MeeT the BaNd
Acoustic and Electric Bass Guitar & Very Reluctant backup vocals
Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Ukulele & unfortunately the Otamatone.
Drums Drums Drums!, Vocals, Cajone, Stock Pots, Hammer Boxes & door knobs (don’t ask)
The MudPuddLeS formed way back in the day, in the music room of Palmyra High!
Tyson and Nick originally created the MudPuddLeS as a rockin' 2-piece, punkified Acoustic power pop rock band. The guys were small-town outcast skaters, and they and their crew were heavily influenced by the Violent Femmes, Dead Milkmen and various punk bands of the late 80s. When they were separated by College in 1991, Tyson to the University of Nebraska at Omaha & Nick at Wesleyan University in Lincoln, they took a small break to focus on their studies, but by 1992 they realized that they needed to play together again. They started primarily playing on the street corners of downtown Lincoln Nebraska and when not getting harassed by the cops for ‘obstructing sidewalk traffic’, they amassed a good local following. By 1993 they grew to playing house parties in Omaha & Coffee Shops in Omaha and Lincoln. Eventually, the guys knew they wanted to elevate their sound and add a third.
Enter a bass player, Angela. While she had never played any instrument before, the guys were quoted as saying, ‘you look like a bass player’ and Angela took it to heart, practiced day & night, and drove her parents insane; by February 1994 she was an official member.
With the addition of a bass player, new songs were written, electric instruments were added, and bigger and better shows abound!
Some larger notable shows include;
November 9th, 1994: Opening the Big ‘O’ local music showcase at the (now defunct) Ranch Bowl in Omaha, NE. After the set, everyone’s favorite sound guy, Roger asked the band ‘where were you when we needed openers for the Cramps on Monday?’ (How Freakin’ cool is that!)
September 27th, 1996: Ticket Master Music Showcase at the (also defunct) People’s Bar in Ames, IA. We got some great (for the 90’s) home videos from this show, be sure to check them out on our Youtube Channel.
Late in 1997, the 3 friends grew apart, Tyson & Angela married and got into Mountain and Rock climbing, and Nick married his beautiful bride Wendy and moved to Albany, NY to get his Masters in Art.
Years passed, and after finding their places, having kids, changing careers many times, and all the while finally growing up enough to realize that they all needed more music in their lives.
Jump to November 2017, fun practices started up again every few weeks and quickly grew to the reigniting of the passion they’ve always felt when playing together. From here, they reminisced about what was but looked forward with great anticipation to what the future will bring.
With this new start, you'll notice more Genre-Bending in each of their new songs.
With the pandemic lockdown came more creativity.
2020 saw the release of the 'Ever Heard of Love' EP, including I thought I Loved You, Big Big Lie, Sit Down Shut Up, and The Dance.
2021 saw the release of Fat Man, Denial, and Bombing Range, and in early 2022, Dark Space!
In late 2022, the band played a lot of live gigs and spent time remastering their original EP and recording new songs.
In 2023 the band remastered the of EVER HEARD OF LOVE -EP and is out in early 2023.
It captures & reimagines some of their earlier songs recorded exclusively with acoustic instruments in the band's home studio.
Three new songs are in the studio now and are expected in early 2023
Here’s to a new Chapter in MudPuddLeS history!