|Years active||2000–2008, 2012–present|
|Associated acts||White Lies, Mirrors|
|Past members||James "Noo" New
Mumm-Ra is an English indie rock band originating from Bexhill on Sea. Niall Buckler was only fourteen years old when he formed the band, which took their name from Mumm-Ra the Ever-Living, the main villain of the 1980s cartoon, ThunderCats. They first rose to public attention when they performed with the NME Awards Indie Rock Tour alongside The Automatic, The View and The Horrors, and were featured in the January 2007 edition of NME as one of ten bands who were "guaranteed to soundtrack" 2007. After releasing their debut album These Things Move in Threes in 2007 the band entered hiatus in April 2008, before reuniting in 2012 for a comeback show, before announcing a full return in 2013 with new material.
Formation & early releases (2000–2006)
These Things Move in Threes & hiatus (2007–2008)
The band released their debut album, These Things Move In Threes on 28 May 2007 proceeded by singles Out of the Question and What Would Steve Do? and followed by She's Got You High, which would go to gain significant popularity through being featured in the soundtrack of (500) Days of Summer. Starlight had been slated to be the fourth single but it was ultimately never released. The band was in the process of writing material for their second album, and had trialled some new tracks live on their tour of Japan and then on what transpired to be their final UK tour, but no further details of their second album was ever released. Gareth Jennings came back to Bexhill on July 15, 2007, to appear on radio station Bexhill FM. A whole hour was dedicated to Mumm-Ra, where the breakfast show presenter Richard Harris played a whole hour of their music, as well as their inspirations and their second album.
On April 17, 2008, the band released a statement announcing that they had decided to split; "after 7 years, 11 months and 21 days of writing and playing music together us Mumm-ra boys have decided our journey as a band has come to an end". The reason for the split was not cited.
Reformation and second album (2013–present)
Before entering hiatus the band had began performing a host of new material at shows, including "Sticks and Stones", "Secrets", "Clowns and "Jeremy".
In October 2012 the band reformed to perform two dates sold out dates at Flairz Retro Bar in Hastings. In February 2013 the band began teasing a comeback over Twitter, before formally announcing their full return along with plans to release new material & a new track titled "Technicolour" on February 7, declaring "everything's ready to go and we hope to have something for your ears in the next couple of months. To whet your appetite until that time, here is a little acoustic number called Technicolour."
- James "Noo" New – lead vocals, synthesisers, keyboards & guitar
- James "Tate" Arguile – guitar, vocals
- Niall Buckler – bass, vocals
- Oli Frost – guitar, vocals
- Gareth "The Rock" Jennings – drums
- Tommy Bowen – synthesisers & keyboards (touring 2006–2008, official member 2012–present)
- These Things Move in Threes (2007)
- Untitled second album (2013)
|Single||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Song B"||2006||—||Black Hurts Day and the Night Rolls On|
|"Out of the Question"||45||These Things Move In Threes|
|"What Would Steve Do?"||2007||40|
|"She's Got You High"||42|
|"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.|
- The Dance in France (self-released 8 track EP 2005)
- The Dance on the Shore (self-released 8 track EP 2006)
- What Would Steve Do? (self-released 7", April 2006)
- Black Hurts Day and the Night Rolls On (CD + 10", July 2006)
- The Saturday Sessions: The Dermot O'Leary Show (2007, EMI) – "In Between Days"
- (500) Days of Summer (Music from the Motion Picture) (2009, Sire Records) – "She's Got You High"
- Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (Soundtrack) – "She's Got You High"
- The Inbetweeners (Soundtrack) – "She's Got You High"
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- "Hotly-tipped new bands sign up for Brighton festival". Retrieved March 7, 2013.
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- "This Week’s Releases: 28 May 2007". NME. 28. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
- "Mumm-Ra split up". NME. 25. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
- "Mumm-Ra premiere new track at V Festival Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/v-festival/30489#MIhFxfR1uvk2bKeE.99". NME. 27. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
- "Indie band returns for two nights only". Hastings Observer. 19. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
- "Hello everyone". 7. Retrieved March 7, 2013.