They convert many who encounter them to their raving ways. The converted know there is a better kind of music out there: one of ecstatic rhythms and primal groove. There is no longer any need for chords and choruses… there is no longer any need for love songs or sad songs, for this music transcends Earthly emotion. The followers of the masked shaman know the way to the future. The followers are growing… we give you the Mickey 9s!
There's an underlying influence of dance and hip-hop to your music. Who's idea was it to cover Daft Punk's 'Da Funk' and what do you all listen to?
The cover was a group decision. We aren't really aware of what goes on when we go into the studio. Stuff just happens and by the time we leave we've got a tune. We wanted to do it because we saw them at Rock Ness and Leeds and they were utter class. I only know this because I bought the Alive album when it came out though. I haven't a clue what happened at the festivals - for all I know I was watching John Cougar Mellencamp. Music-wise, we listen to a bit of everything, but its mostly banter and funky groovy music like RATM and Daft Punk that provides inspiration for Mickey 9's stuff. Dave just listens to Blink 182 though.
You're a group with an obvious great dark sense of humour. Would you rather be taken seriously or be known as a great party band?
Good question. It depends really. Obviously a couple of the tunes are just taking the piss over a funky bassline, but most of the stuff deserves a bit more of a listen. Maybe when it comes to the time to start thinking about recording for a release we might try and go for the more technically superior stuff, but we love the banterous songs just as much, and it's what makes Mickey 9's gigs what they are.
The band is neither knowing-Glasgow school of art types nor Boorish lad rockers, but something touching that of the city's hereos of yesteryear, eccentric oddballs Sensational Alex Harvey Band. Is it the fact that you don't fit in with any kind of Glasgow scene and don't seem to care if you do the reason why people at your gigs really cut loose?
Yeah, I hope so. That coupled with the fact that most people who go out to see bands in Glasgow are wrecked. I think we just play non-pretentious music in a city that detests pretentiousness. Well, that and we've got a few tunes up our collective sleeve.
And finally - the old classic - how did the name Mickey 9's come about?
It's a secret. If we told you we'd have to you-know-what. And we're not in the habit of doing you-know-what to journalists. Well, Dave is.
Glaswegian four-piece Mickey 9's are one of the Merchant City's most exciting new guitar bands. Their manic blend of onstage bodypopping, ski masks and Daft Punk covers will have you dancing like a loon and crying with laughter in equal measure.