I Never Thought It Would Go This Far is the title of The Wrinkle Neck Mules sixth studio album, the title of the album acknowledging the bands battle against the odds (as personified by the excellent Central Daylight Time from the previous album Apprentice to Ghosts) and celebrating over fifteen years together, time has not jaded the quality of the bands music though the album is permeated with a certain wistfulness, songs with country heart and a soul of rock ‘n’roll with the vocal delivery impressing upon the listener a certain road-weariness battling with a no-surrender mind-set, the band have once again hit the sweet-spot with their own brand of alt-country-rock.
“We never contemplated that we would still exist 15 years later and certainly never considered the patience it would take to keep it together this long. We’ve taken our share of ass whippings during our history both individually and as a band. Car wrecks, scarlet fever, you name it. In the end, though, the salve has always been the music and the process of collaborating and working together. I think a lot of that theme comes through on this record” explains Andy Stepanian (guitar) who shares songwriting and lead vocal duties with Chase Heard (banjo & guitar), the line-up is completed with rhythm section Brian Gregory (bass guitar) and Stuart Gunter (drums, percussion) and Mason Brent (mandolin, banjo, pedal steel guitar, guitar).
I Never Thought It Would Go This Far is set for release on Atlanta’s Lower 40 Records around February 17th and there is also a limited edition vinyl release on WarHen Records which is available to pre-order now, the album was recorded in a little over a week in June of last year in Barboursville, Virginia with the help of Rob Evans on production / engineering and Mark Goldstein (piano and vintage organs).
Whistlers & Sparklers