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Mummies bring the funk back to Joliet

Here Come The Mummies is scheduled perform Mojoes Joliet April 5.  |  Supplied photo

Here Come The Mummies is scheduled to perform at Mojoes in Joliet on April 5. | Supplied photo

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Updated: May 1, 2013 3:53PM



JOLIET — Here Come the Mummies — again.

The Funk/R&B band that calls itself Here Come the Mummies and specializes in performing while wrapped up like characters from a horror movie will make a third trip to Mojoes in Joliet on April 5.

“We love Joliet, and ya’ll can expect a ton of new songs since our last visit, mixed with the same frenetic and contagious energy fans have come to expect,” said the band member known as Java Mummy through email because, so their agent says, mummies don’t speak.

Or, at least these don’t want to.

But they do sing. And, apparently, are handy enough with computer technology to conduct interviews through email.

They also stay anonymous, using pseudonyms like Java Mummy. Which seems unfair because even in the movies the Egyptologists know the identities of the mummies who rise from their tombs and reap revenge and murder. But those mummies are real, and these aren’t. Or, something like that.

“They stay in character the whole time,” said Chris Triebes, co-owner of Mojoes, explaining the appeal of Here Come the Mummies. “When people see them, they become really big fans quickly.”

Besides the gimmick, Triebes said the music is good. This is a 10-piece band that uses horns, keyboards and percussion, extending themselves beyond the familiar guitars-and-drums combination.

Maybe they’re orchestral musicians releasing tension on the weekends.

Speaking of release, Java Mummy did not object to one writer’s description of the band’s songs as “sexually obsessed,” saying a seventh-grader could have noticed that.

Even so, the band does have a future gig at the St. Joseph County 4H Fair in South Bend, Ind. in July.

Here Come the Mummies has a busy schedule in general, including some impressive venues like Indianapolis Motor Speedway (May 18), Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque (June 13), and the grandstand at the Wisconsin State Fair (August 23).

Triebes hopes to get them back at Mojoes later this year if he can.

“We’ll definitely get hundreds of people there (on April 5),” he said.

The band releases a new album called “Cryptic” on May 14.

Here Come the Mummies spend a lot of their time performing in the South and Midwest, which leads one to wonder if they might have originated in Cairo, Ill. Get it?

But they are reported to have risen from Nashville, which Java Mummy did not dispute.

“We spend a lot of time in Nashville,” he (or she) wrote, “for the studios there have excellent air conditioning, which suits our decomposing nature.”

Get it?



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