Clown – White Mug



Formed in 2011 in Bengaluru, White Mug – consisting of Mathew CM [acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica], Louis CM [lead guitar], Sachin Ramesh [bass], and Vivian Christopher [drums] – has recently launched ‘Clown’, the quartet’s second album. With reminisces of the weird, quirky world of new wave and post-punk of the late ’70s, this effort is a skewed amalgamation of pop, surf, avant-garde, amateurish punk, white funk – and once you listen to it – please feel free to add your very own description[s] here. The nine tracks showcase wide-ranging selections, with the better ones being the catchy, largely acoustic and guitar-based ‘Brain Chewer’, the blues feel of the title song that features the mouth harp [“harmonica”] speeding-up the song with its entry, the softer “Little Thing” and “Wasted”, the riff-filled “Sunshine”, and the drum-dominating “Sorry I Fell In Love With You”. In all this, the background arrangements feature harmonies supporting dead-camp vocalising over songs that the band describes as “alternative rock ‘n’ roll”. While the production has intentionally been left loose on ‘Clown’, the sound on the album takes time to appreciate but, once you do, you realise that White Mug is just having an extended party and they want you to join in!

Listen and Download the songs here:

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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