Puddle of Mudd, a world renowned and controversial rock band, is to perform in Sri Lanka on September 26.
To date the band has sold over seven million albums, and has had a string of No. 1 mainstream rock singles in the United States.
Their major-label debut Come Clean has sold over five million copies. They have released two independent and four major albums including Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate in December 2009 and their compilation album re:(disc)overed in August 2011.
Puddle of Mudd was formed on September 13, 1991 in Kansas City by Wes Scantlin (vocals/rhythm guitar), Jimmy Allen (guitar), Sean Sammon (bass), and Kenny Burkitt (drums).
According to Wes Scantlin, the band name was inspired by practicing next to the Missouri river levy, which always inundated the band’s practice space but never ruined their equipment since they were on the second floor. In order to get to their practice space, the band “had to walk through a pile of shit.”
The group’s first album, Stuck, was released in 1994 on V&R Records. The album was produced by the band and E.J. Rose, and was recorded at Red House Studio in Lawrence, Kansas. It spawned two radio singles (the first was “You Don’t Know”, the second “Drift and Die”).
Minus Jimmy Allen, the group released a second album, Abrasive, in 1997 on Hardknocks Records. It had eleven tracks, all written by the band, three of which would eventually make it on to Puddle of Mudd’s first major label release.
Differences of opinion and other factors led to the break-up of the original Puddle of Mudd by early 1999, leaving Scantlin as the only original member. Kenny and Sean were still in the band and Wes had gone out as a DJ for his girlfriend.
However since 2012, Scantlin has been accused on numerous occasions of lip syncing during live performances.
On April 16, 2014, Scantlin had an on-stage meltdown during a show at Trees Dallas, in which he threw a microphone and beer into the audience, as well as appearing to threaten and attempt to physically attack members of the audience. He also received criticism as he appeared to be lip-syncing during the performance.
On June 20, 2015, The band were booed off stage at a show in Versailles, Ohio after Scantlin was spotted lip syncing to the songs. In response to the social media backlash, the band subsequently deleted their Facebook page. With the Facebook URL available, the band Black Heart Saints took the address as an opportunity to promote their music using the title “Check This Band Out Instead”, although Puddle of Mudd later regained control of the URL.
These events coincided with a silence on the bands Twitter page between 16 April 2014 and 6 July 2015. As of 19 July 2015, no statement was made by the band in response to these events, with continued tour dates promoted on their website. To date Scantlin has also not made any statement confronting or explaining these accusations. (Colombo Gazette)