MIMR Band Chat: Ace Motel

First up on MIMR Band Chat in 2018 are Indie pop duo Ace Motel who are ready to unleash their soothing sounds to us all, Manchester prepare to be amazed.

MIMR spoke to Kammy and Georgia to discuss their future plans.

MIMR:

How did Ace Motel start up and what kind of influences do you draw upon to ceate your sound?

Ace Motel: We met at university, having been put in the same flat in our first year, and became instant friends. We both shared a love for music and began playing acoustic open mics together. As we became more confident, and realised how well we gelled creatively, we decided we should create our own sound. Kammy immersed himself in the production side of things and I, Georgia, focussed on vocals and lyrics. We had always shared an affinity for indie-rock but, by living together in Manchester with its diverse music culture, our musical tastes were broadened. To put it bluntly, we were a bit bored of indie-rock. We began experimenting by using vocal layers and unique combinations of sound, inspired by the music of The Japanese House, Bon Iver, and The XX. This style of music is what we wanted to aim towards, however we are influenced by multiple genres; essentially anything and everything we listen to. We never want to deprive ourselves of experimentation; almost all of our songs started off as an experiment, toying with guitar and unique sound compilations. We felt that there was a lot of originality lacking in the mainstream music we were listening to, and so we attempted to digress from what is considered to be the “conventional song structure” in a lot of our writing. We hope that our combinations of sound create a sense of the all-consuming atmosphere that you should be absorbed in when listening to music. We like to think we’ve been quite bold with some of our uses of sound; we even sampled the intercom announcement at a tram station in San Francisco! This one sample ultimately cultivated the entire premise and meaning of one of our songs. We are still best friends, living together in Manchester, and we have a lot of big plans for the year to come.

MIMR: What can we expect from you in 2018?

Ace Motel: The main focus at the moment is working towards our first EP, so we’re doing a lot of writing and recording for that. You can also expect some remixes, more videos, a possible mini-tour, and maybe even a short film! Playing as many live gigs and going to see as much live music as possible for inspiration is also definitely on the agenda. We have a lot of ideas, but like we said writing and recording is our priority.

MIMR: With social media being such a big tool for musicians nowadays, how would you rate your confidence with social media tools and how best would you use this in the future?

Ace Motel:

Aesthetic is very important to us in terms of individualising Ace Motel as a brand, and so social media is an ideal platform to promote this through photos and videos. For us, I think it is important that image and sound go hand-in-hand to create that “atmosphere” I previously mentioned. Also, social media is obviously useful to keep up to date with musical trends and, more importantly, to create as much hype around the band and to promote our music as much as possible.

MIMR: Do you have any new years resolutions?

Ace Motel: In general, for both of us, a new years resolution is most definitely to start waking up a lot earlier to try and get as much work as possible! In terms of the band, our main aims are to keep working hard, play more shows, and release music that is constantly improving. We’re really hoping that 2018 is a big and successful year for us.

MIMR: Thanks for chatting to us on the blog, if there was any song you could take credit for, which one would it be and why?

Ace Motel: As a band I think we have to choose “33 God” by Bon Iver. They are a huge inspiration to us, and this song has such an emotional impact and meaning despite the fact that it is so ambiguous. This, alongside with its use of samples and unconventional structure, is what we aspire to be able to create ourselves. To us, it is pretty much a perfect song.

MIMR Gig Guide: January

2018 has finally hit us and as you recover from your xmas and new year celebrations, the quality of gigs this month prove that it will not be a quiet period for the Manchester music scene.

Here are the pick of the best gigs in January.

13th

Solitary Music Nerd gig featuring Pet Crow + Patty Hearst @The Peer Hat

17th Night and Day Showcase feat. Edits

19th Night and Day Showcase feat. Field Manual

23rd Violet Youth @Jimmy’s

24th

Hey Bulldog supporting SEXTILE @The Castle Hotel 27th

Robotalien + The Empty Page supporting All Hail Hyena @The Castle Hotel

Tilted Music Festival @The Peer Hat

Crosa Rosa supporting Baba Naga @Eagle Inn

MIMR Sounds of 2018

It’s time for MIMR annual Sounds of list which highlights the acts that in our opinion will soar to bigger and better things this year. In previous years some of MIMR favourite acts have been featured including The Hyena Kill, Peaness, The Jade Assembly, New Luna, Gravves, Maisie Johnson, Crimsons and many more.

Here is 2018 acts:

The Hubbards

Champion of youth

Ace Motel

Fears Chella

Sam Leoh

SPINN

Tremors

Violet Youth

Ravellas

Queasy

Previous years list

Sounds of 2017

https://music-is-my-radar.com/2017/01/03/mimr-sounds-of-2017/

Sounds of 2016

https://music-is-my-radar.com/2015/12/16/mimr-sounds-of-2016/

MIMR Best of 2017: Albums

As we prepare to wave goodbye to 2017 it’s safe to say that it’s been a top notch 12 months for albums from some of top signed and unsigned acts, many that have featured on the blog during the year.

Here is the MIMR top 50 records of the year.

