Mumm-Ra were an English indie rock band originating from Bexhill on Sea.
Niall Buckler was just fourteen years old
when he formed the band, which took their name from Mumm-Ra the Ever-Living
, the main
villain of the 1980s cartoon, Thundercats
. They first rose to public attention
when they performed with the NME Awards Indie Rock Tour
alongside The Automatic
, The View
, and were featured in the January 2007 edition of
as one of ten bands who were "guaranteed to
The band released their debut album on May 28
, with three singles, Out Of The Question,
What Would Steve Do? and She's Got You High. Starlight had been
slated to be the fourth single but it was ultimately never
released. The band was in the process of writing
material for their second album, and had trialled some new tracks
live on their tour of Japan, but no
further details of their second album was ever released.
Gareth Jennings came back to Bexhill on July 15, 2007 to appear on
radio station Bexhill FM
. A whole hour
was dedicated to Mumm-Ra, where the breakfast show presenter
Richard Harris played a whole hour of their music, as well as their
inspirations and their second album. The interview was also
conducted by Declan Nye and Jonathan Higgins.
In addition to co-headlining the NME tour, Mumm-Ra also opened for
several other acts. In October 2006, Mumm-Ra performed at the MTV2
Gonzo show with The View and The Kooks. In November of that same
year, Mumm-Ra supported the Kaiser
for two shows in Berlin and Munich. March 2007 saw the
band supporting The Killers
three dates in Cologne, Berlin, and Frankfurt.
- Les Inrock Tour, France, November 9-13, 2006
- O2 Wireless Festival 2007
- Glastonbury Festival, June 2007, playing the John Peel Stage
- Shockwaves NME Award Indie Rock Tour 2007, along with The Horrors, The View
and The Automatic
- Great Escape Festival, Brighton, May 17-19, 2007
- UK Tour, April 14 - May 10, 2007
- V Festival August 2007
- Mumm-Ra performed "Song B" on MOJO HD's
show London Live.
Mumm-Ra had a toy duck as the band's mascot named "Matthew the
Duck," who lead singer James New often used as a prop in live
From late 2006 Mumm-Ra was joined by Tommy B on keyboards for live
performances only. He played all subsequent gigs, missing only one,
Hertford Marquee, in March 2008, and played his final gig with the
band in Cambridge at the end of March 2008.
On April 17 2008, the band unexpectedly released a statement
announcing that they had split, posting the following on their
"After 7 years, 11 months and 21 days of writing and
playing music together us Mumm-ra boys have decided our journey as
a band has come to an end. It has without doubt been the most
fantastic adventure any of us could possibly have imagined all
those years ago when the rather niave idea to form a band sprang
from our young minds and led us to the nearest practise room.
Since then we have eaten in skyscrappers in tokyo, danced with
tottenham fans in cologne, made a video in hollywood, posed with
the playboy bunnies in barcelona, met real life rednecks in texas,
had street fights with the view, played glastonbury, rocked the nme
tour to pieces, supported the killers, the kooks and the kaiser
chiefs around europe and generally just had the most incredible
time along the way.
We would like to thank every single person who has supported us
over the years whether it be through buying our album, coming to
our gigs or just giving us a listen.
No doubt various members will have new projects up and running in
the near fututre.
But until then......
Mumm-ra fur immer,
An official reason for the band's split was never given, giving
rise to some speculation as to record company pressure (Columbia
cancelled the proposed fourth single, Starlight, after the release
date had been arranged and a promotional video had been completed).
The band's official website was closed shortly after the split was
announced, effectively ending any further discussion on the reasons
behind the band's demise. The band members are purportedly now
pursuing other musical projects, except for drummer Gareth who
enrolled at University. Keyboard player Tommy has gone on to become
the keyboard player backing UK band White Lies
when playing live. Purportedly
some of the other band members are now part of the band Mirrors
. Before the split, it was mentioned on a
MySpace blog that Mumm-Ra cancelled the remaining dates of their UK
tour so they could work on a new album, which never emerged. Only
three of the planned second album tracks are believed to have been
played live - "Secrets", "Jeremy" (later changed to "Jenivive"),
and "Clowns". A demo version of "Clowns" was recorded but never
released in full.
- The Dance in France (self-released 8 track EP
- The Dance on the Shore (self-released 8 track EP
- What Would Steve Do? (self-released 7", April
Hurts Day and the Night Rolls On (CD + 10", July