MIMR Gig Guide: September

With the summer coming to a predictably soggy end, MIMR is here to lift the gloom away with a look at the best gigs to get down to this month and it looks like it’s going to be pretty mega.

Here are some of September’s highlights.

9th Hover Bored/Flood Manual @Aatma

20th

Baby Strange @Gullivers

22nd

Flat Plastic presents Polo/Ambiere @The Castle Hotel

Scruff of the Neck Records presents The Hubbards/Blooms…@Deaf Institute

26th

Van Zeller w/The 99 Degree+ Hey Bulldog + The Slovaks @The Castle Hotel

Gig of the Month

29th

The Hyena Kill @Manc Academy 3

Rock masters Steve and Lorna are ready to unleash some more fury at their biggest gig to date later this month and are all set to blow the roof off at the Academy on the 29th.

With a arsenal of new material and having also being recently snapped up by APF Records, this night is set to live long in the memory and MIMR will be there.

Support on the night includes MIMR faves The Empty Page.

Tickets available here:

https://www.seetickets.com/event/the-hyena-kill/manchester-academy-3/1059954

30th

Stay Fresh Fest 3. Feat. Easy Kill @Deaf Insitute

MIMR Review: Kidsmoke ‘Seabirds’

We always welcome the next band to make our bodies tingle and Wrexham Indie Pop maestros Kidsmoke achieve this and much more on their latest single ‘Seabirds’ which offers something just a little bit special.

It’s the closing track on their recent ‘Save Your Sorrow’ EP and the fourth single to be showcased from the record, it’s another slice of delighful indie vibes from start to finish.

Glistening guitars and sweet vocal harmonies are enhanced ten fold, one of their more ambitious creations as a band to date. The foursome have riden a crest of wave already in 2017 with increased press attention including radio and Spotify coverage and are ready to push through to bigger and better things.

They have a few high profile dates in the Autumn, including festival appearances at Portmeiron and Cardiff’s Swn Festival. Also watch out for their first Manchester headline show in late October, MIMR will be there!

The video which was premiered over at Too Many Blogs yesterday and directed by guitarist Sophie is cleverly produced and shows the fun, care-free outlook the band have, enjoy it here:

MIMR Review: Van Zeller ‘The Coward’

Making a furious racket are Bristol punk quartet Van Zeller and their voices are being heard loud and clear on their high-octane new single ‘The Coward’.

Working with Tarek Musa from MIMR faves Spring King, the foursome burst into life with shredding riffs and vocals that strike straight through your bones, a track that won’t leave your mind anytime soon for sure.

The guys head out on their own headline tour in a few weeks including a much anticipated Manchester date at The Castle Hotel, more info on this will appear on MIMR Gig Guide out this week.

Burst a move or two and get on down to Van Zeller, dancing shoes required!

The track is here:

MIMR Review: Carroll ‘Velvet’

We head to Philadelphia, USA for some eye-catching psych pop sounds from a quartet talked about as one of the most colourful and carefully honed indie rock acts around, MIMR introduces you to Carroll

This stand-alone single showcases their engaging sound to another level, cool and groovy, psychedelic tones and vocals that have been beautifully captured in a breezy 3 minute track.

Carroll have proved that they can create a woozy, easily digestable pop song and here at MIMR we think thats a pretty hard thing to find, job done!

Check the track out here:

MIMR Review: Esprit D’Air ‘Ignition’

Heavy Rock trio Esprit D’Air explode and excite with their latest single taken from their recently released new album ‘Constellations’, it shoots from both barrels and some!

The london based threesome follow a strong DIY ethos which endears them to many within the music community including here at MIMR and their latest album was created under their own record label ‘Starstorm Records’

If you like thrashy, quick-fire riffs and a crusendo of pounding beats then you are kept very satisfied throughout, ignition well and truly burning bright.

You can check the track out here:

They head out on tour early next year including a well antcipated Manchester date, check here for full details:

MIMR Review: Young States ‘Over It By Now’

Coming out all guns blazing with the release of their blistering latest single are All-girl punk rock quartet Young States who look all set to deliver a power-punch to leave you forever reeling.

Hailing from Norwich, the four-piece unleash this monster track, taken from their upcoming EP ‘Past Truths/Present Lies’ out Sept 29th and the explosion of noise it creates as already ensured the whole record will be well worth waiting for.

Pounding beats ignite into spiralling guitars and bellowing vocals kick in to great effect leading to a addictive and powerful tonic which leaves you in a daze.

Young States are certainly not a band to take lightly, immerse yourself and feel the passion.