25. Hegarty ‘Selling Soul To Sanity’

24. Cross Wires ‘Living In A Radio City’

23. Megaflora ‘Redwoods’

22. Sweet Baboo ‘Wild Imagination’

21. Alpha Male Tea Party ‘Health’

20. Lush Purr ‘Cuckoo Waltz’

19. Embers ‘Part Of The Echoes’

18. Cowards ‘Teeth’

17. Menace Beach ‘Lemon Memory’

16. Danny Gruff ‘Danny Gruff’

15. Pet Crow ‘ A Simple Guide To Small and Medium Pond Life’

14. Scholars ‘ Arts and Grafts’

13. Say Sue Me ‘Say Sue Me’

12. The Immediate ‘Manbuoy’

11. Happyness ‘Write In’

10. The Big Moon ‘Love In The 4th Dimension’

9. Pinact ‘The Part That No One Knows’

8. Lab Coast ‘Remember The Moon’

7. Dutch Uncles ‘Big Balloon’

6. Horsebeach ‘Beauty and Sadness’

5. Loom ‘Loom’

4. Cull ‘2A/T3’

3. The Roseville Band ‘Blood’

2. The slovaks ‘Get Down’

1. Sprinters ‘Sprinters’

MIMR Best of 2017: EPs

Probably one of my favourite part of the blog is where we look back at the last 12 months of superb music from some of MIMR favourite acts and 2017 has certainlt been a bumper year.

Here’s the rundown of MIMR top 50 EPs of 2017

50. Dream Nails ‘Dare To Care’

49. Finola ‘Waterworks’

48. Scott Lloyd ‘In The Garden’

47. Jaayns ‘Bright White Yellow’

46. Demur ‘Demur’

45. Shiners ‘Now’

44. Til Howl ‘Til Howl EP’

43. Flashes ‘Rzhev’

42. Meadowlark ‘Postcards’

41. Nelson Can ‘Ep3’

40. SPQR ‘The House That Doubt Built’

39. Beaumont ‘Honestly’

38. King Kartel ‘Part Of The Plan’

37. Callow Saints ‘Twisted Hazel’

36. The Vinyl Reprisal ‘Graffiti EP’

35. The 99 Degree ‘The Boot Hill Surf Club’

34. Pleasure House ‘Sentient’

33. The Night Cafe ‘Get Away from The Feeling’

32. Sisteray ’15 Minutes’

31. Sleeptalking ‘Oh Isnt it Strange’

30. Lyerr ‘In Principio’

29. Useless Cities ‘New Feelings’

28. Jellyskin ‘Jellyskin’

27. Maddie Jones ‘Dis-ar-ray’

26. Robotalien ‘High Hopes’

25. Accrogeist ‘Something To Repair Me’

24. Kaleiders ‘Something To Make You Feel Better’

23. Bruja ‘Evil Creepy’

22. Slow Canyons ‘Slow Jamz Vol.1’

21. Cynthia’s Persicope ‘Papier-mache Planet’

20. Gathering Of Strangers ‘Gathering Of Strangers’

19. Isabella Crowther ‘Let The Light Through’

18. The Immediate ‘Mold EP’

17. Colour Of Spring ‘E.P’

16. Violet Youth ‘Primary Nature’

15. Milk Teeth ‘Go Away’

14. Young States ‘Past Truths, Present Lies’

13. Ambiere ‘Tree Of Life’

12. Scab Hand ‘Scab Hand EP’

11. Beach Royals ‘Trap Door Music’

10. Champion Of Youth ‘Champion Of Youth EP’

9. Campfire Social ‘Wellbeing’

8. Gravves ‘Rattle’

7. Peaness ‘Are You Sure’

6. Pool Art ‘Chamber Piece’

5. Crimsons ‘Shy Talk’

4. Flood Manual ‘How To Be Happy’

3. Kidsmoke ‘Save Your Sorrow’ 2. False Advertising ‘I would Be So Much Happier If I Stopped Caring’

1. La Bete Blooms ‘I Know It’s Nothing’

MIMR Advent Calendar: No.3 False Advertising

Next to pop up on MIMR Advent Calendar are noise-rock delights False Advertising who have had a pretty memorable year to say the least. MIMR has seen them develop from their striking early days, a raw breath of fresh air on the Manchester music scene and now they are a fully-fledged outfit, piercing the hearts of every person they perform for.

Another cracking EP ‘I would Be So Much Happier If I Stopped Caring’ was released with subsequent tour dates following but their high point of the year must of been their shows in america at SXSW which went down a storm.

So what next for the talented manchester trio, plenty more thrilling shows guaranteed, more cool tracks to be written and then maybe more steps can be taken to ensure their your favourite band, the best is yet to come, watch this space!

Head over the their website now for plenty of goodies:

http://www.falseadvertising.co

MIMR Advent Calendar: No.2 The Hyena Kill

Storming their way through door 2 on MIMR Advent Calendar are the rip-rawing rock twosome The Hyena Kill and they’ve been tearing it up all over in 2017.

Off the back of the release of last years epic ‘Atomised’ record, the duo have taken the time to expand their sound to the next level, faster, harder, with epic-ness is guaranteed. They aint altogether been hiding away though, some big shows have been played including their massive Manchester headline show in September.

So record No.2 is in the making and the pair look set to blow more people away very soon, i bloody can’t wait.

Here’s just a taste of what to expect on the next record, recent single ‘Panic Womb’