MIMR Band Chat: The Early Mornings

Ahead of tonights gig at The Peer Hat and their debut single release ‘Artificial Flavour’ Manchester alt-pop 3 piece prepare to bring their poetic lyrics and dynamic, melodic guitars to the masses.We spoke to the band about the gig, plans for the year and soup!

MIMR: Great to have you on the blog, tell people about the band and how best would you describe your sound?

TEM: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Sprechgesang. Like digging your grave and planting a seed. Like sandpaper beaches.

MIMR: You have a brilliant single out this month, MIMR has been very lucky to have a sneaky listen and it’s one of our faves at the moment. How did this come about and tell us about the single Launch
gig this week?

TEM: This is our first proper release, we’d only done a couple of home demos. We recorded it with Safe Suburban Home and it will be out on 7”.
Launch is at The Peer Hat and we’ve got some really good bands joining us in Roxy Girls, All Girls Arson Club and The Vat-Egg Imposition.

MIMR: What other plans do the band have for this year?

TEM: Writing more songs, got some shows booked in Feb across the UK and I’m sure there’ll be more releases soon.

MIMR: What venues in Manchester do you enjoy playing in?

TEM: M.E.N, Hacienda, Free Trade Hall, Fuel.

MIMR: Did any of the band have any new year resolutions?

TEM: Annie wants to eat more soup.

MIMR: Thanks for chatting to us on the blog, look forward to seeing you at gig. How can people follow you on social media?

TEM: Instagram.com/the_early_mornings


MIMR Band Chat: All Girls Arson Club

Sheffield punk trio All Girls Arson Club bring their riot grllls antics to Manchester this week and we spoke to them before their show to find out why their appeal is ever-growing, MIMR is hooked!

MIMR: Welcome to the blog, last year was a pretty good year for the band, with the release of ‘Dark Fruits’ record being a standout highlight. What’s the latest with the band and what plans do you have for the rest of the year?

AGAC: We’ve just recorded a new EP! We’ve just moved into a basement in Manchester so expect top shelf, sad indie rock anthems. We’re trying to put 25% more effort into life in 2020, so hopefully we’ll put out loads more music and creative stuff and put our art school years to use.

MIMR: What would you say are the musicial influences that shape your sound the most and what era of music are you fond of the most?

AGAC: Alice has listened to Teens of Style for three days straight, and India has been listening to car hole rock straight outta Australia almost exclusively. I think our most genuine influence is Green Day. We listen to A LOT of Green Day together. Our favourite era is probably every year the Grateful Dead played a show.

MIMR: What’s been your most memorable gig you’ve played so far as a band?

AGAC: I know it sounds a bit self indulgent, but we’re already talking about us… so! I think one of our best shows so far was the Friday night of Tramlines 2019. We curated a night at Delicious Clam, and played at midnight after a day full of amazing bands. We had the likes of Faux Machismo, Beige Palace and Self Esteem. We were dressed as cowboys and the room was full of love!

MIMR: Your playing at The Early Mornings single launch at The Peer Hat this friday, we’re really looking forward to seeing you live, what would be the usual routine in a run up to any gigs?

AGAC: You ever seen the movie The Dirt? It’s a lot like that but involves a little bit more anxiety on our parts.

MIMR: ‘Curry Club’ off the ‘Dark Fruits’ is a personal favourite and who doesn’t like a good curry, right? If there was one curry dish you could have all the time which one would it be?

AGAC: Specifically India would go for the Paneer Tikka Masala from Shaan’s on Chesterfield Road in Sheffield, and Alice would go for the King Prawn Karahi from The Clay Oven, a Goan restaurant that used to be on Oakbrook Road, also sheffield.

MIMR: Thanks for chatting to us at MIMR, good luck with everything in 2020, how can people follow you on social media?

AGAC: We’re really bad at using the internet, but get us on:
@allgirlsarsonclub on instagram


MIMR Band Chat: Estates

Band Chat returns for the new year with the 1st of many acts to feature on MIMR in 2020. We begin with indie 3 piece Estates who are one of the most promising new bands around and are touted by many to have a very bright future.

We spoke to the band about their music, influences and future plans

MIMR: Thanks for taking the time out to speak to us, who are Estates and how best would you describe your music?

