Stuck Mojo is an American rap metal band from Atlanta, formed in 1989 by bassist Dwayne Fowler. The band is considered to be one of the pioneers of rap metal. They have toured alongside bands such as Machine Head and Slapshot. Stuck Mojo's most successful album, Rising, peaked at No. 48 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. The band disbanded in 2000, reforming five years later. In 2006, their original vocalist, Bonz, was replaced by rapper Lord Nelson. Stuck Mojo released their seventh studio album, Here Come the Infidels, via Pledge Music in 2016. In the press release, the band also announced the addition of two new members, Robby J. Fonts (vocals) and Len Sonnier (bassist). To date, they have released seven studio albums and one live album.
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
|Years active||1989–2000, 2005–present|
|Labels||Stuck Mojo Music, Century Media, Napalm|
|Associated acts||Fozzy, Saint Asonia, Sevendust, Sick Speed, Stereomud, Eye Empire, Bonz|
Robby J. Fonts
|Past members||Eric Sanders|
In their early days, Stuck Mojo was criticized for their hip hop influences, while some audiences directed bigotry towards Bonz, their African American lead vocalist/rapper. In 1994, Stuck Mojo signed a deal with Century Media Records, releasing their debut album, Snappin' Necks in 1995. AllMusic's Bret Love wrote that "The group's high testosterone and volume levels, and virtual lack of funkiness, ensure a somewhat limited appeal, but for angry young men with too much pent-up energy, the powerful aggression of Snappin' Necks must be close to heaven." In October 1995, the band joined Machine Head and Slapshot on a ten-week tour while living in a rented van. Stuck Mojo's first European tour followed, and they were named the best live band by MTV Europe.
Their second studio album, Pigwalk, was released on October 8, 1996. Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that "Pigwalk captures the pummelling power of the band's intense live shows, yet the group doesn't yet have the ability to construct a memorable riff or hook, leaving Pigwalk as an entertaining, but uncompelling, cross of Rage Against the Machine and Pantera." On March 3, 1998, Stuck Mojo released their third studio album, Rising. It peaked at No. 48 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. Allmusic reviewer Steve Huey wrote that "Rising shows some musical growth from Pigwalk, although Stuck Mojo still lose their musical focus on several occasions over the course of the album."
Stuck Mojo disbanded following the release of a live album, HVY1, and their fourth studio album, Declaration of a Headhunter, reforming in 2005. During the band's period of inactivity, Ward worked on side projects such as Fozzy and Sick Speed. In 2006, Stuck Mojo began recording material for a new album with original vocalist Bonz. Rapper Lord Nelson was asked to contribute guest vocals to the album. When it was decided that Bonz would not continue as the band's vocalist, Lord Nelson stepped into Bonz' position. The band's fifth studio album, Southern Born Killers, was released directly through the band's website without a label. The album was released as a free download, while the CD edition contained a bonus DVD. After signing with Napalm Records, Southern Born Killers was released nationally, with three bonus tracks. On November 28, 2008, Stuck Mojo released their sixth studio album, The Great Revival. It featured what has been described as some of the band's heaviest work, as well as some of the band's most "commercially-tinged songs".
In October 2014, it was announced that the band would be playing a reunion show December 26, 2014 at The Masquerade in Atlanta, the venue they recorded their HVY1 live album. This was to be the first time Ward, Bonz, Lowery and Fontsere shared the stage together since 1998. The band scheduled two other live reunion shows (Charlotte, North Carolina and Woodstock, Virginia) in early 2015. Although the reunion shows were filled with energy and fans relished the reunited line-up, it was reported on Blabbermouth.net that the old lineup was not working out and that Ward and Fontsere would continue on and replace Bonz and Lowery at a later time.
Here Come the Infidels and line-up (2016)Edit
In March 2016, via a press release Stuck Mojo announced they would be releasing their seventh studio album, Here Come the Infidels, via Pledge Music. In addition to the new album, Stuck Mojo announced the addition of two new members—vocalist Robby J. Fonts and Bassist Len Sonnier. Fonts is a Canadian-born musician while Sonnier hails from Vinton, Louisiana. Fonts has spurred controversy for his political views, particularly his opposition to abortion and view that transgenderism is a mental illness.
During the summer of 2016, Stuck Mojo released a series of lyric videos leading up to the release of Here Come the Infidels.
Stuck Mojo fuses Southern-based heavy metal with hip hop influences, and is considered to be one of the pioneers of rap metal. Mark Jenkins of The Washington Post noted that one of the band's songs may indicate conservative views, while other songs may indicate more uniformly distributed hostility. Jenkins writes that "the [song] "Crooked Figurehead" does begin with an anti-Clinton rant, which suggests that this Atlanta quartet is the mirror image of leftist agit-metal band Rage Against the Machine. Maybe it's not just the president the Mojos hate, though—maybe it's everyone." The band cites Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run-DMC, Faith No More, Pantera and Black Sabbath as influences.
- Rich Ward – guitar, vocals (1989–present)
- Frank Fontsere – drums (1996–2004, 2009–present)
- Len Sonnier – bass (2016–present)
- Robby J. – vocals (2016–present)
Former band membersEdit
- Bonz – vocals/lyrics – (1989–2006, 2014–2015)
- Dwayne Fowler – bass (1989–1995)
- Corey Lowery – bass, vocals (1996–1998, 2014–2015)
- Lord Nelson – vocals (2006–2009)
- Eric Sanders – drums (2005–2006)
- Rodney Beaubouef – drums (2006–2008)
- Sean Delson – bass (2004–2009)
- Dan Dryden – bass (1998–2001)
- Tim Maines – drums
- Ryan Mallam – guitar (2000–2001)
- Mike Martin – guitar(2005–2009)
- Brent Payne – drums (1993–1995)
- Karman Gossett – drums
- Steve "Nailz" Underwood – drums (2008–2009)
- Brad Hasty – drums
- Scott Spooner – keyboards
- John Carpenter – drums
- Richard Farmer – drums (1989–1990)
- Benjamin Reed – drums (1990–1993)
- Will Hunt – drums (1997, as a touring member)
- Andrew Freund – vocals (1989)
- Keith Watson – bass (2002–2004)
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- Rich Ward interview with Talking Metal Online, March 31, 2016
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- Rich Ward interviewed by Hayley Licks at Bloodstock 2016; August 16, 2016
- Rich Ward interviewed by Mike James, Radio and Online Magazine; August 17, 2016