool's underground heroes
Liverpudlian Krautrockers admit they eat, sleep and breathe music.
One of the last bands to record a session with the late, great DJ John Peel, Liverpool’s Mugstar have long been underground heroes.
However, despite several critically acclaimed LPs, they’ve remained a cult band. Unlike many moderately successful groups though, they haven’t buckled and continue to turn in records of a consistent and powerful quality. Rooted in kosmische and the pioneering Krautrock bands, they’ve blended in their own influences while playfully indulging in the genre’s penchant for improvisation, even collaborating with ex-Can frontman Damo Suzuki on Start From Zero to shore up their classic prog credentials.
With new LP Magnetic Seasons, there’s a desire to innovate while keeping the essential elements of the band intact, and this expresses itself in the approach to its writing and recording.
“The first side is probably more in keeping with what we’ve done before, which was organised and written before we went in to the studio,” explains drummer Steve Ashton. “But then we did a lot more experimenting in the studio – we had time to improvise a bit more and allow the tracks to grow.”