The core members of Munch Munch are Thomas and Richard who met in 2005, and instantly bonded over a love of maple and pecan crunch cereal and the shared appreciation of the Lighthouse Family. After discovering there was unresolved musical tension between them, they scrapped their original idea of starting a lighthouse family covers band and set about writing some of their own songs. They now record in their bedrooms, channelling all kinds of influences into epic pop explosions.
As musically informed by Robert Wyatt as they are by J Dilla and Madlib, this eclectic approach to song writing is filtered through a DIY recording ethic with comparisons to Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective and Gang Gang Dance, due to the prominent synth, abstract lyrics, unpredictable structures and ecstatic playfulness. Their forward thinking is more in step with the current US underground than anything happening in the UK right now.
Live they are joined by their friends Jack and Sarah, bringing a Man Man style party vibe to their performances. Gigs tend to involve frenzied instrument swapping and juggling of keyboards, two drumkits, glockenspiels, xylophones, melodica, and anything else that happens to be at hand. Bands such as Do Make Say Think and the Mae Shi are brought to mind.
Unlike these bands Munch Munch are not afraid to go for the pop jugular.