Few funk bands are as old as Here Come the Mummies. No, really. They've been around for, like, 5,000 years. That's their story, at least. It's all highly suspicious.
Here Come the Mummies is a funk band shrouded in secrecy. No one knows who's in the band - the players dress up like mummies for every show. This is to protect the identities of the supposed Grammy winners who make up the group - which, as gimmicks go, is kind of hilarious.
Each of the group's 11 mummies comes with his own stage name and backstory. (Eddie Mummy, with the "most remaining fingers," is naturally HCTM's drummer.) This undead troupe is surprisingly high on energy, so if you can get past its facetious lyrics, the band's Thursday night show at Knuckleheads has the makings of an excellent date night.
This music video for "Chaperone" seems appropriate.
All that said, we could hardly pass up the opportunity for an interview with Java Mummy, one of the founding band members. He would only agree to an email interview, obviously; something to do with cursed calls. Anyway, his answers to our questionnaire, though all too brief, are kind of awesome.
The Pitch: It's a little weird, having so many mummies in the same group. Did you all meet when you were alive or did you unite in the afterlife?
: We knew each other since before our mummy causing curse. We were all members of the same musical, nomadic tribe. Thus, we have been playing together for millennia.
Touring can get really cramped and tempers can get volatile quickly. Is there a diva mummy in the group?
Not anymore. All divas have been sent back to The Crypt to clean out the basement.
It's a little surprising that a bunch of mummies decide on funk-fused rock music instead of, like, abacus rattling or something. How did you discover this genre?
Our mission has always been to make the ladies dance. As popular musical styles have changed, so have we.
I've heard rumors that some of the mummies in your band have a Grammy or two. Can you tell us how many there are between all of you?
Except for Eddie, who was an orphan from unknown parentage, we all have 2 grammies.
There is such worldwide demand for zombies and vampires right now. How do you hope to combat their popularity?
It was a working concept for a while to start eating brains like zombies, but it did not gain much traction. Perhaps a dance off?
Any opinions on the song "Walk Like An Egyptian?"
Not really, but Susanna Hoffs is totally delicious.
Here Come the Mummies are playing at Knuckleheads on Thursday, October 17. For ticket information, go here.