Estates: Estates are a 3-piece consisting of Mark Bowman, Ben Richardson & Rory McColgan. We describe our music as dancefloor indie music with a bit of an edge.

Photo Credit: Rosy Butcher

MIMR: A new year is always a time of reflection, what were your favourite moments as a band in 2019?

Estates: Well, 2019 was the year of ESTATES with our debut single being released 1st November of which had a better welcome than we had first imagined. We’re still pretty fresh to the scene with not too much to look back on but looking forward to playing some new tunes.

MIMR: What’s the latest with the band and what will this year bring?

Estates: Were pretty much just taking every step as it takes us and trying to move forward with our music and currently back in the studio recording some stuff for a springtime release. We’ve also been working pretty hard to get ourselves playing some live music too, with a few festival slots along the way.

MIMR: Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

Estates: Due to being fresh out the womb, we just want to make sure to push ourselves whilst were still living in the city and making the most of opportunities and contacts that we have.

Photo Credit: Rosy Butcher

MIMR: If you could tour with any band, past or present, which one would it be and why?

Estates: Were a band of huge influences so would love to play with bands from MGMT, The Velvet Underground, Fountains DC to the Strokes

MIMR: It’s been a pleasure having you on the blog, good luck in 2020. How can people follow you on social media?

Estates: Our social media tag is @estates_band and were on all standard social media platforms.

They play at the next Free Vibes gig at Band On The Wall later this month, all details are here.


MIMR Playlist 2020: No.1

We’ve entered a new year and already a treasure trove of new music has been unearthed. Here’s the 1st MIMR Playlist of 2020 with some of the best new music about.

Grotbags ‘Tinder Surprise’

As we get ever closer to the release date of their upcoming album due for a valentine’s day release, Alt-pop frolicking 5 piece Grotbags share us a snapshot from the record with the comical but brilliant ‘Tinder Surprise’

The self-proclaimed ‘Greatest Band In The World’ share their experiences of very unwanted nudes in a very honest way, bellowing out ‘Put Away’ in a adamant way.

The track surges with great gusto with bellowing vocals, thrilling guitars and is a joyous listen. The album follows a similiar pattern with tracks about eggs, overfeeding babies and bunking off work, finally a album that ticks all them boxes.

Head down to their album launch show at Yes in Feb and grab yourself something pink and handy to play with….i’m talking about the record guys, keep it clean.

Saults ‘Proud’

One of Manchester up and coming acts certain to make a big leap in 2020 are Post-punk band Saults who lay down their destructive sound on debut single ‘Proud’ released before xmas.

The Patriotic chant rips through you with bruising beats and a crusendo of hard-hitting riffs that stirs real emotion with their heartfelt, passionate delivery.

Saults will be tearing it up this year, their wild live shows are already one of the hottest tickets in town, experience it for yourselves!

Peaness ‘Kaizen’

A welcome return to the blog to this act, indie-pop trio Peaness release latest track ‘Kaizen’ and it’s another delightful slice of melodic pop that you can bop your head too.

The trio from Chester have a come a long way since releasing debut EP ‘No Fun’ in 2015 but their charming knack of making sweet pop tunes has been relentless, catchy lyrics, fruitful harmonies and more blissfull guitars are heard loud and clear.

With continuous radio air-play and media interest Peaness are here to stay, if there was ever a band to lift you from the gloom then they are perfect!

Cassette Apes ‘Problematic’

One of MIMR’s favourite new acts of 2019 have taken no time at all this year to lay down their marker, electro-punk duo Cassette Apes release EP ‘Don’t Bring a Drum Machine to a Dogfight’ and continue where they left off with more punchy, hynoptic vibes on show.

‘Problematic’ is one of the many treats on the EP and echoes their unique and energised sound. Mesmerising drum machine kicks in, followed by forceful, dominant vocals and piercing, trancey beats that is hard not to loose your mind to.

Cassette Apes are unlike many others duo that MIMR has discovered over the years and it’s tracks like this that should put them on everyone’s essential playlist for this year.

MIMR Review: Narrow Margin ‘Kids Don’t Dance’

Bringing in the new year there’s lots of exciting new music from many of the talented Manchester acts that are planning big things in 2020 and Narrow Margin are certainly one of them acts that will be stamping their mark on the scene.

