Ryan Martinie says that he doesn’t know if MUDVAYNE will ever reunite.
It’s been just under a decade since MUDVAYNE released its self-titled fifth album and little has been heard about the group during that time.
The bassist, who joined MUDVAYNE after the recording of the 1997 “Kill, I Oughtta” EP, told MetalSucks that he and his bandmates appreciate the fact that there are thousands of fans out there who are still interested in the group’s music.
“Man, there’s always talk [about us coming back],” he said. “Which is a good thing. I’m fortunate enough that the thing that we made together still garners some kind of interest from our fans and for those people who may have wanted to see us and never got to. There’s still kind of the, ‘Man, are they gonna do it?’
“I don’t have any answers for you on that front,” he continued. “Only that it’s fun when MUDVAYNE still is something that people enjoy… But as far as it being a future item… I don’t know. Only time can tell.”
Last year, guitarist Greg Tribbett said that fans who are calling for a MUDVAYNE reunion “just need a little more patience.” He explained: “We’re all flattered that everybody still wants MUDVAYNE to tour and do a new record and come out and do all that stuff. The thing is is that everybody is in three different bands and kind of doing their own projects, and there’s no time for that right now.”
Tribbett‘s current focus is AUDIOTOPSY, which released its second full-length album, “The Real Now”, last November via Megaforce Records. He is joined in that band by MUDVAYNE drummer Matt McDonough, SKRAPE vocalist Billy Keeton and bassist Perry Stern.
MUDVAYNE did not tour behind its fifth album, which was barely promoted and sold weakly upon release.
Vocalist Chad Gray, who has been a member of HELLYEAH for more than a decade, has expressed skepticism about the possibility of a MUDVAYNE reunion, noting in a 2015 interview that “the only way I personally would want to do MUDVAYNE is if everybody licked their wounds and got over it.”
Tribbett was also part of HELLYEAH with Gray but was fired from that band in 2013.
Asked in Revolver magazine if Greg‘s exit from HELLYEAH hit him especially hard, seeing as the two of them started off playing together in MUDVAYNE, Chad said: “Yeah, man. He has always been my right-hand man. He’s been the back I look at when I’m writing songs and the sounding board for my ideas. When everything went sideways, it was like losing a great friend. I was filled with fear and I had mixed emotions. At first, I was like, Goddamn, I don’t know if I’m ever gonna be able to do this without him.”