THE MUMMIES – THE KINGS OF BUDGET ROCK
MAX WATTS MELBOURNE WEDNESDAY 9 MARCH 2016
Plus MESA COSA AND MIDNIGHT WOOLFE
The Mummies need no introduction as the loudest stupidest most deranged band on the planet. Destroying lives limbs and guitars worldwide since 1989.
These bandaged kooks are possibly one the most legendary Punk/Garage bands on the planet, right up there with the Cramps and The Ramones and no one knows what they really look like!! They have influenced every punk, jack, shit and harry that came after them. And they never come out to play, but…now they are heading down under for a lightning, one week, tour of Australia and New Zealand! …Get ready here come the Mummies!
The Mummies originated the ‘Budget rock sound’ told SUB POP where to get off and now they will blow you a new hole right between those useless eardrums of yours.The Mummies define what was to be a world-wide revolution of retardo rock and slope-head slop that erupted in the late 80s and early nineties spawning so many bands you can’t even start to name them all, but you can rope in most of the riot girl movement, Beat Man, King Kahn, and any of the hundreds of non corporate punk garage combos that are still wrecking guitars worldwide today.
The Mummies etched their way with a fistful of rarer than hens-nuts 45s of their own 2 minute lo-fi masterpieces like ‘Food, Sickles & Girls’, ‘I’m Gonna Kill My Baby Tonight’ and “Fight to live (on the Planet of the Apes)” and barnyard classics such as ‘Zip A Dee Doo Dah’ and ‘Stronger Than Dirt.’
England had Thee Mighty Caesars headed by cantankerous genius Billy Childish. America had The Mummies. Headed by the guy in the Mummy costume with the three other Mummies. Billy Childish said The Mummies was the only garage band he really liked.
Rebelling against pretty much everything, The Mummies consist of Trent Ruane on organ and vocals, Larry Winther on guitar, Mazz Kattuah on bass and Russell Quan on drums. Their DIY approach to the band encompassed their home-made costumes much of their equipment (the bits that worked), their transport (a daubed upon Pontiac ambulance or their epitomous mini bikes. Their desire to remain anonymous was in keeping with their disdain for stardom, fame and selling out to The Man.