San Jose, CA
The Walkmen, Tom Waits, Devendra Banhart
Conjuring up images of smoky jazz cafes inhabited by a desperate cast of sepia-toned hustlers, black-nailed ditch diggers and bourbon-soaked card sharks, the Mumlers lay down a dirty, dusty brand of Americana steeped in a brassy haze and stitched together with a throaty croon that simultaneously pierces the gut and melts the soul.
The Mumlers are the product of Will Sprott and a host of multi-instrumental cohorts, whose fortuitous run-in with the San Jose Unified School District allowed them access to a grab bag takeaway of old school battered brass that would ultimately help them develop their distinct sound, far different from today’s current offerings.
The Mumlers have crafted a loose, free-and-easy amalgamation of multiple genres including jazz, blues, and 50’s pop, so ghostly in tone, that it’s only appropriate they be named after a disgraced American spectral photographer.
Solidifying their music and building their reputation through a host of shows around the San Jose area, the Mumlers released their first album, “Thickets and Stitches” in 2007. Their sophomore effort, “Don’t Throw Me Away” followed in 2009 and builds upon its predecessor by offering an even stronger batch of melancholia that will haunt you late into the night while triggering that occasional sinister grin… You simply need to hear this.
Photo credit: Max Dolberg