Right now I'm supposed to be writing the last minute plea for you all to attend tomorrow's Aye Tunes Vs Peenko gig. Before sitting down to write it I had a quick look at Twitter, and then at my email, and learned something that has made me really rather sad. It looks like we are losing, at least for a while, one of my favourite bands, Mitchell Museum. Copy/paste time first...
Hello all out there. We’ve come to you with kind of sad news. Of late we have had a few unfortunate instances as a band and, mostly to matters beyond our control and understanding, it seems we may have to take a break for a while.
We’ve have recently lost members of both our on and off stage team, all are just as important in making this thing happen, and we’re not sure how we will do this without them and we’re unsure if we want to.
So we’re taking an extended leave for a while to work out if we still want to make music and how to do that again. We want to say thanks to everyone who came to see us over the years, listened to our music or even just pretended they liked us to sound cool (it didn’t work by the way). You made this all great fun for us and we hope you had some fun along the way too.
Hopefully you’ll always remember us fondly like a kindly old aunt with a beard and a learning disability that was never diagnosed.
Here is the last song that we'd been working on. It seems strangely appropriate...
Bring out the claws, the claws are out. by mitchell museum
Mitchell Museum were a pretty important band to me, way back in the early days of the blog they were one of the first "wee" bands I took myself along to see, and the kindness and encouragement that they showed was really quite lovely. Sure, I was their manager's cousin, but they were still an incredibly friendly and welcoming bunch of guys.
Since then I've seen them a ton of times, and they've never been anything less than wonderful, both on stage and as people.
Myself and Peenko were honoured to have them play at the first of our gigs last year, something which still ranks as one of the best nights of my life, so it is with a great deal of sadness that we have to wave them goodbye, and wish the very best of luck to whatever Cammy, Dougie, Kris and Raindeer do next.
Somewhat worryingly this means that from the three Aye Tunes Vs Peenko gigs that have taken place one band from each bill has called it a day this year. First Come On Gang! broke up at the start of this year, then Little Yellow Ukuleles followed, and now Mitchell Museum. I hope Mondegreen don't get any funny ideas...
Of course, given something else that happened this week, the reason that PAWS are unable to play AVP4 a band breaking up is relatively meaningless, but we'll still be sad to see Mitchell Museum go.