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Kid Mud have been drawing comparisons to Rogue Wave and Sparklehorse, while opening for the likes of Great Northern and O+S, in support of their debut full length, Now They Shut Us Down. Kid Mud is the creation of Sean Duncan, a veteran of indie rock who previously played in Fiver, a Modesto band that recorded with Jason Lytle and toured with Death Cab For Cutie. While his role in Fiver had him sharing the stage with indie’s elite, by 2006, Duncan was feeling at rock bottom.

Needing to make a change in his life, Duncan began writing at a furious pace, recording songs with Garage Band in a makeshift apartment studio. These recordings resulted in 2008’s Birds Will Move In EP, which featured Duncan playing every instrument. When it came time for his debut full length, he decided to take a slightly different approach. Splitting his time between Mountain Ghost Studios in Jamestown, CA, and his San Francisco apartment, Duncan crafted a record that flows cohesively through 13 diverse songs, conveying a story of emptiness and redemption. “This album turned into to this big family and friends project,” he says. “It was great just getting people that I had worked with in the past as well as new people, some that i still haven’t met.”

Kid Mud’s full live band includes members of Fiver, while Now They Shut Us Down includes vocal contributions from Jim Ruiz of the Legendary Jim Ruiz Group. Though Duncan mines rich emotional depths, he also crafts infectious indie rock songs, and judging from the early buzz, critics and fans like the diversity of sounds…

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