Local garage rock band Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold stand out with… a banjo

Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold has everything a normal garage rock band needs: lead singer, drums, bass, guitar, banjo… Wait, banjo?

Lead vocalist Tyler Matock met banjo player Jesse Gray at a local open mic. After a few weeks of watching each other perform, the duo began performing together, eventually writing their own original songs.

After years of performing as a duo, Matock and Gray decided to find a drummer and bassist to become a full-fledged band. That’s where Connor Pritchard and Sam Bohlman came in.

Last month, Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold were invited to open for indie rock band Peach Pit at the Van Buren. The tour openers were stuck in California. With only hours to put together a set, Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold got together and played their very first sold-out show.

The group’s Spotify listeners quintupled within two weeks of the show and encouraged them to release a new single ahead of schedule.

The band will perform Saturday, April 9 at the FRIED Festival at Margaret T. Hance Park. People can stream their music to Spotify and Apple Music and follow them on Instagram @mmuddmrgold.

Amber Victoria Singer is a sophomore in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is pursuing a journalism degree with a minor in sustainability. In addition to being a reporter for Downtown Devil, she hosts a weekly DJ crew and a music show on ASU’s student radio station, Blaze Radio, and interns at KJZZ. In her limited free time, Amber enjoys roller skating, saving money and drinking extra sweet frozen caramel lattes.

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