MIMR Review: The Goa Express ‘Be My Friend’

With a first appearance on MIMR, garage-rock 5 piece The Goa Express brightly illuminate with their crushing no-nonsense noise which grips you to the very core.

Grumbling under the radar of the northern towns for a little while, they set their sails with this latest track released earlier this month firmly catapulting them into our lives. With razor-sharp, chaotic riffs, turbulent beats and bellowing vocals that instantly take you in under there inviting wing and is a pleasing distraction from the current state the world is in.

Be there friend and check out the track here:

MIMR Band Chat: Wood Ewe



Taking his dreamy alt-pop sound and creative a soundscape that is both engrossing and enlightening is equal measure, the Wood Ewe project created by Iain Henderson has firmly become one of MIMR more interesting finds of recent times. We spoke to Iain about the recent single, the lockdown and the future plans of the project.


MIMR: We welcome Iain better known as Wood Ewe to MIMR, how would you best describe your sound and does your songwriting skills change with each track or do you have a tryed and tested method in this process?


Iain: Cheers for having me! If I was to try to sum it up it would be folk tinged experimental pop? Instruments and electronics meet to get a little weird and make you feel warm inside. Up to this point it’s mainly been a case of sitting at my laptop and trying to find a sound that gets me inspired, and from there the components of the track sort of reveal themselves, hopefully! I’ve been working on a lot of new material for 2021 that has been an effort to try another approach, but I’ll have more to share about that in a little while.


MIMR: MIMR have been thoroughly enjoying your music and ‘Commuter’ is a personal
favourite. What’s the track about and how has the ongoing lockdown affected you and your music?


Iain: Cheers! It sounds silly having written but Commuter is a favourite of mine too. I wrote it when I was getting the bus a lot for UV treatment in 2019, and made an effort to listen to as many new albums as possible. The track came entirely from that starting percussion idea and became a fun way of voicing the annoyances of any repetitive activity. Lockdown has given a lot of time to plan my next steps, but I’ve been struggling a lot with the lack of variety. The days seem to meld into one and it’s hard to set actual times for writing and producing without it just taking over everything! I’ve been fortunate not to have anything cancelled but Commuter did end up coming out a lot later than originally planned!




MIMR: What’s the one thing you miss about pre-lockdown life and can’t wait to return to doing whenever its safe to so of course?


Iain: It’s not the most inspired but I think I’ll look forward to some crate digging at Piccadilly records when it’s properly safe, there’s something a little special about finding an album you’ve been looking for, or even just taking the plunge and hearing something on vinyl for the first time!


MIMR: Personally i missed live gigs and going to the many amazing venues Manchester has to offer, which ones are your favourite hangouts in the city?


Iain: I’m a big fan of YES of course, whether it’s for a gig or a pint and a slice! It’s been incredibly sad to see the news that Gorilla is closing, as probably my favourite venue, it always struck the right balance between having a crowd and being intimate. Hopefully there’ll be some happier developments there, I’ll keep my fingers crossed.




MIMR: During the lockdown and away from music, was they’re any other activities that you found yourself enjoying to pass the time?

Iain: My Yorkie Tess has at least given me a reason to leave the house each day, After finishing up the last of my uni assignments, I’ve been allowing myself to play a few games here and there, whether that’s tabletop, such as Pandemic, or on my PC, mainly Dota but I’ve been losing a lot of time to Death Stranding since it came out, which is wonderfully bonkers in the best way.


MIMR: Despite all the uncertainty around at the moment, what do Wood Ewe have planned for the rest of 2020?


Iain: I’m hoping to have another EP out in time for the end of the year, so there won’t be any shortage of tunes from me, but in terms of live I’m waiting for now, as much as I’d love to be at a gig or playing some myself, I’m a bit cynical about how it’s all going to work out in the coming months. Wait and see though!




MIMR: Great to have you on the blog Iain, stay safe! How can people follow you on social media?

