REVIEW: Mausi @ The Other Rooms
By Hannah D'Arcy on October 10, 2012 in Music
So, Newcastle’s favourite party band is back. After being sadly absent from a much anticipated opening slot at this year’s Evolution Festival, they brought half of London with them to The Other Rooms on Thursday.
The place was already filling up nicely by the time the opening act – Amy Holford – took to the stage. As a short, slightly round woman who tries to play guitar myself, I should probably hate Amy Holford, who seems to cruise through every set with a blessed confidence. I’ve never heard that girl hit a duff note. Irritatingly, there was a lot of chatter through Amy’s first two songs, though less than a minute into Sunflower saw the crowd fall silent, and silent they stayed until the end of her set.
Next up were Middlesbrough’s Collectors Club, playing the first of two nights in Newcastle. They were a good choice to support Mausi, with upbeat, catchy tunes and solid bass lines to get the crowd moving. It was all a bit samey, though and, in places, it was as if someone had emptied a tin of The Libertines into a pot and clumsily added a heaped teaspoon of The Clash’s weaker tracks.
Now, remember The Go! Team? Think hard…there you go. They did that song on that advert. Imagine for a moment that they’d done more songs of that quality. Seems good, doesn’t it? Now imagine that Ninja could actually sing. Mind: blown. That’s Mausi. They’re happy, (which for a miserable spenk like me, is a bit weird) they’re lively, they’re extremely talented and they were clearly over the moon to be there. By the time Mausi went onstage, the venue was full and deservedly so.
After months of national hype, they came home to show us why people are talking. For me, Disney Films was the absolute stand-out track – very different from the rest of their set and the calm, almost ethereal vocal really showcased Daisy’s voice. They finished with their newest track, My Friend Has A Swimming Pool, backed by a seizure-inducing light-show and crowd who were bouncing around like toddlers on Tizer. For one small segment of an October evening, it was summer again. And by “summer”, I mean “April”.
- PREVIEW: Mausi, Collectors Club, and Amy Holford @ The Other Rooms