The Pop Cop never used to believe you really could have too much of a good thing but the sheer number of sharp new bands we’ve been listening to in 2007 often makes us wonder how we find time to empty the bins.
In previous years These Things Move In Threes, the wonderfully slick debut album from MUMM-RA, would have been as familiar to us as a knife and fork; the East Sussex group have key changes in all the right places, choruses that soar as if fuelled by Viagra and an unashamed streak of fun in their music.
But undoubtedly the biggest challenge facing the quintet is to make themselves heard above the volume of their peers. If Mumm-Ra take a listen to Pull Tiger Tail, Scouting For Girls, Switches, The Rumble Strips, Ghosts, The Pigeon Detectives, Good Shoes, GoodBooks, Kubichek! and The Maccabees (phew), they’ll quickly realise they’re far from the only fresh-faced English boys who know their way around a tune.
Only time (and possibly luck) will tell which wannabes last the pace.
Mumm-Ra – Out Of The Question
August 11, Belladrum Festival, Inverness