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Meet Rotten Mouth, Your Next Jam-Rock Obsession

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Chicago Outfit, Rotten Mouth Blasts off with First Full-Length Album, The Moonman

Rotten Mouth is a four-piece rock band based in Chicago. The group is made up of Josh Guelzow and Ryan Wade on guitars, Clay Mutert on bass, and Chris Mutert on the drums. Together, the four create groovy rock tunes steeped in guitar-and-drum jams.

In 2015, Rotten Mouth dropped their debut record, Self Loathing. The heavy-hitting collection is made up of hard-rock/punk songs like “Burn” and “Falling Down Stares.” Gritty guitars and snappy snares combine to create powerful songs. Instrumental breaks separate the lyrics and add a level of fun to the music.

Next came A Brave Refrain, the band’s sophomore effort. This EP packs a similar punch, but with a bit more polish and flare. The licks are spicier and the vocal is tighter, and songs like “I’m In Line” showcase a slower, more instrument-based style, hinting at what’s to come.

Jump to today, and Rotten Mouth is ready to unveil their debut full-length album, The Moonman, on Friday, April 5. The band is celebrating the release with a headlining show at Cobra Lounge that night, alongside fellow Chicagoland bands, Revolt Coda, Fuzzlove & Saltwater Tap.

“Steady Hand,” the first single from The Moonman, indicates the album will be different than the band’s previous releases. The aggressive punk-rock has evolved into a smoother, jam-based vibe. Make no mistake, these guys still know how to rock, but you can expect to hear a more mellow, musical tone on The Moonman.

In a press release to Red Roll, Rotten Mouth told us a bit about the buzz surrounding The Moonman:

“After over 60 shows in the Chicagoland Area over the past 2 years, both the band and the fans are greatly anticipating the release of The Moonman; a concept album documenting the reality-bending journey of a man stranded in space and the personal growth he experiences along the way.”

Rotten Mouth have spent the past four years sharpening their sound, and perfecting their voice. They’ve already played at staple Chicago spots like, Cubby Bear, Bottom Lounge, and Subterranean. Now they’re ready to take on the Cobra Lounge.

If you’re looking for a real rock troupe to take you on a jam-worthy journey, look no further than Chicago’s very own Rotten Mouth.

The Moonman will be available on all streaming services and for purchase at the band’s album release show at Cobra Lounge on Friday, April 5. The event is 17+, doors open at 7 P.M. and tickets are available online for $8, and $10 at the door.

Stream the Album here on Friday, April 5th.

Get your tickets for the release show at Cobra Lounge here!

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I'm a junior at Loyola University Chicago. I grew up on the south side of Chicago. Aside from writing I like staying healthy and active. I also host a weekly radio show and perform improv comedy at clubs around Chicago. Music has been a constant presence in my life for years and I am excited to bring you news about the music and artists you love.
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