Misty’s Big Adventure – Aggression (Grumpy Fun)
Long-respected performers on the Midlands’ experimental scene, Misty’s Big Adventure have been well-known and well-loved by those in the know since 1996. Clair Chapman reviews their new single and amazing video.
Long-respected performers on the Midlands’ experimental scene, Misty’s Big Adventure have been well-known and well-loved by those in the know since 1996. Having released nine studio albums, toured endlessly, and played all the really good festivals, you really SHOULD have seen them.
Just in case you haven’t, they’re a big band (currently eight full-time members, including dancing handsy-creature Erotic Volvo) with a sizeable but perfectly-formed following of fans. Fronted by genius lyricist Grandmaster Gareth, who is brilliantly accompanied by seriously talented musicians, Misty’s are incomparable. The sound is indescribable, but I’ll have a go.
Imagine if a carnival band teamed up with the people who compose the music for fairground rides, and they wrote the soundtrack for a 70s psychedelic B-movie… that.
This week sees the launch of “Aggression”, the latest single from their latest album “The Family Amusement Centre”. Fans have been a couple of years in the waiting for this, and they definitely won’t be disappointed.
“Aggression” is a song lamenting the Friday night fighty atmosphere of many British towns and cities. Gareth sings, “I’m not some hippy after peace and love…” to a reggae beat, and describes the scenes, fears and people we’ve all experienced on a boozy night on the tiles.
The video was made by Mark Locke, who has made many of the Misty’s videos, including the controversial “Fashion Parade”, featuring Noddy Holder of Slade and Math Priest of Dodgy. “Aggression” carries a Cert 15 and features marital punch ups, car park violence, alley way sex, big girls brawling in chip-shops and zombie dancers.
And without further ado, here’s THAT video
All words by Clair Chapman. More work by Clair on Louder Than War can be found here.