The fact that the Muffs weren’t a bigger deal back in the ’90s had less to do with their abilities than the fact that they were just a little too far ahead of their time. During the peak years of the grunge era, a band that combined power pop, garage rock, and punk was apparently a hard sell, even if they were making some of the most infectious tunes in alt-rock at the time.
Since then, though, it’s become a fairly common formula in the rock underground, especially in the scene that’s coalesced around California indie label Burger Records. The Muffs recently teamed up with Burger to release their first new album in 10 years, Whoop Dee Doo, which comes out July 29. Judging by “Weird Boy Next Door,” they haven’t lost any of their edge in the meantime, and frontwoman Kim Shattuck’s throat-shredding howl hasn’t lost any of its power.