On the heels of the success of their breakout hit single “Annabelle,” which featured a guest appearance by iconic Guitarist Tom Morrello, Rock Americana Artists Mister Green released their debut album ‘Stay Tuned’ on December 9.
The duo, which comprises singer-songwriter Andrew Lindner and producer/co-writer Mark Renk (Helmet, Maroon 5, P.O.D.), describe the record as “fresh and provocative and at the same time, familiar.”
“The listener will be taken on a journey of nostalgia spanning the pre-rock n’ roll rhythm and blues through the punk movement of the seventies and nineties. We access nostalgic-sounding melodies, not just for gratuitous sake, but because early rock n’ roll and the music pre-dating it was exploring the art of turning a passive listener into an active participant in the music,” said Lindner. “The record should cause the listener to unconsciously tap his or her foot to the beat of the song. ‘Feel’ the song versus just listening to it. If we did our job, that’s exactly what fans will experience with this album.”
To create this rich listening experience, the duo leveraged each other’s innate talents and gifts.
Meeting almost surreptitiously over a shared reverence for great songwriters and storytellers, it was integral that Lindner’s love of verses and choruses were woven throughout the record while Renk’s masterfully stacked, intricate harmonies soared effortlessly over the music.
“Mark and I have a ton of mutual respect for the other’s journey leading us to this unexpected partnership,” said Lindner. “Our life stories are so different yet our values and passions are very similar. Our wildly different back stories put us in a position to explore things lyrically and musically through two completely different lenses, resulting in compositions that have not only musical harmony but thematic harmony as well.”
A catchy, melodically-driven Americana rock album that delivers a side of southern twang that will feel instantly familiar upon the first listen. One would never suspect that this is Mister Green’s first foray into releasing their own music … and their hope is that they inspire music lovers of all ages to never give up on their dreams. No matter what challenges they face or what stage in life they are in.
This intrinsic creativity isn’t just woven throughout the record but is also depicted in the album cover artwork. Featuring the original actor who played “Mike TeeVee” in Willy Wonka, Paris Themmen, the cover was taken by renowned photographer Jim Herrington. According to the duo, Themmen’s appearance, as well as a strategically-placed photo of Gene Wilder, are homages to their favorite film.
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