PUDDLE OF MUDD frontman Wes Scantlin, who got sober a couple of years ago, has credited God with saving his life.
After the arrival of 2009's "Volume 4: Songs In The Key Of Love And Hate", Scantlin endured his share of issues with both substance abuse and the legal system. Last year, Scantlin said that he finally got his life together after years of legal troubles, canceled or disrupted shows and arrests for disorderly or drunken behavior.
Speaking to U.K.'s Kerrang! magazine what it was like being incarcerated, Wes said: "Jail is cold. It's very, very cold… I just wanted to not freeze to death and stuff, you know? It was pretty scary and I gained like 60 pounds. Three hots and a cot, man."
"I was in solitary confinement for three months," he explained. "There weren't any other inmates. I was basically just locked in a cage. I didn't have anybody to look at or talk to — it was just one jail cell after another.
"I just did a lot of push-ups and sit-ups and did a lot of praying and stuff. God basically got me through all that stuff. It was scary and I wish it upon no one. It's basically like being locked in a cage for three months without anybody trying to give you any love."
Asked what his relationship with God was like through those tough times, Wes said: "God's always been here for me the entire time. I just got done praying for the day, and I'm pretty sure that he probably just put me there. I was trying to escape from a bunch of really whack-ass, freaky-deaky people, and I think He was just, 'Hey, I'll do this for you and you can get away from everybody like that for the rest of your life.' So I'm blessed by God for having to endure that kind of incarceration, which is mind-blowing and crazy, but it's obviously helped me get to another chapter in my life which is filled with love and positivity and joy and happiness."
According to Wes, he never lost faith in God or cursed him out when he was going through the bad times.
"I would never curse God," he explained. "You don't want to do that, because he's pretty awesome. So I never did that. I just thanked him every day for the struggles that I was going through and I thank him for everything that's ever happened in my life. I thank him a bunch and thank him a bunch and then throw in a little, 'Maybe you could make this happen…' for some happiness in my life."
PUDDLE OF MUDD's first studio album in ten years, "Welcome To Galvania", was released on September 13 via Pavement Entertainment. The disc consists of ten new tracks and was produced by Cameron Webb (ALKALINE TRIO, DISTURBED, MOTÖRHEAD).
PUDDLE OF MUDD broke into the mainstream with 2001's "Come Clean", which yielded three hits — "Control", "Blurry" and "She Hates Me".