If there’s one spot not yet filled in the modern day music market, it’s that of updated sea shanties, which is surprising just how in vogue pirates have been during this millennium. In actual fact, it’s rare that pirates are ever out of fashion, with overly conscious teenagers always desperate to latch on to the supposed cool nature of the pirate. Perhaps it’s something to do with the contemporary, kidnap and ransom somewhere in Africa version that puts pop pioneers off doing their own version of ‘Drunken Sailor’.
Well, maybe that’s about to change. Hailing from Leeds and Brighton, Mucky Sailor make a racket that feels maritime in it’s tribal delivery, regardless of the electronic, chaotic means that it gets there by. Rumour has it that they sometimes play in nautical gear, but it’s that some members of the band have formed their own side project with That Fucking Tank should tell you enough about the band’s sound. In short, it’s completely and utterly mad – a ramshackle coming together of ideas that is at once utterly baffling and undeniably brilliant. If Flying Lotus or Lightening Bolt had ever been forced to sit through rainy Sunday afternoons in provincial England as a child, the result might come close to this. But making comparisons feels somewhat redundant when you’re faced with a band who think nothing of chopping and changing between an urgent, pulsating rhythm and samples of the tune from Rappers Delight.
If none of that wins your heart, then any band who takes on a seminal Luther Vandross track and comes out the victor certainly deserves some kind couldn’t fail to be impressive. Listen below, as well as one of their original compositions.
Mucky Sailor – Never too Much [download from last.fm]
Mucky Sailor – Albatross Silly Albatross [download from last.fm]