Video Exclusive: the new single from Miraculous Mule
“ANOTHER new bunch of blues rockers?!” we hear you cry. Well dry your eyes, son, and lookee here. MIraculous Mule may, like The Temperance Movement and The Hoax and a dozen other ‘new’ bands we’ve sung the praises of recently, be ‘blues-based’ – but THINK about it: Led Zeppelin. A teensy bit bluesy. Free. One foot in the Mississippi. ZZ Top. Part John Lee Hooker, part getting-drunk-with-hookers.
You see our point.
“What kind of blues are the Miraculous Mule anyhow?” you ask. Good question. They’re the one-foot-in-gothic-America, one-foot-in-plaster-in-a-London-boozer type. London council estate Irish Catholic. Musical background: scratched Johnny Cash records. Lennon screaming Twist & Shout til his voice is raw. Some drunk guy in the corner singing King Of The Road. Too many years playing in too many bands in too many pubs to too many- scratch that – not enough drunken maniacs slipping on slopped Guinness.
Teeth cut. Dues earned, and so on. Here’s what the PR says:
“Michael J Sheehy has fronted Dream City Film Club, Michael J Sheehy and the Hired Mourners and Saint Silas Intercession, with his brother Pat at his side for the most part. Witnesses to these outings of theirs will know that the soul and the confrontation they sweated was, and is, real. They can play and they can sing. There is no fucking about. The edge that they skirt likely comes in part from their school of hard knocks, central London council-estate, Irish Catholic upbringing. All three from the same estate (Saint Silas in Kentish Town), all three lifelong companions.
“Michael is a well-traversed talent but he can’t remember much of it, even if his well-earned following can. His recent moment of salvation came when he was rescued from his burning flat, asleep, alone and shit-faced, a midnight fry-up gone wrong. Having spent years in a boozy London wilderness, there is now a cool and steady focus here which brings their nihilistic history in line with a resolute future.
The eponymous 10” (released on Glitterhouse Records) was just a taster of what you have here. Live and on record, Miraculous Mule do indeed kick like their namesake. Taking old spirituals, blues and work songs and mangling them, they drag them to hell and flick them back to the heavens with a calm and collected fuck you.
“For dancing, praying, loving and fighting.”
We like em. Have a gander: