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Released: 14th February 2020
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‘3D Routine’ has arrived. Following on from their ‘Induction Party
E.P’, Mush are circulating their own sonic mythology, blurring the
lines between abstract surrealism, existentialism and social
commentary. Like its predecessor ‘3D Routine’ is a sensory
overload of clattering, hooky, guitar work. However, this time space
emerges between the onslaughts and in this respite, room is found
for new emotional depth. More expansive than ever before, ‘3D
Routine’ manages to maintain the rawness of a classic debut but
it’s experimentation and variety portray a band unlikely to rest on
their ‘guitar band’ chops.
Songwriter Dan Hyndman explains the genesis of the band as
being “fairly boiler plate” a combination of friends old and new
converging in Leeds post-uni to form a band predominantly united
in their mutual affection for the Pavement back catalogue. Finally
settling on a lineup of Nick Grant (bass), Tyson (guitar) and Phil
Porter (drums) the band’s progression has taken them far beyond
this original vision.
Having garnered local attention in the early days for their unhinged
and often calamitous live shows in Leeds, it was the unlikely radio
hit ‘Alternative Facts’, (clocking in at an uncompromising ten
minutes) that brought the Mush to the attention of a wider
audience. The song, one of the last releases for the legendary Too
Pure Singles Club saw early support from Marc Riley and others
on BBC 6music with them playing multiple sessions, and the follow
up single, ‘Gig Economy’ hopping onto the 6music playlist.
Roaming further afield from their hometown, Mush spent the first
half of 2019 heading out around the UK, earning a reputation for
their intense live performances, supporting the likes of Girl Band,
The Lovely Eggs, Yak, Shame and Stereolab, as well as releasing
the ‘Induction Party’ EP to great acclaim. At the tail end of summer
of 2019 Mush headed to Leeds’ Green Mount Studio and with
Andy Savours (Dream Wife, Our Girl, My Bloody Valentine)
manning the mixing desk, their debut LP, ‘3D Routine’ was born.
The way in which the album brazenly moves from polished 3-
minute punk tracks, to avant-garde spoken word, to sardonic-
political funk, whilst sounding like the same band is testament to an
uncompromisingly unrefined ethic and compounds the jarring
nature of Mush. Together, the songs form a unified, abrasive,
emotive, frenetic and entirely beguiling concoction of sound and
opinion, a fast-moving snapshot of current times, relatable,
politically minded and incredibly personal. Music for those who
want their guitars loud and weird, and their political commentary a
little less ‘on the nose’.