As the debate as to whether it’s better to burn out or to fade away rages on, spare a thought for Bexhill-on-Sea indie minstrels Mumm-Ra who, unduly overshadowed by the motley likes of The Automatic, The View and The Horrors on the essentially thoroughly inessential ShockWaves NME Indie Rock Tour of 2007, disbanded the following year without ever getting paid the dues they so evidently deserved. From singles Out Of The Question and She’s Got You High, to These Things Move In Threes and Light Up This Room, across their all too curt discography – one comprising début extended-play Black Hurts Day And The Night Rolls On and subsequent LP These Things Move In Threes – the Sussex ensemble exhibited not only a sonic ingenuousness, but also a rare ingenuity in an otherwise widely contrived musical stylisation. Mid-’00s indie was, lest we forget, a musical epoch best left to stray from memory like driftwood in the mustardy waters of Mumm-Ra’s native South Coast.
Nonetheless, against seemingly every odd inclusive of those that conspired to restrict seductive berceuse She’s Got You High to an only negligible international recognition, the seasiders look set to return, with the below ditty a preliminary glimpse into an as-yet-untitled forthcoming EP, which is reputedly to be followed up by a full release. Entitled Jeremy, scintillating hallmarks of yore have been dusted down and indeed refined, glittering guitar lines combining with tangles of robust bass and James “Noo” New’s affected yelp. Although intermingled in the aural mêlée are distinct signs of progress: the preemptive vocal harmonies reminiscent of bristly statesiders Local Natives; a newly remanufactured zip; and joyrider riffs that race around lyrics concerning “the end of the road.” And whilst these could once have been deemed a documentation of a lamentably unheralded outfit headed down a deadened cul-de-sac, they now resonate with renewed heuristic vigour.