Today, The Muckers debut album, Endeavor, was highlighted as one of Rough Trade‘s favorite Albums of the Year So Far alongside the likes of St. Vincent, Altin Gün, Arlo Parks, Mdou Moctar, Faye Webster, and more. Rough Trade praised the album as “gritty yet catchy, rugged yet smooth, effortless yet evocative” and said it “sees a band capturing a classic feeling while taking risks most would fear on a debut album.”
They are set to perform next Friday, July 16th at The Sultan Room for their anticipated album release show, with support from Kaleta & Super Yamba Band and Steele FC. This will be their first live performance in over a year, which Rolling Stone once praised as “a call to fans to kick the dust off of their souls and boogie.”
The Muckers recently announced their first tour abroad in the Fall, making stops in London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, and performing at the London Calling festival in Amsterdam where they’ll share the stage with Chubby & The Gang amongst others. Full tour dates below.
The Muckers UK / EU Tour 2021
23/10/2021: UK, Glasgow, The Flying Duck
24/10/2021: UK, Manchester, Gullivers
25/10/2021: UK, London, Shacklewell
26/10/2021: UK, Bristol, Rough Trade
27/10/2021: UK, Brighton, Latest Music Bar
28/10/2021: Belgium, Leffinge, De Zwerver
29/10/2021: Belgium, Brussels, Botanique, Witloof Bar
30/10/2021: The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso, London Calling
31/10/2021: The Netherlands, Nijmegen, Doornroosje
02/11/2021: Denmark, Copenhagen, Loppen
03/11/2021: Germany, Hamburg, Hafenklang
05/11/2021: Germany, Berlin, Urban Spree
07/11/2021: The Netherlands, Rotterdam, Rotown
08/11/2021: France, Paris, Supersonic
10/11/2021: France, Le Havre, Mc Daid’s
Endeavor, The Muckers‘ debut album, garnered nods from Pitchfork who called the composite parts “sometimes remarkable,” underlined the words on the album, “magnetic poetry collages of feelings”, and commended “the group’s nimble guitar work, swerving seamlessly between structure and embellishment”. NME named the four-piece “one of New York’s most exciting new bands”, Ladygunn praised: “
The singles, including a remix by Tame Impala’s Jay Watson, received plays on SPIN, KEXP, KCRW, KUTX, and were lauded for “never los[ing] its rush of jittery energy” (Under The Radar) and “showing off more than a little fretwork fire” (Brooklyn Vegan).
The Muckers‘ debut album comes on the heels of frontman Emir Mohseni‘s journey – nothing short of an odyssey: first, as an immigrant taking refuge in New York City from his native Iran to have the right to perform rock music, then as a band caught in the global pandemic who’s had to let go of their greatest strength: thriving on any stage – from supporting Pond on the road in 1000-cap rooms to making the crowds dance and sweat in the divey bars of Brooklyn. One of their performances, at Treefort Festival, had caught KEXP‘s Cheryl Waters eye who commended them for “captivating the crowds” on her Music That Matters show.
“There are times in your life when you know the map to your destination but you need a force to drive you there,” Mohseni says of his move to the United States, profiled across acclaimed publications, from Rolling Stone to Billboard. Upon landing in this new environment, he met the three guys that would become his closest friends, and build with him the enlivening sound and enrapturing live show that The Muckers have garnered early praises for: Anthony Azarmgin at the bass, Chris Cawley on rhythm guitar, and John Zimmerman behind the drums.