Mama Scuba, ‘El Shake.’

With the two singles under their belt and coverage from Steve Lamacq’s unsigned ‘session of the week,’ Mama Scuba are set to soar in 2005 if there is any justice in the world.

As they release their new single ‘El Shake’ I want to examine exactly what makes this band so captivating.

Mama Scuba hail from Leeds and are regulars in the UK indie chart. Their new single captures everything that is great about their sound.

Take classic indie’s lamentable lyrics pitted against upbeat rhythms. Twist with a jagged layered sound as disturbingly chilling backing vocals overlay a polka-style rhythm.

The single mixes grunge with indie chic, crescendo with hush, mod rock with a twist of funk.

Charlotte Cairns