Cleveland Ohio’s Mushroomhead have signed a worldwide recording deal with Napalm Records. Mushroomhead are one of the most unique and adventurous alternative metal bands working today.
Known for their stunningly theatrical live show and artsy masks, this innovative band has forged new ground in the rock world and influenced many other bands to push the envelope and bring art into rock. Formed in the early-1990s in Cleveland, Ohio, the band’s combination of metal, rock and atmospheric elements has struck a chord with thousands of fans worldwide.
DrummerSkinny states this about the sign-up:
“We are grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Napalm roster! None of this would be possible without all of the support we’ve received over the last 25 years.. To the ALL the band members, the road crews, the labels, our families, our friends & our fans.. Thank you all.”
Napalm Records CEO Thomas Caser states this about the sign-up:
“They are one of the most exciting acts in the metal world! The conceptual Mushroomhead, who’ve always had their finger on the pulse, will shock the world with their upcoming releases and tours. We are extremely proud to partner with this incredible act!”
Be sure to check out Mushroomhead on tour and stay tuned for more news on their upcoming album!
Mushroomhead with Waltari tour dates:
5/3 – Poughkeepsie, NY at The Chance Theatre
5/4 – Reading, PA at Reverb
5/5 – Providence, RI at Fete Ballroom
5/8 – Jacksonville, NC at Hooligans Music Hall
5/10 – Cincinnati, OH at Riverfront Live
5/11 – Greenville, SC at The Firmament
5/13 – Lawrence, KS at Granada Theater
5/14 – Sauget, IL at Pop’s
5/16 – Wichita, KS at The Cotillion
5/17 – Colorado Springs, CO at Black Sheep Outside
5/18 – Salt Lake City, UT at Rockwell at The Complex
5/20 – Seattle, WA at El Corazon
5/22 – Portland, OR at Hawthorne Theater
5/25 – Tucson, AZ at Rialto Theater*
5/26 – Phoenix, AZ at PressRoom*
5/28 – Albuquerque, NM at El Rey Theater*
5/30 – Houston, TX at Warehouse Live*
5/31 – Dallas, TX at Gas Monkey Live *
6/1 – Oklahoma City, OK at Diamond Ballroom *
6/2 – Springfield, MO at The Complex *
6/4 – Lincoln, NE at Bourbon Theatre *
6/5 – Milwaukee, WI at Miramar Theater*
6/6 – Minneapolis, MN at Cabooze Outdoors*
6/7 – Joliet, IL at The Forge*
6/8 – Indianapolis, IN at The Citadel*
6/9 – Chattanooga, TN at The Signal** – with Mac Lethal
Ms.Jackie – Vocals
Dr.F -Keyboards & Bass guitar
Stitch- Keyboards & Samples
Diablo – Drums/Percussion Skinny- Drums/Percussion
About the band:
Mushroomhead have been performing incognito since 1993, when drummer Skinny founded the band. The band was meant to be a side-project so they wore masks to go unrecognized, but after only a few shows they developed a rabid and loyal fan base in Cleveland.
Mushroomhead released their 1995 self-titled debut album independently and it went on to became an underground hit. This was history in the making because the band really had no proper distribution. “Superbuick” followed in 1996 and M3 in 1999, all released via an underground street effort.
After the band felt its image and hyper-melodic, heavy style of music was being diluted by other bands jumping into this space, the band started to change their look to reflect nothing out there.
After a brief stint on Eclipse Records, a move to Universal Records saw the release of “XX” (a combination of the past independent releases) in 2001 and “XIII” in 2003.
The band’s last album sold over 200,000 units in the USA alone. Mushroomhead released “Savior Sorrow” for the pioneering rock label, Megaforce Records (Metallica, Anthrax, Ministry, Warren Haynes, Bad Brains) in 2006. Mushroomhead released “Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children” in the Fall of 2010 and it debuted at #44 on Billboard charts.
It can be said that Mushroomhead’s musical ascendance was a singular, original, aesthetic of eight guys decked out in matching jumpsuits and artsy masks, playing unbelievable, unsettling music.
No other band was wearing masks and jumpsuits and purveying this type of ultra-melodic, ultra-dynamic music at the time,Mushroomhead sounded like nothing else.
The band’s merging of metal, atmospheric elements, rock, and theatrics mixed with a punk DIY attitude has inspired and spawned other bands. Even though Mushroomhead’s music is rock-leaning in thought, the group remains firmly committed to pushing the envelope and trying new things. Influences range from the driving rhythms and breakneck turns of Pantera, to the dark melodies of Faith No More, to the atmospheric stylings of Pink Floyd, but all done in Mushroomhead style.