The So Long Vinyls are a relatively new band, consisting of four members: vocalist and guitar player Matthew Mudd, guitar player Dillon Stocker, bass player Jared Heberer (AKA “Melon”), and on the drums is Clint Rhodes (AKA Uncle Clint.) The band officially started in October of 2013, when Jared, Clint, and Matthew got together to jam out some misfits covers. This led to Matthew showing the guys some of the music he had been writing on his own, which took off into what we now know as The So Long Vinyls. They started out in Jared’s dads’ basement, quietly playing acoustic songs so as to not disturb him. A few months later, Dillon heard a recording of the band’s first single, “New Years,” and loved it. He then became very persistent about wanting to play lead guitar for The So Long Vinyls. He auditioned, and became a permanent member of the band in March 2014. Since then, they have written thirteen songs with Matthew and Dillon taking over the writing aspect of the music.
The name “The So Long Vinyls” has a very hauntingly beautiful backstory. Matthew said it came to him in a dream one night, where he was in an old record store. The man working asked him what he was looking for and he replied, “I need something with substance.” The clerk then directed Matthew to a section of the store that was labeled “The So Long Vinyls,” and proceeded to explain that it consisted of records made up of songs that were saying goodbye to people that the artists never wanted to say goodbye to. When Matthew woke up, he was inspired by it, and felt it to be the perfect name for the band.
The So Long Vinyls don’t really have a set genre of music that they play. They don’t want to set any boundaries for themselves so they are able to explore any type of music that they want. Overall their music could be described at intense, exciting, and intricately melodic. If you were forced to put it into a category though, Indie Rock is probably closest to fitting the bill.
“I know for a while I really got lost in the 50’s and 60’s doo-wop and soul. It was just such a pure time in music. Something about how a cheesy line like ‘hold me baby,’ could make the hair on the back of your neck stand up really appealed to me. So we have some doo-wop esque songs, as well as some folky songs,” Matthew said.
He also expressed that he likes to just sit and listen to crickets and more natural sounds for inspiration to write. He uses the ticking of his clock when writing so as to stay sharp with placing his words to a rhythm. Their songs are about several topics, but Matthew said, “they are mostly about being human, surviving, good and evil, spiritual experiences, love, loss, anger, frustration, alienation, bliss, sex, despair, and sorrow.”
They have recorded seven songs, but only a few professionally, which can be accessed HERE . There are plans to release a debut album this summer featuring ten songs and titled, “Give Up On Yourself, Indiana.”
The band’s main goal is to inspire. To inspire other musicians and people in general to follow their dreams and to not give up on themselves (the debut album is titled ironically purposefully), and to be able to live from the yields of their labors. Doing this as a career is their dream.
“I hope to self-sustain from making music and entertaining,” says Matthew.
At their shows, you can expect to see a lot of energy, comedy, and “four really good looking guys,” says Matthew. They have several shows booked this summer, including the Full Moon Festival, which is June 12th and 13th.
The So Long Vinyls bring something very different and unique to the music scene. They believe they have restored some hope in the Evansville scene and given people a reason to go see a live band.
“A lot of people tell us that if anyone makes it out of here it will be us, so I think giving the locals a band that they believe will succeed outside of this city is our contribution. I think we are one of the few bands around here who really puts their blood, sweat, and tears into our music.”
This band is not something to miss out on. They have a sweet, melodic sound and incredible lyrics, and hearts as big as the moon. They truly love what they do, and are an inspiring to artists of all forms in the area. So go have a listen on sound cloud, or better yet, check out one of their live shows. You will not be sorry that you did.