MUDVAYNE's new single, "Happy?" has been posted online in streaming audio at this location.
"Happy?" is the first single from the group's new album, "Lost and Found", due on April 12 via Epic Records. The single is scheduled to go for radio adds on February 14.
In a recent interview with ClosedCoffin.com, MUDVAYNE drummer Matt McDonough explained why the band chose to release "Happy?" as the album's first single after shooting a video for the considerably less radio-friendly "Fucking Determined" last October.
"Just as in the spirit of this [club] tour [MUDVAYNE embarked on in late January], 'Determined' was just, for lack of a better term, a publicity stunt," he said. "In the sense that we took the song and we surfaced it to our fans, we pressed a couple hundred thousand samplers, I don't know maybe not that many, but a lot! Just single CDs and we gave it away free! It was more of the sense of just giving back to the fans, letting everyone know that we appreciate. Kind of as a contradiction to the Internet downloading thing, we're not afraid to let our fans have a song. We thought that was a really cool thing so it wasn't necessarily a single release. It was never surfaced directly to the radio, if the radio played it that was their prerogative."
Asked if the band go about choosing the song that's going to be released as a single or if their label does that, McDonough said, "Oh no, we pretty much have our own say so, it's definitely a collaborative relationship. Theoretically, we have a say in every aspect of the way that our career is worked through the label. Of course, there is give and take and everybody has their own opinions. Obviously, people who work in the radio department at the record label, that's their job, they're supposed to know, so you want to trust their instincts, their intuition. But we've never had any serious contradictions, as far as singles that we've wanted to put out, everyone has pretty much agreed. It was between two songs, 'Happy?' and another one, and it wasn't so much of a fight over who won. It was more of, 'Wow, these are both good songs to lead a record with!' We all just kind of sat back and took a couple of months reflecting and feeling it out and living with the songs before we made a decision. Case in point to note, we've got some other strong singles to follow this one! Which we're excited about, we've never had a really strong second radio single. With 'L.D. 50', we had 'Dig', then we never really had a strong follow-up single to that. So we're really excited and have some expectations and hopes that we can lead with another strong second single after 'Happy?'."
The follow-up to 2002's gold-certified "The End of All Things to Come", "Lost and Found" was recorded at The Plant studio in Sausalito, California with producer Dave Fortman (former UGLY KID JOE guitarist), who has previously worked with SUPERJOINT RITUAL and EVANESCENCE, among others. Other songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Just" and "Pushing Through".