Mudslod and the Singles

Tijuana Hercules

released May 7, 2021

Years in the making and featuring the talents of more than 20 musicians, Tijuana Hercules’s new long-player “Mudslod and the Singles” finds the band deep-diving into its patented “hillbilly trance” sound: an oxygen-depriving bouillabaisse of boundary-busting blues, spaghetti-strung grooves, and tangled psychedelic roots music.

Hailing from the southern regions of the U.S., John Vernon Forbes has a long and storied history of making music, cartoons, and comical mischief. His illustrations recall the golden-age of animation filtered through an absurdist lens – and this love of days gone by is rendered
with a futurist’s ear in the blues-tinged music he’s been creating for decades.

In Atlanta, Forbes played in Phantom 309 (with Mac McNeilly, future drummer of The Jesus Lizard) and Dirt, before settling in Chicago where he formed Mount Shasta, one of the founding SKiN GRAFT Records acts. Mount Shasta went on to release three albums and a collaborative LP with Japan’s Space Streakings before disbanding.

Forbes then formed Tijuana Hercules, initially taking inspiration from obscure rock, blues, and gospel songs from the ’50s and ’60s. The band later gamma-radiated those threads into something altogether different in the labs of Forbes’s own Frogg Mountain… more

John Vernon Forbes: Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Percussion, etc
Joe Patt: Drums, Percussion
Doug Abram: Sax
Mike Young: Junk
Arman Mabry: Bass
Tony Mendoza: Organ, Percussion

Carmen Armillas: Vocals
Julia Barlow: Drums
Travers Gaunt: Electric Guitar
Matt Engstrom: Organ
John Barlow: Lap Steel Guitar
Reid Coker: Guitar, Organ
John Cocol: Drums and Percussion
Gina Herzik: Vocals
James Becker: Bass, Harmonica
Smilin’ Joe Mason: Vocals
Jim Birch: Organ
Jesse DeCaire: Drums
Jim Belmore: Bass
Liz Mason: Vocals

Engineered by John Vernon Forbes, Jim Bellmore and James Becker
Mastered by Matt Engstrom

Artwork by John Vernon Forbes
Layout by David Babbitt
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