Mumm-Ra – the Freudian slip of band names – it’s a joke, you’ll know, if you’ve seen the ThunderCats cartoon series.
Band of the week no less, on Lamacq’s 6 Music show. At 15, they say, they were the only ones listening to guitar music (!) in their highschool (?!). Good Heavens. Isn’t that one of the first types of music you discover in your years of fiercest rebeldom? I liked the fact that they couldn’t get enough of pointing out how corny they are: brainstorming tracklistings for future albums on the back of history class notebooks, recording imaginary interviews with Australian accents. I love these human details about people I see only in pictures.
Oasis and erm Ocean Colour Scene were their soft points in their beginnings which means they’ve come a long way baby. The point is I hear potential. Mumm-Ra are notoriously “confident” onstage which is frowned-upon. Congratulations chaps, you’re caught in the vicious circle so many mainstream artists before have experienced. Of course they’re confident, they’ve been playing live for five years. Their current set brought them record company glory. The only way you can tell whether they’re really good or only okay is by seeing them live, I’m in limbo here. If you’re planning on going to the Oxegen Festival in Ireland or the Fuji Rock Festival, you might want to check them out. Lamacq’s Wednesday show on 6 Music – lend your ears to it here. I had a flashback there, recording from the radio. It felt childish.
Here’s the track played on the show. Might be a bit dodgy.. If anyone has quality recordings, feel free to drop a link.
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