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Múm @ Yost Theatre 11/7/09

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In what was a mutually felt declaration between the audience at the Yost Theater and the seven-piece Icelandic band múm, the lyrics: “We want to lock you in our house / we want to eat you with a spoon,” could not have expressed the sentiments of Saturday night’s audience more perfectly.

Bearded men in toggle sweaters and their plaid wearing girlfriends came out in droves to Santa Ana’s historic Yost Theater (a jewel in itself with its flickering ceiling fixtures, antique paneling, and cushy theatre seats that recline) to be charmed by the whimsical rhythm of múm, who were touring to promote their fifth album, ‘Sing Along to Songs You Don’t Know.’

The band seemed to muster every last ounce of energy and bounce for this last performance of the tour, most apparent in the body movements and facial expressions of the two women in the band: Hildur Guðnadóttir (cello and vocals) and Sigurlaug Gísladóttir (vocals, ukulele, and percussion).

Their excitement and pure delight in playing music was infectious to behold, and at times I couldn’t help feeling overwhelmed with emotion, especially during the fantastically elaborate “They Made Frogs Smoke ‘Til They Exploded,” which tossed together the sound of harmonica, recorder, and a host of other quirky effects.

Beginning the late night with the sleepy final track off ‘Sing Along to Songs You Don’t Know,’ “Ladies of the New Century” and then subsequently ending the main set with the title track, “Sing Along,” made for a non-traditional show that began on a somber note and ended with a climatic bang.

Luckily the night wasn’t over yet, as múm came out to give an encore with the song “Green Grass of Tunnel,” a haunting crowd favorite that came from their first record, ‘Finally We Are No One.’

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