Mitchell Museum @ Tut’s 01-08-09

August 9, 2009

MITCHELL MUSEUM
King Tut’s, Glasgow, August 1 * * *

Glasgow outfit Mitchell Museum are another Scottish band quietly making a name for themselves without the kind of off-putting hype that too often engulfs a group early on in its development.
The quartet’s debut album should get a release come the autumn but in the meantime followers of the band will have to settle for second single Tiger Heartbeat, the launch of which was the pretext for tonight’s appearance at Tut’s.
There’s a childlike quality to Mitchell Museum’s music which, when coupled with Cammy MacFarlane’s enthusiastic but somewhat ramshackle delivery style, really made the songs come alive.
With that in mind, debut 7″ Warning Bells was easily their best offering, the four sounding like a Scottish Spinto Band. Quirky, possessing a real immediacy it cast its hook early and never let go. Less successful were Extra Lives and Rooms For Improvement while a new untitled track felt distinctly cut-and-paste.
As for the new single, although not without the odd flash of inspiration, it lacked the charm of its predecessor. Still overall highpoints like Arthur Loves The Shadows and Novels & Diaries ensured a warm response from the meagre but appreciative crowd.

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