August 19th, 2011 at 11:01 am
Some of you likely saw them at Wakarusa, waddling toward stage, wrapped in linens… and carrying a trumpet or some other instrument.
This is the signature entrance of Here Come the Mummies, a Nashville, Tenn.-based 12-piece that performs neo- funk and soul.
The group is waddling back into the area, starting this weekend. They’ll perform tonight (Aug. 19) at Neumeier’s Rib Room in Fort Smith. Admission to that show is $20. They are also scheduled to perform on Dec. 8 at George’s Majestic Lounge.
I interviewed one of the band members. Sort of. The mummies like to cloak their identities, so to speak, but a semi-anonymous group member returned an email question-and-answer session. That resulted in a story you can read online, or you can see the full transcript below if you click on the ‘more’ link at the end of the story.
What’s Up!: Tell me a little bit about Mummy headquarters. Where are you writing from right now?
Here Come the Mummies: We write and record at The Crypt, an exclusive, state of the art, secret, undisclosed, yet sexy, studio in Nashville, Tenn. It really only lacks a better stocked fridge.
WU: Which mummy (or mummies) is/are responding to these questions?
HCtM: Java Mummy, (loud) mouth of the band.
WU: Tell me a little bit about how you got your Mummy name.
HCtM: Not really sure, for I have had it for such a long time. Memory is not something I possess in abundance.
WU: Is keeping your costume in shape and clean quite an ordeal?
HCtM: Costume? Who’s wearing a costume? Clean? What is clean?
WU: When I saw you live in June, it looked like a few of you might of tucked Camelbaks under your linens. Is that original Mummy equipment?
HCtM: That would be awesome, but not the case. For mummies, we stay too dry during shows, and it is dangerous … and not in a cool way.
WU: Is the type of funky rock music you play common to Egypt, or were you inspired elsewhere?
HCtM: Over the last several thousand years, we have made it our mission to make as many ladies dance as possible. Our current blend of funk, rock, pop and Latin styles makes them shake and shimmy in droves.
WU: The band is also known for its parade-like entrances. Is that a dance move, or is that just the way you walk?
HCtM: We just like to make a big and memorable entrance, and the drums, commotion, etc seem to make such a lasting impression.
WU: The band doesn’t mind being a bit salacious in lyrics and onstage actions. Trying to make up for lost time while you were buried, huh?
HCtM: Salacious, we love it. It is just the way we are, and for the most part, it brings out the same mindset in the crowd, which leads to a great night for all involved. Let’s face it, we could all use a little, safe naughtiness in our lives, and we just help uncover the buried freak in all of us.
WU: A lot of people from this area were introduced to you when you performed at Wakarusa this summer. What were your thoughts about that gig?
HCtM: It was HOT … very HOT.
WU: For a bunch of dead guys, you try to keep things pretty lively onstage. How do you explain that contrast?
HCtM: Well, you have to understand our history. We were cursed into mummy-dom by a pharaoh for busting moves on his lovely daughters. Thus, we were preserved with our functioning organs fully intact. This means that instead of your dusty mummy stereotype, we get down.
WU: Mummies can be a little terrifying. What about you guys?
HCtM: We are often misunderstood, but we are like Mike: lovers, not fighters. I think people tend to like the juxtaposition of our sound and appearance.