Wesley Scantlin says “a combination of a lot of different issues” is the reason we haven’t heard much from Puddle of Mudd during the last few years.
There were internal issues at the group’s record company that partly resulted in disappointing sales for 2003’s “Life on Display” — which didn’t hit the million mark after Puddle of Mudd’s 2001 debut “Come Clean” sold more than 5 million copies. There also were some personnel shifts within the band.
“But nothing really affected the songwriting,” Scantlin, 35, reports.
And, in fact, Puddle of Mudd will release “Living on Borrowed Time” later this summer, culled from a couple years’ worth of sessions with several different producers.
“In that matter of time we’re talking about, there were at least 40 or 50 songs,” Scantlin says. “Me and Doug (Ardito), my bass player, we don’t stop, ever. As long as there’s a guitar in front of my face, man, the songwriting continues.”
Scantlin’s keeping the leftover songs “in my back pocket” for future uses, including bonus tracks for different versions of “Living on Borrowed Time.” But he’s confident the tracks that form the core of the album — including the single “Famous” and the last-minute addition “It Was Faith” — will pull Puddle of Mudd out of the tar pits in which it’s been wallowing.
“It was a mad house for a minute there, man, and everyone was dealing with it in their own way,” Scantlin says. “... and now I’m feeling really good. All parties are on board and are on the bus with us for this one, and we got another shot at the title.
“So, yeah, it was a little bit of a struggle for a while, but you know what, dude? I’m back, and I love it.”
Puddle of Mudd performs at 8:40 p.m. Friday (June 29th) on the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of MI Stage at the Stars & Stripes Festival in downtown Mount Clemens. Admission is free. Call (586) 913-1919 or visit www.starsandstripesfest.com.
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