This time last Saturday I was standing hungover to heck in the main theatre at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff hoping that the men who'd just stumbled up on stage weren't going to play anything too loud that might tip me over the edge.
30 seconds after they had started playing my hangover had evaporated and I was grinning ear-to-ear, resplendent in the joyous sounds that were emanating from the stage.
The band were Glasgow's Mitchell Museum and, at very short notice, I have managed to book them into Telfords Warehouse, Chester *this Friday night*.
Please check out the songs on their myspace page to hear why I'm so enthused. If you have a love for Flaming Lips, the Beach Boys, 18 Wheeler, Animal Collective, Mercury Rev... heck, anything with surging, uplifting melodies and harmonies from the very vaults of heaven, then you're going to enjoy them. A lot.
Entry is FREE before 9pm [all night with a student card], and £4 thereafter.
I'll be playing music to put joy in your heart. That is my brief for the night. Expect The Shins, Teenage Fanclub, the Staples Sisters, Grizzly Bear and a hundred other dreamers with pop-shaped souls.
I know times are hard. I know money is tight. I know Christmas is coming. But I also know that this band will enrich your lives and give you an experience beyond mere pounds and pence. Our beers are pretty good, too.
If you want any more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
’MITCHELL MUSEUM’ – indie rock. Experimental pop from Glasgow, Scotland.
Childhood sweethearts and members of the young inventors club, the lasting union between brothers Cammy and Raindeer and friends Kris and Dougie led to the formation of MITCHELL MUSEUM in 2008, where they have been swapping home recordings and often regular instruments for banjos, accordions, children’s toys and various buzzing, beeping and burping music makers.
Drawing influence from American and Canadian experimental indie bands including Animal Collective, Flaming Lips, Wolf Parade and Modest Mouse, MITCHELL MUSEUM create an experimental pop sound with strong hints to folk, psych, and electronica.
A reputation for hyperactive and entertaining live shows have led MITCHELL MUSEUM to be described as “a frenzied Grandaddy” and “a lovable bundle of keyboard-driven madness” by The Fly, and 2009 has seen them play the Rockness festival, support Sunset Rubdown and Midlake, and visit many UK towns, cities and motorway service stations for the first time.
Since releasing their first two singles “Warning Bells” and “Tiger Heartbeat” on Vinyl and C10 cassette via the musical arm of essential boutique clothing label Electra French, the band have earned national airplay from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson and Marc Riley, who had the band in session in January. Reviews for the singles led the Rough Trade shop online to state “This is the magic new sound of young Scotland and soon every major independent label will be fighting for their signature. It has energy, intrigue and shouts 'massive potential'.”