Iain: Always up for a chat, you too! I’m @woodewemusic on FB, Insta and Twitter and i can be found on Youtube by searching for wood ewe.

MIMR Band Chat: Home Counties

During this lockdown period there’s been only few positives to really put a smile on your face: the tireless work of the NHS and key workers being the main one but now MIMR can add the discovery of Bristol 5 piece Home Counties to that with their rousing noises.

We spoke to the band about their upcoming EP, lockdown activities and london shows.

MIMR: It’s a pleasure to have Home Counties on the blog, you’ve been described as wonk-pop which is certainly a first for MIMR, how best would you describe the noise you make and what influences do you draw upon the most?

HC: Some people have called it ‘wonk-pop’, which I think is a pretty apt description. People seem to label us as ‘post-punk’ all the time which is so generic and overused. A lot of our musical inspirations come from the 1970s CBGB’s, early 80s British New Wave and some more recent indie. I think we gravitate more towards the more ‘accessible’ and dancier sides of alternative music.

MIMR: This year has really kicked off for the band, 2 excellent singles, ‘Redevelopment’ is already one of our favourite tracks of the year, plenty of radio airplay and press interest too. Thrilled to see your EP release planned for later in the year too, tell us all about the record and are you itching to get it out there to people?

HC: Absolutely, we’ve been working on this EP for a long time and we can’t wait to share it. We recorded it last Winter just before we publicly launched Home Counties so we’ve been sitting on it for quite some time. It’s been reassuring to see that other people are into it – we’ve had some lovely radio support from Huw Stephens and Jack Saunders.

MIMR: The last few months have been far from ideal for the music scenes across the country, how have the band coped in the lockdown period?

HC: We’ve tried to think positive and we’ve used lockdown to write a ton of new material. We live together in Bristol so it’s actually been a pretty good opportunity to get our heads down. And we’ve fed our appetite for performing by playing a few ridiculous live streams from our living room… the last one we did featured dressing gowns, sunglasses and smoke machines.. we’ve had a lot of time on our hands…

MIMR: So live music has been taken away from us all currently and with no immediate sign of a swift return it must be frustrating as a band not being able to plan ahead with all the uncertainty in the air, what’s the one thing you miss about playing live?

HC: We’re a live band first and foremost so yeah, it’s been a tough year. There’s loads of aspects I miss about playing live but the main thing is the excitement of going on stage with your friends and not knowing how it’s going to go. Life is a lot more predictable without gigs.

MIMR: We would love to see you in Manchester when you’re able to play shows again. What venues closer to home were you favourite hangouts before the lockdown?

HC: I’d say our favourite Bristol venue is probably The Old England, which is a real creative centre in the city for all sorts of music. I also love The Exchange and The Louisiana. We tend to play more gigs in London though, and I think The Lexington is probably our favourite. We went on tour with Pip Blom and finished the run with a sold out Lexington show; that was pretty special.

MIMR: Great to have you on the blog, wish you all the best for the rest of the year and the EP too, how can people follow you on social media?

HC: Lovely to chat with you. The EP is out early September. Follow our socials to stay up to date:

https://www.facebook.com/homecountiesmusic/

https://www.instagram.com/homecountiesmusic/

https://twitter.com/Home_Counties_

MIMR Review: TOEGB ‘I’m Glad You Caught Me When You Did’

With their much anticipated new track The One Eyed General’s Bandit swoop back on the blog with another slice of indie/blues goodness and you won’t resist to press that repeat button over and over.

The manchester trio meld the classic 90s indie sound with a concotion of bluesy riffs and country style melodies that rumbles along with great gusto.

One of MIMR favourite acts showing their undoubted prowess once again to create something that is pleasing to the ear and firmly establishing themselves as a band to check out at a show….whenever that may be, the sooner the better i hope.

