Although a new band on the ‘scene’, North Carolina’s Mean Green have been making a hell of a lot of noise on the live circuit in their native and neighbouring states with their crushing take on sludge, doom and metal. With rasping vocals akin to Kirk Fisher from fellow North Carolina sludgers Buzzov•en, coupled with their slow and despondent heavy riffage, you get the idea of where Mean Green have firmly planted themselves.
With their debut Self-Titled seven-track album now in the can and a release date set for 24th March, today, The Shaman can bring you the third single with the pulverising Crow, and about the track, guitarist and vocalist Jake Helms says…
‘The Crow was actually the first song we wrote after forming Mean Green. We were still in discussions about where we wanted the direction of the band to go. I wrote the riffs and lyrics during one practice, and we just rolled with it. At that point the sludgy doom style of Mean Green was pretty much solidified.’
Now spread your wings by clicking play below to be spirited away by Mean Green and Crow…
More On Mean Green & Self-Titled
Mean Green is a three-piece stoner doom band formed in early 2022 by Jacob Helms, Alex Wierback, and James Matthews who enjoy playing metal music as loud as possible and at a slower pace than most people are used to. Armed with much larger guitar and bass rigs than necessary for smaller venues, their tone and energy are a force to be reckoned with in the western North Carolina music community. From the start they knew they did not want to be just another cover band in their small college town of Boone, North Carolina, they began writing their own music.
Each of them are experienced working musicians and have connections in the local music scene. They decided to go an unconventional route and immediately went on tour when they had enough original music to fill out a set. This allowed them to make more connections and friends in the growing metal scene around North Carolina. With the help of other bands and promoters they met along the way, they began performing in well-known venues in Atlanta, Asheville, Raleigh and Johnson City spreading their take on doom metal to new cities.
Their live performances bring an energy that is on par with stoner doom legends. Their slower songs would put people into fuzzed-out trances, while the fast-paced songs are mosh worthy. This combination left something for everyone to enjoy, whether it was a crushing doom breakdown or a mid-tempo driving riff to groove to.
With no music officially released, the band solely relied on word of mouth and self-promotion for getting fans to their shows. They found with every show they played people wanted to hear more. Without an album for fans to listen to, they quickly got into the studio to record their debut in August of 2022 and planning their first release on March 24th 2023. Mean Green is continually gaining traction in their musical career and is not going to stop anytime soon.
Mean Green Tracklist:
03. Mean Green
05. Last Bullet
06. Grease Monkey
07. The Deal
Mean Green is:
Jake Helms – Guitar, Vocals
Alex Wierback – Bass
James Matthews – Drums
Mean Green, the bands debut album featuring seven tracks of crushing sludge and doom metal, releases 24th March and is available to pre-order over on Bandcamp.