Mr. Plow is a band that’s been around since 1997, a time when Fu Manchu and Kyuss were lighting up ears and minds with their heavy stoner rock. And in this long stretch of time the band has released three full lengths and are readying their fourth, Maintain Radio Silence, set for independent release on January 26. The band has always been more about the good times than negativity and this new album is more of the same in that department with rocking riffs aplenty along with some crazy catchy melodies and the title track is heavier than a 55 gallon drum of lead. The guys were nice enough to share their top music picks from 2017 with us so head inside to see what they dug this year.
Mr. Plow’s Best of 2017
Jeremy Stone (guitar, vocals):
Pallbearer – Heartless
One doesn’t normally associate doom metal with Little Rock, Arkansas, and maybe that has something to do with Pallbearer being one of the best and most original in the niche genre. Heavy, yet catchy, melodies combined with superb musicianship and singing make this one of my favorite albums of 2017.
Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
I’m in the camp of Mastodon fans that likes all of Mastodon’s catalog, but prefers the newer catchier releases over the earlier crushing and screaming. They continue to improve as songwriters with each album. This new album continues their progression of keeping it heavy with the addition of more melody and hooks.
Justin Waggoner (guitar, vocals):
Quicksand – Interiors
The apex predators of post-hardcore heaviness return after a quarter-century hiatus. What’s not to love? Perhaps not quite as heavy as the old days, but more nuanced, atmospheric, and mature and every bit as powerful as they ever were. Welcome back, fellas!
Crystal Fairy – S/T
All hail King Buzzo and Dale Crover. They always rule, but this time they share the reign with Teri Gender Bender and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. A collection of heavy, catchy, and—given this eclectic melange of musical personalities—surprisingly straight-ahead rockers that’s not to be missed. And the vocals are just killer.
Cory Cousins (drums):
Ruby the Hatchet – Planetary Space Child
This album has incredible groove from beginning to end. 70s rock, swirling organs, killer vocals, a definite highlight for 2017.
Monolord – Rust
A great combination of doom themes coupled with some gorgeous vocal melodies. I crank this one whenever I play it in the car, it’s just so delicious and heavy.
Mutoid Man – War Moans
I had never heard of this band before this album, which is in my top 3 for 2017. I immediately took to this album for its energy and unique vocal style and melodies. A standout track for me is “Kiss of Death.”
Radio Moscow – New Beginnings
This is just some good old fashioned American rock n’ roll. Power trio energy, 70s riffs, bluesy vocals, groove-laden bass and drums. Makes you wanna jump on a Harley and find some trouble.
Royal Thunder- Wick
I’ve been listening to these guys for about five years. I was immediately blown away by Parsonz’s incredible voice. This latest album does not disappoint. They are really strong songwriters and prove it with this one.
Greg Green (bass):
The Galactic Cowboys – Long Way Back to the Moon
The first album in 17 years from Houston’s godfathers of thrashy riffs and layered vocal harmonies. They sound better than ever.
Many thanks to Mr. Plow for their time and picks. For more information on the band, visit their official website and keep an eye out in January for their fourth full length Maintain Radio Silence. We will leave you with a stream of their second album, Cock Fights and Pony Racin’.