We all need a good cleanse now and then, and from time to time our sore Muscles cry out gleefully when we get up and get Tough. The idiosyncrasies of modern life requires it. Three teachers hailing from Philadelphia know this most of all— what many of us recognize as a mainstay in the Philly Jam and local festival scene—the Bizarro Party Funk champions that make up Muscle Tough.
NEPAudio recently had the pleasure of chatting with these gentlemen, and boy did they chat. With a steady show schedule, numerous festival appearances, a new album in the works, and a recently announced New Years Eve run, Muscle Tough has been hitting the proverbial gym, churning out their unique fare and maintaining an energy matched by their performances.
To cap off a productive 2018 and launch into an eventful 2019, the guys will be hosting Clear your History: A New Years Eve Cleanse with Muscle Tough.
The New Years Eve run will consist of a happy hour from 5:30-7:30 the 28th, 29th, and 30th. And then 6:30-8:30 the 31st. All free, all ages.
Throughout the run the guys will have a rotation of special guests lined up, one recently announced is Snarky Puppy’s Chris Bullock.
Drawing on their connections with North Philadelphia’s North Bowl, they will be setting up shop in the same ecosystem as the now revered Funk and Bowl. This Cleanse is sure to be a natural fit for it’s time and place.
Moving forward into 2019 Muscle Tough will be spending a lot of time in the studio crafting an album that nods to the absurd experience of modern dating.
“We have a bunch of new material, the idea of it being a modern romance themed EP is literally in song title only; it’s still fun Muscle Tough stuff,” guitarist Ross Bellenoit said.
“We have songs like ‘Waiting for Bae’, ‘Tinder Bender’, ‘Swiper no Swiping’…another Tinder reference and also a Dora The Explorer reference, which enough people have recognized so we’re sticking with the title,” Jonathon Colman, bassist, added.
With additional tracks such as ‘We Met on Chat Roullette’ and ‘Down to Clown’, Muscle Tough is poised to have these gems padding their 2019 resume.
2018 has been a tumultuous year, as they all are. One of the constants has been that wherever Muscle Tough plays people dance, people smile, people ask (joyfully) ‘what is going on?’, and people remember to text their dads. The close of year for Muscle Tough will surely be filled with the same organized improvisation as their pending 2019 endeavors. We along for the ride should have no shortages of things to look forward to with this happily outlandish trio.