The Mugwumps, if you’ll recall from your high school history class, were Republican dissidents who supported Grover Cleveland in the late 1880s. For about ten years afterward, the term became a pejorative one for anyone fleeing their political party, and nearly 150 years later, it’s been adopted by a Belgian leftfield DJ and producer specializing in a whole other kind of party: the dance party.
On January 22, Mugwump (a.k.a. Geoffroy) will release a 13-track deluxe edition of his debut LP Unspell, which arrived last year. The album’s live version of “After They Fall,” backed by a four-piece band that will tour with him for a handful of dates you can find below, is a synthesized post-punk joy ride. His breathy intonations fuel an icy whirlwind of staccato keyboard stabs, not unlike Depeche Mode or a more emotionally removed Cold Cave. Listen here, and pre-order the record at Subfield/iK7.
Mugwump live tour dates:
January 15 — Groningen, NE @ Eurosonic Noorderslag
January 23 — Liège, BE @ Les TransArdentes Festival
February 27 — Brussels, BE @ ABBota Festival