November 1983 The Mudgang emerged out of the remnants of a Ghent based political punkband More Action. They mixed their punk roots with rockabilly and sixties garage punk and that made the foundation of the willful sound of the young rebels. Pretty soon they were about to take the lead of The Belgian Garage Rock scene, together with The Paranoiacs and The Spanks.
First single I came in the night/dr. Mushroom is being received very well supported by national radio and a cameo in Dominique Deruddere’s cult movie Crazy Love. Shortly thereafter follows the release of the 1st LP Let’s go riding and a nationwide tour where they even supported Iggy Pop. Autumn 1987 Steven Janssens quits the band and expands his musical carreer to go and play with Daan, Mauro and The Who Dads.
After this loss The Mudgang strikes back in 1989 with the very mean and rocky LP Travellin’ Man and in 1990 with the poppy Temptation. Radio friendly single between you and me even makes it to the top of the Afrekening (StuBru). In spite of good reviews and solid rock live gigs the band splits up by the end of 1991.
In 2008 the Mudgang was asked to do one more gig, but they forgot to stop and call it a day. In the meantime we are dozens of concerts, one live cd Live @ the Rock and Roll Supermarket and one studio album Last Man Standing further up the road. Or how a one time reunion has become a second life.
After a 3 year break between 2016 and 2019, The Mudgang is back on the (digital) road: All physical releases between 1986 and 1990 will be available starting September 26th 2019 on digital media such as Spotify, Deezer, I-tunes,…. This goes hand in hand with a series of concerts in original line-up and a 10-inch release of the first Mudgang EP (1986) in December 2019.
All in all, The Mudgang seems to be a rockin’ cat with more than 9 lives. Old habits die hard and rock and roll blood seems to be thinner than air and finds its’ way through very small gaps.