These days, we celebrate with reverence the amazing careers of iconic bands like The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Moody Blues, all of whom are touring an impressive 50 years after breaking through onto the rock ‘n roll scene. Impressive? For sure, but it pales in comparison to the 5,000 years that the members of Here Come The Mummies have been working their magic.
In their bio, the band professes to have been under a spell for 5,000 years, before being released in the 1920’s, and ever since that glorious day, they’ve begun to make a name for themselves in the rock music universe.
“The band was discovered in 1922.. when, at a dig in the desert south of Tunis, Professor Nigel Quentin Fontenelle Dumblucke IV unearthed the ruins of an ancient discotheque to find a dozen undead Egyptian mummies inexplicably throwing down what he dubbed, “Terrifying Funk From Beyond the Grave.” Some say they were cursed after deflowering a great Pharaoh’s daughter. Others claim they are reincarnated Grammy-Winning studio musicians…”
(You can learn more about the band in our humorous interview with the band here)
Over the weekend, I had my first opportunity to catch their dynamic live show at Plaza Live in Orlando, and I walked away pretty damn impressed with the experience.
The eight talented musicians who took the stage, look exactly as they did 5,000 years ago, with the exception of their twenty-first century kicks. The octet delivered over an hour of funky rock that had the crowded floor at The Plaza grooving throughout the night. They sing about the Ladies, Sex, Parties, and then the Ladies some more, but what would you expect from eight guys trapped under an evil Pharaoh’s spell for 5 millenia?
The crowd at the Plaza was as diverse as the band on the stage, with a few young children, a group of high school students dancing unabashedly throughout the set, and adults of every age bopping around, having a blast.
The band touts a guitarist, bassist, drummer, two keyboard players, three fulltime horn players and then did a tremendous amount of instrument swapping throughout the set. Underneath the wraps, these eight are seriously talented musicians.
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Here Come The Mummies are consummate showmen and on this night, the show started before they hit the stage, as they marched through the crowd accompanied by two snare drums as they made their way front and center. It was the first of a night full of fine showmanship moments. Simply put, these guys put on a killer show.
I was impressed by the music, the theatrics, the crowd interaction, the vibe… just about everything.
They kicked off the set with the catchy dance song “My Party” and the party was indeed underway. From there, we had confetti cannons accentuate a rollicking version of “Booty” and some fun choreography with the four member brass section during “V.I.P.”
I won’t spoil all of the fun, and will leave a few surprises, but the rest of the set was a lot more of the same fun funky vibe. Clever lyrics, excellent musicianship, audience participation, a spirit of inclusiveness and a fun, risque moment or two (or twelve).
My favorite moment, was the smoking version of “Ra Ra Ra,” which coincidentally might just be the perfect theme song for a certain rock music blog. Four drummers on the stage, sticks flying around, solos for every band member, and some great singalong moments.
It was a microcosm of their thoroughly fun and entertaining show. Highly recommended for any human being who enjoys great music and a good time.
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