Oh all hail Pablo the hamster too (check the video here)

Follow them on Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/TheOneEyedGeneralsBandit/

MIMR Review: Suave Martyrs ‘Footsteps’

Released last friday (10th July) one of the brightest sparks flying around Manchester are psych-rock act Suave Martyrs with a welcome return to the blog, their new single ‘Footsteps’ firmly captures their enchanting sound.

First coming to our attention in early 2019, the mancunian quartet have grown into a band that has all the tools to become a force to be reckoned with.

Psychedelic grooves grip the track from the outset, a bow to their arsenal which is their strongest and most destructive yet, pulsating your brain instantly.

Having already conquered their home city with a number of well received headline shows throughout last year, the 4 piece will look to resume their place at the top of the bill when the live music scene is awoken from it’s slumber.

Dark, haunting tones, piercing, hypnotic guitars and cruscendo of striking beats really give the track it’s thunderous sound, Suave Martyrs have a EP in the works and it looks like it’s going to be something a little bit special my friends!

Here’s the track:

Head over to their Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/suavemartyrs/

MIMR Review: Woman You Stole ‘Evelyn’

Awakening from the gloom of the never-ending lockdown and the disappearance of live music we all love, Manchester Alt-pop trio Woman You Stole make a glorious return to the blog with this their 3rd demo track released during this difficult period we are all facing. The gloom is lifted from the outset though as a truimphant combo of heavenly vocals, blissful melodies and a storming chorus to boot makes this track one of their most treasured to date.

Produced in DIY conditions, with a mix of phone/tablets recordings shared and concealed into a killer track for a 3 piece that were set to go from strength to strength in 2020.With their unmissable live show being cruelly kept from the masses currently, Steve, Hayley and Jack have gone all out to enhance their already pleasing sound to the next level, let’s hope the live experience this 3 piece deliver ain’t too far away, ah the memories!

Here’s the track:

Hit them up on twitter:

https://twitter.com/Woman_You_Stole?s=09

MIMR Band Chat: Springfield Elementary

One of MIMR favourite bands of the last year or so are electric psych-punks Springfield Elementary and we welcome them back to the blog with open arms…well just as long as you adhere to the 2m distance of course.

We spoke to the guys about the new single, lockdown activities and sweaty nights in The Peer Hat.



MIMR: Great to have you on the blog, how best would you describe your sound and what influences would you consider to be the most favoured in creating your sound?  


SE: We’ve had our music described before as Acid-Punk, that’s been our favourite description. Our main influences vary from 60s psych to 90s grunge.  



MIMR: Fantastic to hear your new single, how was this recorded and what difficulties did you encounter especially in the times we are currently living in?  


SE: Thankfully we had the song recorded way before lockdown with Rainy Daze studios. It’s felt weird releasing a song and not being able to show it off with a gig somewhere! But we’ve made the most of the situation, making a lockdown themed music video. The theme of the song relates quite well to the feelings people have felt during lockdown, so it felt like the right song to have been released during these times.  



MIMR: So we all know live music is a no go at the moment and it’s hard to see when it will return, what gig venues do you have the fondest memories of and why?  


SE: There’s so amazing venues in Manchester, it’s hard to single them out. We’ve got great memories playing at sister pubs, The Castle and Gullivers. We’ve put on Halloween gigs here and played rowdy day festivals that have brought in fun crowds. Peer Hat deserves a special mention too for all the sweaty nights we’ve played in it’s dingy basement. Top ale choices too!!    


MIMR: Playing live must be the ultimate part of making music, what’s your favourite thing about the experience of being on stage?  


Brad: It is! It’s what I’ve struggled with the most since lockdown to be honest. Being able to play music that you’ve created with your pals and seeing the audience loving it is a special feeling.


Billy: It’s hard to pin point one exact thing… but being able to express yourself through your own music or music that you make with your friends is the ultimate buzz and something comes over me where I’m my complete self and completely comfortable with doing so. It’s better than any drug.  


MIMR: Apart from music, how have you passed the time during lockdown?  


