Round One is the first in a series of projected releases from Jumpstarted Plowhards, a furiously rocking combo featuring bassist extraordinaire Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Stooges and countless collaborations) and guitarist/singer Todd Congelliere (Toys That Kill, F.Y.P, Underground Railroad to Candyland) and a rotating cast of drummers.
Todd and Mike first met in the early ’90s when F.Y.P shared bills with Watt’s bass duo, Dos. In 2013, Mike Watt + the Secondmen released their version of Toys That Kill’s “No One” on both a split 7” with Qui and a covers compilation of Todd’s songs. Throughout the first two decades of the 21st century, Mike Watt + the Missingmen frequently did dates with Toys That Kill. After a 2017 West Coast tour together, Watt proposed a collaboration. He’d supply Todd with bass parts recorded to click tracks and Todd would flesh out the songs with guitars and vocals and recruit different drummers to complete the respective tunes.
In the Summer of 2018, Todd received a CDR with 15 selections and headed to his Clown Sound studio and got down to business feeling both excited and overwhelmed. After laying his parts down and getting Watt to record spiels on two songs, Todd began contacting drummers. As each song started taking shape, a prospective drummer usually popped into his head.
Drummers include George Hurley (Minutemen, fIREHOSE), Patty Schemel (Hole), as well as regular Watt colleagues Jerry Trebotic (Secondmen) and Raul Morales (Missingmen), Jimmy Felix (Toys That Kill), Nick Aguilar (Slaughterhouse, Neighborhood Brats), Brian Brunac (Fartbarf) and Trevor Rounseville (Clown Sounds).