[News] Mushroom Giant released the second single “Vestige” taken from from upcoming album

Never a band to imitate anyone else’s sound, Mushroom Giant is an honest reflection of the four members that write and perform it: Craig Fryers (bass), Trent Horwood (drums), Simon Wade (guitar/keyboards), and Derek Richards (guitar/keyboards). Central to the band’s style from the outset is the willingness to improvise, with all members adding to the creative process, and song ideas plucked from the nuggets that yield character – which the band strongly believes is central to great music.

Forming in 2002 (20 years ago), Mushroom Giant released their first album “Rails” in 2003. After years of accruing new fans on the Melbourne pub circuit Mushroom Giant was rewarded with spots on renowned music festivals including the Queenscliff Music Festival (2004) and Phillip Island’s Pyramid Rock Festival on New Year’s Eve 2006 (with the likes of Karnivool, The Living End and Silverchair).

In 2008, Mushroom Giant released their second album “Kuru” on which they follow a narrative set by a Whitley Streiber novel. The ‘nightclub scene’ track, ‘Graven Image,’ had some airplay on Melbourne’s Triple J radio and was used in a promotional video for the Bell’s Beach Surf Classic.

The “Kuru” album was then followed up in February 2010 by “Antarctic Angel” featuring five tracks with vocals by long-time collaborator, David Gogerly – and spending the rest of that year touring nationally as a 5-piece promoting the EP.

Mushroom Giant had the honour in 2014 of supporting touring American instrumental band Pelican.

Mushroom Giant followed and set the bar high. It hadn’t been for a long time that this reviewer had watched a support act and suspected the main act could possibly be upstaged … Mushroom Giant were at the very least on par with some of their better known contemporaries … forty minutes of brilliance.“– Daniel Tucceri (Beat magazine, Australia)

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Soon after, the band was back in the studio finishing off their third full-length album, “Painted Mantra” (released via Bird’s Robe Records in 2015).

They’ve always been a band with a talent for creating epic, cinematic soundscapes, but with this album Mushroom Giant have taken it a step further. The sheer scope of the album is incredible. This isn’t a record you can just drop in and out of at random. It’s an experience, an hour-long voyage through a spectral brew of prog, post-rock, metal and Eastern-influenced rock. And they manage to do it all without vocals…” – Wayne Marshall (Beat magazine, Australia)

In 2015, after playing to a capacity crowd at Rock The Bay festival, Mushroom Giant was honoured to play support to British Rock legends Uriah Heep. A highlight for a band inspired by ’70s guitar Rock.

Two new tracks were released simultaneously in 2018 titled ‘Chrysalis’ and ‘Invocation’, then work began on writing a new album. Although production on the album was somewhat stymied by Melbourne’s strict covid lockdowns, the band felt it was therapeutic to spend extended time with the new songs prior to the record’s final mix.

In February 2022, the ‘Owls’ single was released (via Bird’s Robe Records), with new single ‘Vestige’ due for release July 2, 2022.

The new album, entitled “In A Forest,” is due out later in the year, with a limited edition blue splatter vinyl available via Rue Morgue Records.

In 2023, Mushroom Giant will tour Europe for the first time.

Purchase and Stream “Vestige” through the bandcamp player below:

Tracklist

1. Owls (09:26)
2. Vestige (06:20)
3. Earthrise (05:13)
4. Aire River Rapids (03:58)
5. Mountain Ash (05:02)
6. And the Earthly Remains (05:32)
7. The Green Expanse (06:02)

Lineup

Craig Fryers / Bass, Bowed Bass
Trent Horwood / Drums, Percussion
David Charlton / Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Simon Wade / Guitar, Hammond Organ, Rhodes Piano

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Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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