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Album Review: Mummy Short Arms – Old Jack’s Windowless Playhouse

Glasgow based band Mummy Short Arms have formed just over a year ago and they’ve already managed to record a full length debut album called Old Jack’s Windowless Playhouse, which has been released on Monday 21st May.

I’ve been looking forward to this album since hearing their released singles ChangeCigarette Smuggling and Silicone Dream (watch videos below), which are nothing but original, crazy and fun – just totally different from anything else you come across these days.  I could not wait to hear what else has this band in store. And what an experience it has been listening to this record!

I am a big fan of unique vocals and here I definitely discovered a voice that’s not easy to compare. Singer James Allan is surely going for it with his howling-like voice that might surprise you at first but after listening to the full album, you cannot imagine the songs without it. It’s something that makes Mummy Short Arms who they are.

There should always be that special thing which makes any band stand out – in this case it’s James’ voice and his brilliant way of expressing it. No wonder their sound has been compared to the likes of Tom Waits.

There is a strong dose of freedom and energy coming out of this record and the tracks are very well mastered musically with a great combination of guitars and synths. I fell in love with it after the first listen and maybe even more after the second.

Put the album on at any time of the day and let its feel-good powers lift your spirits right up.

Favourite tracks: Cigarette Smuggling, Where’s the Mortuary?, Rusty Jose, Whisky Avalanche, Change, Silicone Dream

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Kick to Kill – Scotland’s Best Kept Secret

The Scottish synth rock band that formed in 2007 in Glasgow might have remained a secret for a few years but not anymore.

Kick to Kill are a band to watch in 2012. With their upcoming new single Avalanche (out May 14th), the word has been spreading fast by people and music bloggers. It’s really not that hard to fall for their incredible, dark and mysterious sound that gets under your skin in no time.

Avalanche is a track that draws your attention with its sound cracking intro and once the vocals kick in, it’s nothing but perfection.

Four members Dave Cook (Vocals / Guitar), Harris Hill (Synth), Lewis Macaulay (Drums / Vocals) and Ewen Shearer (Bass) have mastered a sound that’s been compared to greats like Joy Division, Jesus and Mary Chain or The Stooges but put their own stamp on it.

Their debut album is set for release later this year and it’s said to be a killer record. Another one to surely watch out for!

You can buy Kick to Kill’s previous singles Cut Me and Black Kisses on Itunes.

 

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