I rarely champion bands here more than once or twice, which just means there’s so much music – or only so much music you’ll listen to time and again; (sort of) fact: people only listen to around 23% of the songs on their iPods habitually.
Mumm-Ra, as of now, are among the 23% of my listening habits.
Sounds menacing doesn’t it.
Mainly since my audiobloggery I’ve been getting spam. Occasionally though you get a mail of good augur. Mumm-Ra’s label saw right through me and sent me the band’s first release, an EP that I knew for sure was going to be good and checking it out avant-premiere-style would also be good. There, all good things considered, I just needed to know what specifics to render here to you guys (or, you Rabbits and Bunnys and all things fluffy! as the band addressed their MySpace friends last time).
The overall sound is what some people might tag as indie rock. Quivering guitar here, distort there, balanced lyrics referring to personal situations and various social references… But there’s that extra magic that makes some indie-ish bands not blow it. What I like on my plate is diversity within a genre. I took my iPod, took a walk, and soaked up the Mumm-Ra. I was wonderfully surprised by the way “There She Is” rolls out gently like a fluffy carpet on a winding road. There’s a typically bucolic sadness about all the songs and especially “The Temple“. It progresses from percussion-glowing-pop laced with minor chords, to a little bit of madness – imagine a crying trumpet on a deserted landscape while all the other instruments are planning a siege. Finally, they jump on the lonesome trumpet.
“Black Hurts Day And The Night Rolls On” is out tomorrow, and it does its job well enough; I’ll pre-order the LP, when there’s something to order in a ‘pre’ fashion.
You have to read their bio – laid-back and inconspicuous, with just the style of writing I tend to appreciate (that or the mention of sugary-based delights).
Whatever they attract, it won’t be flies. I’m patting said EP on the back. And its creators, the Mumm-Ra gang: Tate, Noo, Oli, Niall and Gareth.
Mumm-Ra myspace (check out the artwork)