After 4ZZZ was evicted from its UQ premises in 1988, staff temporarily broadcast from the Mount Coot-tha transmission tower, using a cassette player which was set up to go straight to air.
They began gigging around many of the well known Brisbane venues that we all know and love during the first half of 2015 before a couple of lineup changes put a temporary halt to proceedings. Enter new rhythm section Caitlin and Wes, who took a firm hold on the sticks and the fat strings respectively. Before too long they were on their way to becoming one of Brisbane’s most sought after live acts, developing a live show that is in turn energetic and captivating.
The Grunge influence is undeniable, however Mudshadows are an altogether more interesting proposition than many of their 90’s predecessors. The edgy guitar sound that characterised that era is present but used sparingly, and is offset by an altogether more polished sound. There are tight rhythms, clean and spacey guitars, pop hooks, and most strikingly, the male/female vocal harmonies of the founding members, flowing through the songs. One can almost taste the honey.
Most impressive about this band is perhaps the range of musical styles they cover. While they have certainly found their own sound, it is very impressive to see them rattle through a set that includes a filthy piece of grungy goodness, a driving rock tune, a delicate slow burner, a psych rock builder, and a bouncy country-esque number. They have certainly not fallen into the common trap of every song sounding the same.
Certainly a band to watch in 2016 and beyond, expect to hear a lot more of Mudshadows on 4zzz.