Here Come the Mummies, terrorizing the Pisgah Brewing stage

Paul Clark

Dumpstaphunk, the New Orleans funk supergroup, is the headliner at Pisgah Brewing’s outdoor show Thursday, Aug. 10. But Here Come the Mummies is what it’s all about.

Here Come the Mummies is an eight-piece funk-rock band of, according to its press release, “5,000 year-old Egyptian Mummies” that produce "terrifying funk from beyond the grave."  The band, which swaths itself in mummy wraps and fun, has opened concerts for Al Green, Cheap Trick and P-Funk. HCTM plays hard-core funk in a surf rock way.

To be 5,000 years old, Here Come the Mummies look (and sound) pretty good.

But even more fun is the story the band tells about its discovery in the press release it sent. Here’s some of it:

“It’s been a long and dusty road since 1922 when, at a dig in the desert south of Tunis, Professor Nigel Quentin Fontanelle Dumblucke IV (1895-) unearthed the ruins of an ancient discotheque to find a dozen undead Egyptian mummies inexplicably throwing down what he dubbed, “Terrifying Funk From Beyond the Grave.”

“From these hovering souls, who called themselves Here Come The Mummies, Dumblucke learned of the powerful curse that doomed them to wander the earth, seeking the ultimate riff, the one that may allow their spirits to rest after eons of, as they put it, “banging out solid fly grooves, y’all.” But their story was murky at best.

“What is clear is that these saucy specters resurfaced around the turn of the Millennium. … Some say they were cursed after deflowering a great Pharaoh’s daughter. Others claim they are reincarnated Grammy-Winning studio musicians. Regardless, HCTM’s mysterious personas, cunning song-craft, and unrelenting live show will bend your brain, and melt your face.”

Consider yourself warned.

Funk, unwrapped

Who: Here Come the Mummies

When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10

Where: Pisgah Brewing Co.

Cost: $25 advance, $30 door