Mum glitch into your dreams. - Oh My Rockness

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October 30, 2007
Mum plays two shows (one in a church and one at a "society") in NYC on November 9th and 10th as part of the wonderful Wordless Music Series. Wordless explains who they are and what they're all about much better than we ever could.

Two guys and twin sisters make up the positively dreamy electro band, Mum. The crew met in 1997 while working on a children's play. Of course they did. Mum could easily be commissioned to score the music for, say, "Alice in Wonderland" or "Jack and the Beanstalk." Like their Icelandic counterparts, Sigur Ros, Mum write ethereal fanciful musical compositions that remind one of pink scratch 'n sniff bunny rabbits hopping in a yellow felt field of blue poppies.

At the beginning, Mum were more of a conventional rock band. You know, with guitars and bass and things. But soon into their foray, Gyoa, Kristin, Orvar and Gunnar discovered that really they were much more influenced by Aphex Twin than Radiohead. It just took them awhile to figure that out. The band found inspiration in His Knob Twiddler-ness' use of bouncing melodies, beep-clicks, and crackly percussion.

So they incorporated this scattered electric sound into their work, but softened it and made it warmer for the masses. The result was something one could possibly get away with calling 'post-electro-dreamcore.' Or something. You can hear it for yourself on their sensational debut Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today is OK, written when all the members were in their teens. (It sure seems like 19 is the new 40 these days).

Now with a few solid albums under their belts, including the just released, "Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy," Mum is still beep-clicking away and leaving their child's play (and rocking) behind them.

Mum play The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, on Friday, November 9th, and the Society for Ethical Culture, on Saturday, November 10th.


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