Rated 5 out of
What Happened to Mums?
Akin to all power pop combos...in fact all power to Power Pop combos divested of the nowadays smarmy back drops of good food and clean living - Power Pop usually being the preserve old Scandinavian 1970's Partridge based folklore - I find the Metz reference somewhat apt regards the band's performing and presenting it's oeuvre; that is there were no frills... a basic case of: Get up and do it and get off!!! Which is cool by me... And allows for maximum enjoyment...
No band stroke audience based banter - wherein original and amusing kiddie tells us his life story... or some dubious tale to accompany each song.... no weird innuendo to add some spice to the life of such proceedings - that's the preserve of Future Of The Left - it was, as the music is, played to maximum effect and without any torpid gluttonous self satisfaction - basic tunes played fast fast fast with the added bonus of no encore.. which I miss in my gig going and which is the mainstay of any rock concert... It used to be a case of watch the band play, see how many times you can get the band to come back for another rendition of that old fav and then wander off aimlessly into the night waxing lyrical about how gloriously drunk one had gotten off nought more than - Power Pop!!!!
These songs do seem to be cominglings of such bands as Tokyo Police Club, Metz and Mums.. In fact I was listening to the band's earlier output and feeling: you sure this aint Mums?, this could just be Mums if I shut my eyes hard enough and then looked at the woman opposite me... as though we were sat in a front room somewhere staid listening to the record I bought as I think: yeah, this is pretty cool.. I can handle my Power Pop - can you?
Date published: 2020-02-10