Release Date: Feb 14, 2020
Record label: Memphis Industries
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Mush have already carved out a reputation for eschewing compromise, between their chaotic early live shows and the fact the Leeds group made their breakthrough when the nine-minute 'Alternative Facts' was heavily rotated by Marc Riley on 6 Music. It closes proceedings on '3D Routine', but before that, we're taken on a deeply idiosyncratic rollercoaster that slaloms through styles; they sound like a weirder Pavement one minute on 'Existential Dread' and 'Coronation Chicken', and then suddenly veer off towards crunching, Tom Morello-esque riffery on 'Fruits of the Happening'. The title track, meanwhile, is at once groovy and impressionistic, bringing in flecks of brass as the guitars duel, whilst 'Eat the Etiquette' and 'No Signal in the Paddock' take a loose approach to traditional time signatures.
If nothing else, Mush are a lot of fun. Hailing from Leeds in England, the post-punk four-piece barrel through each of the songs on 3D Routine, their debut record, with an exuberance that's hard not to find infectious. The guitar lines run parallel and across one another, the vocals catch at the ….