4 October @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm£10.00
Mush play The Hope & Ruin on 4th October 2022.
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Leeds art-rock group Mush (Dan Hyndman – vocals/guitar, Phil Porter – drums, Nick Grant – bass, Myles Kirk - guitar) are set to return with the album Down Tools on July 8, 2022, via Memphis Industries. The new record marks the prolific band’s third album in as many years, following hype-building early singles “Alternative Facts” and “Gig Economy“, 2020’s debut LP 3D Routine and 2021’s acclaimed Lines Redacted, which pushed their sound further finding tips at BBC 6 Music, Pitchfork, DIY, Sunday Times, Quietus and more with Uncut declaring them “kindred spirits to Wand and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, two other bands prolifically honing their sound and approach, steadily developing their voice.”
While grief and work balance form themes on the record, Hyndman’s approach is largely made up of abstract, disconnected streams of consciousness and lines liberally taken from books, paintings, films and beyond. On “Human Resources,” Hyndman dramatically retells a battle he had with an HR department at a job in a David and Goliath style. The song “Group Of Death,” a phrase chillingly familiar to any football fan, is emblematic of the turn towards softer, more considered sounds. Hyndman says: “In my warped imagination it just sounds like a Paul McCartney song, but it won’t to others. I initially had the idea of doing a [Soccer] World Cup song called “Group of Death”, but by the time it was written nothing beyond the title had any relevance to football. Anyway, the next World Cup is in Qatar so fuck that shit.” “Northern Safari” meanwhile is a song about the way the North of England has been portrayed in the media and used as a mirror to reflect some of the nastier elements of what’s going on in society, in particular, vox pops around Doncaster, portraying a particular narrative of the collapse of the red wall and the disgruntled ex-miners.
Mush formed in 2015, its first iteration being as a five-piece noise band with three guitars. Mush’s MO and sound have changed a lot since then as the band continues to grow and hone their sound. On 3D Routine the sound centered around the interweaving of duelling guitars of Steven Tyson and Hyndman. Since Tyson’s death, Hyndman has contributed all of the guitars for Lines Redacted and Down Tools. Recent recruit, Myles Kirk is now on second guitar duties ushering another new era for the band, joining Dan, Nick and Phil.
Down Tools then sees Mush idiosyncratically ping-pong from finger-picked looseners to noise-rock bangers to brilliantly entertaining effect, avoiding post-punk saturation with an easy style and wit.
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The venue is only accessible via a flight of stairs however they can offer access via a back door at street level to the venue if mobility is an issue or you use a wheelchair. There are 3 large steps via this route so assistance to gain access and to exit the venue would be required. We can arrange this if you contact us in advance of a show. Please bear in mind that they can only allow access in between bands due to sound issues. There are two disabled toilets upstairs, both gender-neutral. If you require a carer at the venue, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a guest list, with evidence such as a blue badge or access card. If strobe lighting is an issue please contact us in advance. They are happy to accommodate assistance dogs.