Brad: I was working as a temp before lockdown so unfortunately I haven’t been on furlough so it’s been a lot of gardening, Fifa 16 and the odd shift I can grab at random supermarkets with this agency I’m with.


Chris: Films, gaming, sleep, eating food, and drinking.


Liam: I’ve accidentally killed some house plants, made friends with a spider that moved in, started doing some yoga and been trying to resist the urge to give myself a mullet.


Billy: Gardening every herb and veg under the sun. Watching films, reading and anything to pass the time!  



MIMR: Thanks for chatting to us on the blog, we’re thoroughly enjoying your new single and wish you all best for rest of the year, stay safe! How can people follow you on social media?  



SE:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldElementaryMCR/

Instagram: Instagram.com/springfieldelementarymcr/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/SpringfieldEl

Doctor, Doctor music video:

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MIMR Best of 2020 so far: Albums

Here are MIMR top 10 albums of 2020 so far

10. Orchards ‘Lovecore’

9. Wintergreen ‘The Future is a Way of Life’

8. False Heads ‘It’s All There but Your Dreaming’

7. Ist Ist ‘Architecture’

6. Danny Gruff ‘Author of My Own Misfortunes’

5. Bethlehem Casuals ‘The Tragedy of Street Dog’

4. Grasshopper ‘Scuttle’

3. Seazoo ‘Joy’

2. Grotbags ‘Grotbags’

1. Kidsmoke ‘A Vision In The Dark’

MIMR Best of 2020 so far: Eps

It’s been a funny old year so far with the coronavirus gripping us all and grinding to a halt the, normally, engrossing music scene, let’s hope live music can return sooner rather than later.With all that being said, some of MIMR favourite acts have still released some exciting new music over the 1st half of this year, throw into the mix some brand new bands to MIMR and 2020 hasnt been all that bad after all.Here’s our top 20 Eps of 2020 so far…

20. Yard Arms ‘Sanctuary Lines’

19. Magic Spells ‘Bubbly’

18. Soccer 96 ‘Tactics EP’

17. Sheafs ‘Vox Pop’

16. Joell Jordi ‘Joell Jordi’

15. Seagoth ‘Internet Cafe’

14. Document ‘A Camera Wanders All Night’

13. Ohmns ‘Iii’

12. Roxy Girls ‘A Wealth of Information’

11. Chihuahua ‘Live At Boxyard’

10. SPQR ‘No Brain, No Pain’

9. Cassette Apes ‘Don’t Bring a Drum Machine to a Dogfight’

8. Those Fucking Snowflakes ‘Straight Wealthy White Male Suffrage’

7. Furrowed Brow ‘Dead Dead Dead Still Digging’

6. Peaks ‘Seasons’

5. Eitha Da ‘Fizzy’

4. TV Face ‘Like Dominoes’

3. Alex Rave and The Sceptical ‘Profound Absurdities’

2. Giant Boys ‘Click and Collect’

1. The Sewer Cats ‘Zelda’

MIMR Review: Leisure Theory ‘Bend and Break’


With his first glorious effort of 2020 and of the upcoming EP, Jake Smith aka Leisure Theory launches his eccletic sound to another level with this euphoric electro-pop track.

Having already entised up throughout 2019 with such singles as ‘Profile’ and ‘Signifying Practice’ the manchester based project headed by Jake enters the next stage with engrossing and enchanting results despite the difficulties that we all currently face.


Partly produced during Lockdown and released by Most Joyous, Jake uses effervscent guitars combined with a backing track that glows and glistens throughout, it’s hard not to sway and lose yourself too.


MIMR will remain to take note of Jake’s work and even though seeing a live show anytime soon looks to be out of the question, the EP will serve up as a fruitful and essential soundtrack for your summer even if you are stuck at home.


Listen to the track here:

https://open.spotify.com/track/0MH6XV2LxmwBa9pBq6GKmJ?si=MP2vW8ynSOC3UD3C8NNcsQ


Follow Leisure Theory here:

https://www.facebook.com/lesiuretheory/

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