Mush in Leeds
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Saturday 27th November 2021, £10.00
This is a charity event. 50% of ticket sales will be donated to Help Musicians
Help Musicians is a charity that loves music and for 100 years has been working hard to make a meaningful difference to the lives of musicians across the UK. We want to create a world where musicians thrive.
Sadly, the impact of the pandemic means the charity is needed more than ever in 2021, its centenary year. Last year we were able to provide financial hardship support to over 19,000 music creators and increase access to our mental health services by 40%. In 2021, this ongoing need will continue at scale while the music sector recovers and rebuilds.
Songwriter Dan Hyndman explains the genesis of the band as being fairly boiler plate a combination of friends old and new converging in Leeds post-uni to form a band predominantly united in their mutual affection for the Pavement back catalogue. Finally settling on a lineup of Nick Grant (bass), Tyson (guitar) and Phil Porter (drums) the bands progression has taken them far beyond this original vision.
Having garnered local attention in the early days for their unhinged and often calamitous live shows in Leeds, it was the unlikely radio hit Alternative Facts, (clocking in at an uncompromising ten minutes) that brought the Mush to the attention of a wider audience. The song, one of the last releases for the legendary Too Pure Singles Club, saw early support from Marc Riley and others on BBC 6 Music, The band played several 6 Music live sessions, and follow up single Gig Economy was added to the stations playlist. Roaming further afield from their hometown, Mush spent the first half of 2019 heading out around the UK, supporting the likes of Girl Band, The Lovely Eggs, Yak, Shame and Stereolab. At the tail end of summer of 2019 Mush headed to Leeds Green Mount Studio and with Andy Savours (Dream Wife, Our Girl, My Bloody Valentine) manning the mixing desk, their debut LP, 3D Routine was born.
3D Routine is a fully-fledged manifesto for the age of misinformation. The twin disciplines of surrealism and realism collide in the data stream, creating the absurdity of modern times. Its more than the lyrical content thats mercurial with Mush. Tracks such as Revising My Fees incisive yet worldly lyrics comment on the work/life balance, income to rent ratios and the increasingly worrying financial landscape for the younger generation, all set against a backdrop of a decade of austerity: meal-deal critique, aspirational creed. Its a vital and instructive opener for the record, setting the tone for what comes next.
The way in which the album brazenly moves from polished three-minute punk tracks, to avant-garde spoken word, to sardonic-political funk, whilst sounding like the same band is testament to an uncompromisingly unrefined ethic and compounds the jarring nature of Mush. Together, the songs form a unified, abrasive, emotive, frenetic and entirely beguiling concoction of sound and opinion, a fast-moving snapshot of current times, relatable, politically minded and incredibly personal. Music for those who want their guitars loud and weird, and their political commentary a little less on the nose.
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