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Not Mumblers, The Mumlers

Saturday, April 30, Flying M Coffeegarage

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San Jose, Calif.-based quintet The Mumlers, self-described as a "collection of despots who materialized out of thick air"--use an arsenal of instrumentation to create a psychedelically charged sound as thick as the air from whence they came. Clarinet, French horn and tuba cozy up to more traditional rock band instruments to create melancholy music that weaves into dirge-like soul searches and out of slightly less somber '60s throwbacks. It's all topped off with the forlorn vocals of frontman Will Sprott singing some seriously sad stuff, like in "99 Years": I'm gonna write my grandma a letter / and tell her I love her so / I'm gonna write my grandma a letter / and send it off to Ohio. / I'm gonna tell her that I miss her / just so that she knows / I'm gonna write my grandma a letter / and send it to the old folks home."