They release their 1st single with 42s Records today (10th January) ‘Kids Don’t Dance’ which is already a firm favourite at their raw, high-energy gigs and a real dancefloor filler.

The indie-punk 5 piece unleash their sound with catchy lyrics, spiralling guitars and stomping beats aplenty. Influences ranging from The Libertines and local heroes buzzcocks to Manic Street Preachers, Narrow Margin are putting out their frustrations about modern life and are ready, through their music, to take a stand with their many followers in line.

Having already sold out the Deaf Insitute last year, more gigs are already planned for 2020 including their next headline gig at The Bread Shed in March, which is going to go through the roof, the kids defintely will dance!

MIMR Review: The 99 Degree ‘El Monstruo’

A long overdue review of one of MIMR fave records of 2019, having featured in our end of year list released a few weeks ago and been on constant repeat since it’s release in early November, Manchester psych, garage rock 5 piece The 99 Degree unleash their fury on the monster that is ‘El Monstruo’

The thumping drums intro to opening track ‘John The Killer’ sets the eerie and monstrous tone of the record, gritty vocals and striking riffs make a concotion that has a spine-tingling effect.
MIMR fave track ‘Flatline’ is awoken next on the record, stomping along with a effortless breeze of cutting vocals, dark and dingy hooks and a true example of their surf/psych influence, one of many that flutters amongst all the delightful tracks.

Young Flame’ is raw, burning your mind with it’s crunching guitars, haunting beats and more slashing vocals that capture the bands fruitful and varied influences, as well as being a cracking sing-a-long track.

Dead Or Alive’ is a homage to westerns, a theme that flows through ‘El Monstruo’ and it perfectly takes you into their world where duels, sipping whiskey and riding on horseback would be common place.

The record ends with a reprise version of ‘Young Flame’ which is stripped down to the bare bones, tossing about as a joyous, rawcous finale with more gritty vocals and thumping beats and ends with a crusendo of striking riffs that bash your brain to a pulp.

The 99 degree’s return has been much needed and their monstrous sound echoes across Manchester and beyond, the monster has awoken!


MIMR Gig Guide: January

It’s often said that January is a quiet month when it comes to gigs but the start of 2020 goes against that thought entirely.

MIMR brings back a old favourite feature MIMR Gig Guide bringing you the best gigs in Manchester thoroughout the month, this includes a gig of the month section.

We defintely kick off the new year with a bang!

Gig Of The Month

31st @The Eagle Inn, Salford

Scruff Of The Neck

Slap Rash w/ Flamingo House and Swine

Sparks will be flying at The Eagle Inn with a storming night of music being showcased. Heavy and hard punk duo Slap Rash are ready to set stages alight this year with their raucous live show which leaves you shaken and stirred.

Amazing support on the evening come from up and coming raw indie 4 piece from North Wales Flamingo House and the heavy and full blooded sound of MIMR faves Swine


Here’s the very best of the rest for January in Manchester:


The Birthmarks/Sniffany & the Nits/Furrowed Brow/Garden Centre @The Peer Hat


Saults @Aatma


Youth Concept w/The Paupers, The Sides and Oliver Vawdrey @ Off The Square

Tinfoils w/ Feral Family, Chupa Cabra and Black Clyde and the Tube Disasters @ Gullivers

Steve Ross Presents Factory Acts w/ The Ombudsmen and The Red Stains @ The Peer Hat


Free Vibes (Curated by Shell Zenner)

Feat. Grotbags, Corella, Hi Sienna and Little Strange @ Band On The Wall


Double Denim Presents Katie Elizaa w/ Mister Twisted, We Are North, Katz and Sol Mata @ The Peer Hat


This Feeling Big In 2020 feat. Satyr Play, The Claremonts, Bines, Dollie Demi + more… @ The Bread Shed


The Early Mornings single Launch w/ Roxy Girls, All Girls Arson Club and The Vat-Egg Imposition @ The Peer Hat

Katz ‘Dumb Songs’ Launch w/ Sonic AM @ Big Hands Bar

Modern Age Music Presents One To Watch: feat. Saint Ivy, Aria, Snash and Aerial Salad @ Yes

DHP Family Presents Yuka Tree @ The Eagle Inn


The Monofones, Snakerattlers w/Bones Shake, Thee Windom Earles and The Red Stains @ The Peer Hat


