I have no idea where the inspiration for the band name came from but inexplicably, somehow MUMMY SHORT ARMS just seems to fit the music of this Glasgow seven-piece.
So now you’re going to ask, “What’s the music like, then..?”
Ha! Where do I start in trying to describe ‘Cigarette Smuggling?’ The medium of written word is probably not the best means by which to try and do justice to this rather magical debut single.
Opening in a rather casual manner with random spoken and laughing voices together with a haunting synth line playing over what sounds like a battered old saloon-bar piano, the scene is set for almost four minutes of stylish, jazz and bluesy ramblings.
It conjures images of the wonderful Captain Beefheart doing his best Tom Waits impression to a Bob Dylan song in a dank and smoke-filled basement bar.
‘Searching For A Body’ racks up on the beat, the guitar is distorted, the piano at points discordant. The indistinct vocals are borderline frenzied and delivered through a cigarette-smoke-infused throat.
(Released through Flowers In The Dustbin on 30th May 2011)
(10 / 10)