THE MUTANTS - THIRD DECADE OF INSTRUMENTAL MADNESS
"This is a sound to kill for - it´s like Santana from Hell!"
Mixture of 60´s garage rock, surf, porn funk and manic psychedelia, the instrumental madness of The Mutants is a lost soundtrack for Russ Meyer´s, Tarantino´s and Aki Kaurismäki´s films. Impossible to kategorize, we call it "afro-garage-mambo".
The Mutants was founded in 1998 by Weijjo a.k.a Abnormal, who wanted to form an instrumental band after getting tired of difficult singers. Members were picked from his previous punk band "Isebel´s Pain" and locations that you don´t want to know. The sound of The Mutants has been pretty weird from the first beginning, only to get seriously sicker since. After the first chaotic gigs with the usual rock instrumentation + organ, it needed to sound bigger. A Saxophone and percussions were added, and the originally punk/surf/garage -based stuff smashed through Parliament/Funkadelic filter. The beats have been funkier since.
As the result of several EP´s, singles, compilation album "Deathrace 3000", dozens of gigs, and with the support of local music magazines and quite active garage rock scene of southern Finland, the band made a three-record deal with the label Spinefarm in 2003. Under Spinefarm´s "Ranch" -department the band released the full-lenght albums "Voodoo Blues" (2003), "Death Cult" (2005) and "Grave Groove" (2007). Next to the meaty musical contents, these releases have the most ass-kicking cover art that our mambo-minds can dream for: They´re made by a mexican master-tikiartist Dr. Jorge Alderete, who was introduced to the band by a dedicated fan.
Since 2004, the band has been touring in Europe every year, most often in Germany. Touring targets also include Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Belgium and Estonia, not to forget the highlight trips to Denmark´s Roskilde festival in 2003 and to Argentina in 2006.
Based on the brand new albums "Boogie De La Muerte" (2011), "Mutacalypso Now!" (2013), "La Fiesta Infernal" (2016) and "Mutantiki" (2018) - not to forget the wonderful feedback from the coolest crowds and gig-promoters on the latest tours - The Mutants now sounds better than ever!
Production: Vilhelmiina Viitaniemi