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A new look for The Mouse Outfit
It’s not often that the classic band-break-up reason of 'musical differences' actually makes an act almost double in size, but that’s exactly what has happened to The Mouse Outfit.
At the start of last summer, the band were picking up plaudits and fans by the bucketload with their breezy, jazzed up and souled out sound and were planning on releasing their debut single.
However, as founding member James Defty told Sam Walker on BBC Manchester Introducing, a amicable but unbridgeable rift was opening up between twin front women Abi and Sophie Wyles and the rest of the band.
"We really enjoyed the music that we did before, but – and I know it’s a cliché when people say 'musical differences' – we wanted to do the kind of music that we loved and so did they."
That led to what James calls "a bit of a change in style and a change in line-up", which has meant needing a few more seats on the tour bus.
"We were doing a soul thing before, and we've ended up doing a crossover between funk and hip-hop.
"We've brought in two rappers and a horn section. So we were five or six, and now there's nine of us."
The new line-up, who have been gradually building up their set in order to start playing live again, did consider a different title for the new project, but James explained that the decision to keep The Mouse Outfit moniker was made for the simplest of reasons.
The Mouse Outfit's James Defty
"We did [think about changing the name], but we had loads of friends on the MySpace, so we didn’t really want to change it."
The sound may be a little different, but it's every bit as good, and by the sounds of James' plan, it'll be even better experienced in the flesh.
"What we're trying to do [live] is make it sound like a hip-hop mix tape, where you drop in classic funk breaks between our original tracks without really stopping, so it’s a kind of a high energy level party."
It sounds like a show worth seeing and if the new tracks on the band’s MySpace are anything to go by, things are very much back on course for The Mouse Outfit to complete what they started last year and, despite the delay, get the wider attention they've always deserved.
The Mouse Outift play Manchester’s Club Underground on Friday 29 May
last updated: 06/04/2009 at 16:21