Mummies infect Lovett with funk

Lori Allen // The News /// Java Mummy sings “Carnal Carnival” in special stage attire.Lori Allen // The News Java Mummy sings “Carnal Carnival” in special stage attire.
Lori Allen // The News /// Mummy Cass and Java Mummy rock the stage per- forming songs from their new album “Cryptic.” Here Come the Mummies is composed of eight members dressed head to toe in mummy attire.

Lori Allen // The News
Mummy Cass and Java Mummy rock the stage per- forming songs from their new album “Cryptic.” Here Come the Mummies is composed
of eight members dressed head to toe in mummy attire.

I have caught the funk. It is true. There is funky rock and roll coursing through my veins due to the undead slaying mad guitar riffs in Lovett Auditorium Thursday.

When I first heard of the band, the hidden identities and backstories of each artist seemed sketchy to me. How could Here Come the Mummies pull off the fabricated story like KISS or Daft Punk? However, I placed aside the quirks and history of the band and began to do my research.

Rumor has it that some members of Here Come the Mummies are Grammy-winning artists signed to other record labels. After finding an answering to the strange backstories, I opened my mind to the funk genre.

Listening to the songs before the concert contributed to the funk infection. I was hit with the plague the Mummies spread. The lyrics were full of sexual innuendos, which made me uneasy. How could people dressed on stage as rotting mummies pull off this music?

Oh, but they blew my mind. Though the music is not something I would listen to with my mother in the car, the energy and pizzazz of Here Come the Mummies is hard not to love.

Throughout two hours of nonstop music, the Mummies had fans out of their seats and dancing the entire time.

The Mummies kept the audience involved and there was always something to watch on stage, as the mummies used props and danced. In fact, after seeing the show, the only place I have seen better dancing was in the movie “Magic Mike.”

Lori Allen // The News /// Java entertains on stage in a gorilla costume with a strapped on bell instrument which he plays at the same time as a set of drums during the song "Petting Zoo Gorilla."

Lori Allen // The News
Java entertains on stage in a gorilla costume with a strapped on bell instrument which he plays at the same time as a set of drums during the song “Petting Zoo Gorilla.”

Lori Allen // The News /// Java Mummy sings “Carnal Carnival” in special stage attire.

Lori Allen // The News
Java Mummy sings “Carnal Carnival” in special stage attire.

These artists are engaging and talented. Despite the band’s strange background and “under wraps” disguises, the Mummies had me under their spell. Here Come the Mummies earned my respect by staying in character.

 

Story by Hunter Harrell, Assistant Features Editor

9 Comments on "Mummies infect Lovett with funk"

  1. best live show around.

  2. Saw them in Dixon Illinois- loved the show!!

  3. Ralph L. Marcucio | November 23, 2013 at 5:28 pm |

    @Hunter Harrell … And iffen yuh REALLY listened… them Un-Dead Funksters can play!!! As I've said to Cass & Eddie, straight to their wrapped faces, (BTW, I know who they are, but have been sworn to secrecy 😉 ) I've seen most of "THE" funk groups live & in color… from Dizzy, Lalo, P-Funk, E.W.F. & Tower… IMSemiPro opinion, HCTMummies are on par with and surpass most of them "Ol 'Timers" in "chops" alone…. Fergettabout their engaging, high energy show…. These Mummies can PLAY!!! (BTW, Mummies…. when yuhz comen' back to CT?) Just sayen …. 😉 😀

  4. Michelle Condon | November 23, 2013 at 5:29 pm |

    these guys are awesome!!! wish they would do a couple shows in Southern Oregon!!!

  5. so frikkin great!!

  6. Wish they would come to Green Bay!!!!!! Love there music!!!!

  7. The Mummies are the BEST!!!!

  8. Loved their 4th of July show in Arlington Heights, IL. Would definitely see them again.

  9. Ive seen these guys 6 times …and there will be more to come! love my mummies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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