Tommy Stinson steps into a solo role with his new disc, One Man Mutiny.Tommy Stinson can claim one of the most unique résumés in all of rock. As a 12-year-old, he helped found the seminal 1980s alternative band the Replacements; for the last decade-plus he’s served as Axl Rose’s bassist in the reconstituted Guns N’ Roses; and in between, he fronted Bash & Pop and Perfect, a pair of underrated bands.
These days, amid his various professional duties — which include manning the bass for Soul Asylum — Stinson is focusing on a solo career with the release of his album One Man Mutiny (Done to Death Music, $15). “I wanted to put my own music in the forefront,” Stinson says.
Recorded over the past seven years — the period since the release of Village Gorilla Head, his 2004 solo debut — Mutiny was cut during downtime from tours in studios in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. The collection boasts a wide range of sounds, from the garage stomp of “Don’t Deserve You” to the kaleidoscopic pop of “All This Way for Nothing.” But creating a one-note record would’ve been a bore for someone with as varied a musical background as Stinson’s.
“I would hate to make a record with 10 or 11 songs that are all the same,” Stinson says. “I’m trying to challenge myself to do different things.”