Dumb Instrument - No-One Knows What It’s Like to Be Me (4 stars)

Dumb Instrument - No-One Knows What It’s Like to Be Me

Described in their local Ayrshire Post as like ‘Ivor Cutler on Irn Bru’, the youthful trio of singer-songwriter Tom Murray, pianist Mikey Grant and bassist Kieron Campbell, deliver their societally Scottish debut album. Augmented by fiddler Matt Harvey, the Stevenston Strings, guitarist Miss Georgie and harmonica-man Blind Bobby Bell, Dumb Instrument are indeed ‘Suffering from Scottishness’ – the title of the album’s closing track, and has there ever been a better narrative about death than in ‘Reverse the Hearse’? Lyrically, Murray makes morbid milarky from everyday necessities such as wheelie-bins via ‘What a Load of Rubbish’ and skins via ‘The Exterminating Angels’. And as for ‘Jaffa Baws’ (for all carrot-tops everywhere), little explanation is required.

Bad Cool Records

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