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"The Breakdown"

Also with a foot in the ‘instrumental’ category are Sydney’s The Mumps, who aren’t the 1970s New York glam punk band (who, as a ‘segue’, Thurston Moore also mentioned in his No Wave: Post-Punk book of 2008), but do have their own ‘back-story’. The two core members are Liberty Kerr, who has engineered and produced for The Necks and FourPlay, and Tina Havelock, whose band moments include Crow and Plug Uglies. With former Machine Fun Fellatist Ross Johnson on bass, they make kind of light, wandering post-rock with down-mouthed new wave guitar tones and ‘dancey’ drumming. It’s pretty damn excellent; nodding to cloudy ‘Australian’ sounds while also being fascinating and mightily accessible. Their debut EP, I Wish I Was You, is on iTunes and features the song getting a heap of airplay on FBi, Strange Telegraph, which does have vocals, if that kind of thing matters. - TimeOff / Drum Media


THE MUMPS have just released their debut EP
'I wish I was You'.
Available on itunes

The track 'Strange Telegraph' is currently enjoying high rotation on fbi radio



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Liberty and Tina are a unique musical union. They write what can only be described as 'Post Rock Transcendental Power tunes'. Liberty has engineered and produced significant international and Australian acts such as Regurgitator and The Necks. Tina has toured and supported acts such as Sonic Youth, Pavement and Black Eyed Peas.

A few years ago Liberty and Tina started jamming again after more than a decade of not playing together. They'd been in about 4 bands together already – but they were the sort of bands that were instigated by someone else, practiced really hard, sounded really good, had one gig and fizzled out. They were even in an all-girl Beach Boys cover band called 'Big Bikini'. They practiced harmonies for 5 months before picking up their instruments. Then two gigs. Puff! Gone! The singer was a great go-go dancer.

So this time around was about Tina and Liberty writing their OWN music. THE MUMPS was born. It started as a drums and guitar thing but after a while they missed the bass. So in stepped the great Kevin McClaer (Mass Appeal). Unfortunately Kevin's interstate move meant THE MUMPS slowed down to nothing so now Ross Johnson (Machine Gun Fellatio) is pounding the strings. It's happening and sounding awesome.

The music soars and travels. It's post rock, a work out, pretty much instrumental and soft and loud. .

Gigs have been great - recently THE MUMPS performed at the Peats Ridge Festival on NYE, also The Biennale of Sydney, did a soundtrack for 'Battleship Potemkin' at Sydney's legendary Chauvel cinema and played the Australia Council art music party at the Cad where they did an extra performance with Liberty on cello and Tina's Super - 8 film projections.

THE MUMPS rehearse sporadically and diligently in a shed in the city. They recorded their EP 'I wish I was You' in that shed.

There's no bands in Australia that look and sound like THE MUMPS. Really.

Their track 'Strange Telegraph' with guest vocals by Nick Van Breda is currently enjoying high rotation on FBI Radio.

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