Mudvayne is direct and to the point. Not overly complicated, while maintaining
intensity, they strive to penetrate into the listener - grab their attention at a gut, instinctual level and leave the impression
that what they’ve heard is their own. The music might be described as hardcore groove; powerful, yet still maintaining
a beat that grips. The listener is unable to resist the hypnotic presence of rhythm, which is the focus of MuDvAyNe's approach.
Influences can be hard to pinpoint, and their interests as people are varied. Painters, such as Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo
Picasso may be cited for their originality and unconventionalism. The reality and hostility of an urban crisis as shown in
current movies and by their makers have touched their sound; like Quentin Tarantino and "A Clockwork Orange", Aleister Crowley
and E.E. Cummings, because of their courage to challenge, have inspired them as performers and "Alice in Wonderland" for a
sense of adventure.
Band Members From an individual approach, their backgrounds are broad
and extensive. Ryan Martinie, bass player, has won several state high school awards for classical vocals. He also has a long
history with jazz bass, vocals and sword swallowing. Greg Tribbett, guitarist (The Big Ragu) has a strong background in the
local music scene dating back to his teens. In the years of his youth, his engagement to the local Gestapo heightened his
sense of awareness and personal preservation. Matthew McDonough, Drummer, a self-proclaimed super-genius spent many years
in his youth performing with drum & bugle corps. His exquisite and twisted percussive orchestrations are influenced by
too many twilight hours spent in front of a computer monitor. Chad Gray, masticator, found his youthful spare hours engaged
in gargling gravel and 10w40. His year-round youthful glow is due to his many days spent serenading a furnace as a child.
As a whole, the band is proud of the fact that none of the members have any formal training with the instruments they play...
History of MUDVAYNE
There's reason to be afraid. There's very good reason indeed, if you're
someone who likes their music unchallenging, simple, and easy to define and digest. But if you want something dark, mysterious,
savage, and unsettling, something that will force you to confront the unknown and possibly alter the way you look at the world,
then prepare yourself for Mudvayne.
It's no coincidence that the opening track on Mudvayne's stunningly heavy
debut album, L.D. 50, is titled "Monolith," after the brooding alien artifact at the heart of Stanley Kubrick's classic 2001:
A Space Odyssey.
"The overall theme of the album reflects and embodies ideas about the evolution
of consciousness, transformation, and the risks involved in experimenting with things that can change a person's point of
view, internally and externally," says drummer Spag. "And the monolith in Kubrick's film was also a representation of that."
Like that cryptic black object, MuDvAyNe keep their secrets well-even their faces
are hidden in hallucinatory colors and symbols-but make no bones about their desire to fuck with your head. Taking the intensity
of the new school of heavy rock one step further, Mudvayne has left a long trail of shattered preconceptions and blown
minds in their wake. Next victims: the world at large.
"L.D. 50 is a medical term used by pharmacologists to measure how toxic a substance
is," explains spag about the album's enigmatic title. "It stands for Lethal Dosage 50, which represents how much of a chemical
it takes to kill fifty out of a hundred test subjects."
"The metaphor is that the things that can potentially open your mind, expand your
consciousness, and show you a new vision of yourself and the world also have a risk involved in them and a consequence. It's
about how far you can push the envelope before it gets dangerous, which is a way we'd like to see our work perceived as well."
spag and his cohorts have been pushing the envelope for four-and-a-half years,
ever since MuDvAyNe first conspired together in the forbidding wastelands of Peoria, Illinois, circa 1996. spag, Kud, and
Gurrg, with a different bass player (Ryknow came aboard two years later), found each other after ten years in the usual maze
of local outfits, immediately sharing a vision of their own musical apocalypse