Mugen is much more than a band; in fact, he’s a drinking, smoking, hedgehog who traverses the terrain of the human world as a personification of the music of Leeds-based indie songwriter Harry Kinchington, who he’s also loosely based on. And, the project doesn’t stop with just the Mugen and the music. The band’s Artistic Director, Jim Hatch, tells us that “the band is rolling out a unique street art campaign alongside an animated series set to provide a backdrop for the music” to create a multi-faceted campaign incorporating all creative avenues available to them.
So, we already know the idea is interesting. As for the music? It’s ace.
It’s What You Need Not What You Want is an infectiously catchy tune; light indie rock with a really nostalgic feel, it’s kind of 90s but in the best way. The warped vocals and warm guitar chords, backed by the sporadic twinkling undertones creates a harmonious sound that is familiar, while at the same time being entirely their own.
Foolis interesting but in a different way. The laid-back, lulling guitar is beautifully relaxing – the perfect soundtrack to a warm day and beers outside with friends – going along nicely with the video of Mugen’s journey from a hand-drawn landscape into our very real world.
We’ll be eagerly awaiting the release of their debut EP, after the first singles are released in June – each with videos featuring Mugen’s animal adventures. And they’ve been busy: as well as the EP, they’re rolling out a virtual reality game to be released at the same time. Each level will be set to a different track from the EP, featuring the antics of Mugen the hedgehog. It’s a veritable feast of music and media – and frankly, we can’t wait.