The Meat Puppets, reunited for the first time in over a decade with both Curt and Cris Kirkwood at the helm, will issue Rise to Your Knees July 27 via Anodyne. One of American punk’s finest — championed by Kurt Cobain, who invited them along as guest performers on Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York performance — the band struggled to persist in the face of Cris Kirkwood’s long-standing and debilitating heroin addiction, which recently included an 18-month imprisonment. Curt recorded 2000’s Golden Lies under the Puppets moniker with different members. Original drummer Derrick Bostrom, who left the band in 1996, has not returned for the fresh effort.
Although a complete tracklisting has yet to be announced, song titles such as “Spit” and “Enemy Love Song” are set for inclusion on Rise to Your Knees, an album Curt reveals is “a lot of ‘singer around the campfire’ songs, but done electrically.” The release will be followed by an extensive tour:
5/14, San Diego, CA (The Casbah)
5/15, West Hollywood, CA (The Troubadour)
5/16, San Francisco, CA (The Independent)
5/18, Portland, OR (Wonder Ballroom)
5/19, Seatlle, WA (Crocodile Lounge)
5/21, Salt Lake City, UT (Urban Lounge)
5/23, Boulder, CO (Fox Theatre)
On the Web:
Meat Puppets at fan website MeatPuppets.com
Talk: Whose version of “Plateau,” “Lake of Fire,” and “Oh Me” do you prefer: Cobain’s or Kirkwood’s?