The video for the single is here:

MIMR Band Chat: Waste

One of the breakthrough bands to make MIMR purr this year are rock 4 piece Waste and we were lucky enough to catch a few words with Jak (vocals/guitars) about their beginnings as a band and their brilliant new single.

MIMR: Great to have Waste on the blog, how did the band come about and was it clear from the start what musical direction the band would take?

Jak: Cheers for having us! The band formed after we went on a pretty eventful work trip together to Musikmesse in Frankfurt. Max, Lawrence and myself had recently started working for the same music company, we were staying together and decided to explore Frankfurt’s night life together.
Things escalated quickly and during the evening I was kidnapped by a wicked duo made up of a bouncer and a toothless old stripper – after being held for what seemed like a lifetime I eventually made my escape and was reunited with the boys only to find our hotel had been locked up for the night. We had to scale up the building and break into our window on the second floor…well at least we thought it was our window.

After such a lively night we decided that when we got back home we should start playing music together as a bit of fun after work, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The nice thing about how we started playing together was that there was never a conversation about what we should do, what should we try and sound like etc. We just got in a room and played. We spent a long time with lots of songs that didn’t have lyrics, we’d just play these instrumentals tracks over and over, but looking back I think that kind of worked in our favour. We would just play, come up with riffs, get to know each other and at the same time become a really tight band – it was all very natural I think.

MIMR: Tell us about the new single ‘Bullet’ and can we expect more new tracks before the year is out?

Jak: Bullet is our heaviest track to date, not only tonally but also lyrically it’s the darkest track we’ve written. This song came about in a very different way to how we usually would write. Lawrence and myself where down at London Road Studios late one night, there was a drum kit in the live room with just a couple of room microphones up that had been left over from a session. I’d had a recent obsession with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and I wanted to mess around on the drums and try and get a similar sound that they have on their records so Lawrence put a load of distortion plug ins on these room mic channels and I was playing a straight beat (I’m no drummer by any stretch of the imagination!) and just enjoying this lovely distorted sound coming through the headphones. All of a sudden Lawrence plays the riff that you hear throughout Bullet and I just said “What’s that?! It’s great!”. He records a take of it and then told me to get off the drums and let him play something along to the riff (a nice way of saying you’re shit at drums please stop!) Anyway before you know it we had a structure to a song and a demo down. I took it away and wrote the lyrics and then showed it to Max and Josh, they did their thing and the track just became this whole other beast.

Maybe it’s something we’ll do again in the future but it’s not the usual way that we do things. We’ve been writing again recently and are definitely hoping to release something before the year is up.

MIMR: What’s your favourite part about playing live?

Jak: Playing live is the best thing about being in a band! Our live show is something we work very hard at, you want people to come to your shows and have an amazing time and enjoy the night. When you discover a new band, fall in love with their story and their songs there is then no greater disappointment than going to see them play and the live show is just not up to scratch.

The biggest buzz and the best part about playing live is definitely seeing people get into it and enjoy themselves – fans give you so much – coming to the shows, buying merch, etc. that it’s only right that you make sure you put on a show for them.

MIMR: There’s been a constant buzz about the band from pretty early on in your journey, what’s been the most pleasing thing you’ve had said about the band and why?

Jak: Yes it’s been really nice, the reaction we’ve had from all the tracks we’ve put out there since the beginning. The most pleasing thing for me was one of the first ever reviews we had for our debut track Blow. It simply said “Waste sound more Rancho De La Luna than Stevenage”. For me that was a massive complement as even before we started the band the Rancho is somewhere I would and still do dream about recording. Some great albums have come out of that magical place in the Californian Desert and it was a real honour that someone felt that four lads from Stevenage in a Studio in Baldock had been able to capture something that was reminiscent of the sound and style achieved there.

MIMR: Thanks for dropping by on the blog – festival season is in full swing, if you had to pick one to play which one would it be and why?

Jak: Thanks very much for having us. For me it would probably be a toss-up between two festivals – the obvious one is Glastonbury. I’ve never had the pleasure of being there myself but I feel that to play Glastonbury on the Pyramid stage would be the pinnacle of any bands career. The line-up was also pretty great this year.

Personally though it would have to be latitude festival in Suffolk. I went a few years back in 2012, the line-up was fantastic, the weather was unexpectedly great – I’ve never been so sun burned in my entire life – and just the whole vibe and atmosphere was very friendly, the whole weekend was just amazing.

There are stages tucked away in the woods, a stage in a lake and they even have colourful sheep…what more could you want from a festival! Like with lots of things in life though, if something was good first time around maybe you shouldn’t go back (although I bloody well will if I’m asked…) so for that reason I guess I’m going with Glastonbury.

Here’s the latest single ‘Bullet’