Friday, 27 July 2007

REVIEW: Colonel Mustard

Words by Charlette Hannah

Colonel Mustard opened the Hunting of the Snark show at Mighty Mighty on Thursday. With their tight riffs and excellent groove, they quickly had everyone up and dancing. However, from the moment frontman Rowan Miller started singing, I was lost. It's hard for me to say this, as I know Rowan, and he's a great guy. I'm prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt and say perhaps it wasn't his best performance last night, but the vocals were flat and uninspiring.

For me the standout musician in Colonel Mustard was Thom McGrath on drums - tight, solid, hard hitting and all round excellent. Guitar-wise it was all very good, but overall I felt something a little lacking. Perhaps I wasn't drunk enough or something, but the music seemed pretty stock, and though it was upbeat and had a good feel, it wasn't anything particularly special.

However I do need to say that they had the audience on their feet, yelling and dancing, for the whole set, and that is always a good thing. The sound was thick and the players tight. I just personally didn't warm to it.


Christopher. said...

I thought Colonel Mustard were pretty neat. More exciting than the Bonnie Scarletts soundcheck anyway (they may have had some something sweeter lined for their actual set, but I didn't hang around to find out).
I wish the drummer had kept that hat on it was funny.

RosieM said...

Thats a shame, I got to uni with the guys (half of them do theatre)... but haven't had a chance to see them yet.

Maybe it just wasn't a good night for them? I'm sure we'll see at the next shot.