|Sat 12 Mar 2016, 8:00pm|
Finally! A band that does not dress stupidly announces nz shows in March
the kings of budget rock ..... The Mummies!
Those bandaged bards of garage rock The Mummies make their way to NZ for their first ever shows in this part of the world.
Formed in San Bruno California in 1989, they achieved almost cult like stature as the Kings Of Budget Rock. Using department store instruments and amplifiers from the early 60s, and travelling in a customised Pontiac ambulance from the same time, playing their own brand of electrifying garage rock.
The Mummies are especially known for their matching, tattered mummy costumes they wear on stage and the impertinent and insulting attitude that they bring with them. They created and promoted the concept of 'Budget Rock' which rejected professionalism and star status in favour of a simplified do-it-yourself aesthetic. As part of this concept they perform and recorded only on outdated and often damaged equipment. As part of their lo-fi manifesto, they released their music on vinyl for many years. One of their albums was called Fuck CDs. They were later bootlegged on CD with an album called Fuck the Mummies.
Breaking up in 1994 they reformed in the new millennium.
The band maintain a webpage, but, consistent with their DIY aesthetic, shun social media including Facebook and Twitter.
For those of you new to The Mummies - think of bands from the Pacific NW of the USA like The Sonics, The Wailers (NOT the reggae group), Crypt Records Back From The Grave compilations ,with reverbed surf guitar played by lunatics who at the age they are now (5000+ years old) should really know better. This is WYLD garage rock and roll. Not for the faint hearted.
The Mummies are
Trent Ruane - vocals and Farfisa
Russell Quan - drums
Larry Winther - guitar
Maz Kattuah - bass
The Kings Of Budget Rock - The Mummies
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