AE Presents Kill Your Boyfriend w/ Hey Bulldog, Glossolalia, The Dee Vees and Leon The Pig Farmer @ The Peer Hat

MIMR Review: The Battery Farm ‘Crude Oil Water’

MIMR is back and ready to take in what 2020 will bring and the new music is already exploding into our ears. A band that struck a chord with MIMR last year were the ferocious punk sound of Manchester’s The Battery Farm with some rip-rawing tracks that made it onto our Playlist feature.The quartet are certainly not hanging around this year with this new release hitting us on New Years Day and stating their intention to crack on in the new decade.‘Crude Oil Water’ has a much more post-punk feel to it than the raging punk of their previous tracks with a mesmerising, frenetic trance sound shimmering throughout with more bold and burning vocals really hitting the spot. It’s this hypnotic delivery that adds another layer to their ever-increasing musical tools they have at their disposal.The Battery Farm have set their sights high to make this a good year and with many people eyeing them up as ones to watch, it’s a certainty that their journey will include some giant leaps, MIMR is on board!Next gig with Deco Record next month:https://open.spotify.com/track/2FjpvYcGeIRKR07bm0UYG1?si=GNb3t4L4Q5W7M8wCdJ58bw

MIMR Sounds Of 2020

As we enter a new year and also a new decade, here’s who MIMR thinks will be the 10 acts worth keeping a close eye on theoughout the year. All these acts will appear on the blog again very soon.

Leisure theory




The Red Stains

Loose Articles

The Sewer Cats

Hannah Ashcroft

Photo Credit: Dan Wiebe

Yuka tree


MIMR Tracks of 2019

As we enter not only a new year but a new decade, here is MIMR’s favourite tracks of 2019. Always a difficult choice as they’re were so many, we’ve narrowed it down to 50.

1. Shredd ‘Rot’

2. Lynchs ‘Breathe’

3. Seazoo ‘Throw It Up’

4. Leisure Theory ‘Subjects’

5. Sprinters ‘Ending’

6. False Advertising ‘You Won’t Feel Love’

7. Mcrae ‘Postapocalipstick’

8. Liines ‘On and On’

9. Slap Rash ‘Zone A’

10. Sweetness ‘Pretty’

11. Rascalton ‘Employee Of The Month’

12. Geisterhaus ‘Wild Swimming’

13. Claw the thin ice ‘Tropic Of Cancer’

14. Eitha Da ‘Strange Harvest’

15. Cobain Jones ‘Wonder (Ravenhead demo)’

16. Pondarosa ‘Sooner or Later’

17. Hey Bulldog ‘Death and Greed’

18. Seagoth ‘Internet Cafe’

19. The Battery Farm ‘97-91′

20. Woman You Stole ‘Shake’

21. Cassette Apes ‘Wind Your Neck In’

22. Giant Boys ‘What’s That’

23. Grimm Twins ‘Summer Of Love’

24. Springfield Elementary ‘Machine Fiend’

25. Aria ‘Part 3: The Drama’

26. Gambling Hearts ‘This Love’

27. Threads ‘Sequels’

28. Tinfoils ‘The Royal Baby Machine’

29. Rodents ‘Mad Fer It’

30. Kidsmoke ‘Passenger’

31. Careering ‘Truetips’

32. The Luka State ‘What’s My Problem’

33. The Birthmarks ‘Fan Fiction’

34. Crapsons ‘Who’ll Babysit The Goths’

35. Those Fucking Snowflakes ‘Stop Being a Dickhead To Each Other’

36. Cowgirl ‘Your Not There’

37. The Empty Page ‘When The Cloud Explodes’

38. Luxury Apartments ‘Energy’

39. Swine ‘They Hate Us’

40. The Dolly Shakes ‘Deep Fat Fryer’

41. Juilper Sky ‘Heaven’

42. Pool Sharks ‘Craw’

43. Foxglove ‘Blind’

44. Ourkid ‘Disappear’

45. The Navettes ’12AM’

46. The One-eyed General’s Bandit ‘The Ferryman’

47. Delights ‘Sometimes, Lately’

48. Diving Station ‘Honey Bees’

49. Octopus ‘Happy Today’

50. Katie Elizaa ‘That Girl’

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