Mitchell Museum at the Edge Festival
Jangly, indie-pop by Weegie flatmates
This article is from 2010.
Mitchell Museum, so legend has it, live, write and record together in a flat in the centre of Glasgow, Monkees-style. ‘It’s true,’ reveals their singer, Cammy MacFarlane. ‘It’s on Sauchiehall Street, just above Nice ‘n’ Sleazy. Well, above and to the right a bit. It’s more above Box, but say Sleazy’s. It sounds cooler.’ Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, of course, being pretty much ground zero for Glasgow’s entire indie scene, although MacFarlane will soon be moving out to live with his no doubt Yokoesque girlfriend.
Still, at least the band, who met at school in Kilmarnock, have a fine debut album to show for the era in The Peters Port Memorial Service, which was composed in the bedroom of MacFarlane’s brother – the band’s drummer, who goes by the nickname Raindeer. It’s a lovely record with a weird indie-folk aesthetic, kind of like a more eccentric Broken Social Scene, and confirms the quartet as one of Scotland’s current finest. ‘Kate Nash reviewed the last single from it in the NME,’ reports MacFarlane gleefully, ‘and she said something like it would be a great song to listen to at a festival as the sun’s going down. I think that meant she liked it. I’m taking that as a “yes”, anyway.’
Electric Circus, 226 4224, Wed 11 Aug, 7pm, £6.50. Part of The Edge Festival.