THURSDAY 26 JULY
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.