MIMR Review: Grotbags

How did you spend Valentine’s day this year? Buying lavish gifts for your loved ones for no real reason i bet, a much more enjoyable and a little less heartache would of been spent listening to the self-titled debut album by Manchester pop-rock heroes Grotbags or should i say ‘the Greatest band in the world’ as stated modestly by themselves but like the Coronavirus, this statement is spreading.

Released via Dipped In Gold Recordings this release delves through how to deal with the existence of over-sized babies, being the recipent of nude pics on your phone and avoiding your album to have any ‘Hot Shorts Shit’ on it (we love Hot Shorts btw)

The rousing intro ‘Hiya’ is the perfect way to get friendly with the frolicking 5 piece and by the end of this short but sweet record they will become one of your favourite bands.

Muscle Touch bounds along with cutting riffs and pounding beats, a real pulsating anthem, which weighs in at their longest track in duration, it’s a right treat. Cute drops in next, a track that has been around for a little while but gets it’s time to really shine here, spiralling guitars as well as jazzy interludes hit all the right spots.

Furiously arriving on the scene Alarm Clock tells the tale of the constant fight to get out of bed and start the day, often because of the hatred of work. There’s no snooze to be pressed on this track tho as it whizzes along with bellowing vocals and more powerful riffs, ‘fuck work indeed’. Previous single ‘Big Baby‘ arrives and it’s subject does ring with me, being dad myself and based on my own observations, other babies do sometimes appear larger than life, not mine of course, remember fruit and veg people! The track itself has catchy, quirky lyrics and is hard not to smile to.

The aptly named track Puke harbours back to drunken nights out and snogging and the fear of puking occuring during the act. The rousing guitar solo halfway through is instantly pleasing and more catchy lyrics to boot to keep you hooked!

Fried Egg scrambles your brain with more bruising guitars, crashing beats and euphoric harmonies as the track is brought to buyoant finale. Arguably MIMR fave track Tinder Surprise is next in the spotlight and it’s defintely one you would swipe the right way for. Telling the tale of the unwanted sexual pics on your phone, it has more electrifying hooks, jazzy tones and even more sing-a-long, frolicking lyrics capturing the bands fun loving spirit and approach to their music.

As we head towards the climax of the record Astro Terf blasts off and take you on one last ride on Apollo Grotbags soaring into the stratosphere with the turbo blasters on full pelt! Quick-fire vocals and furious riffs are heard as they embark on their fruitful and mesmerising journey.

We’re serenaded with one last hurrah with album closing ‘Biya’ as they state that there now down the pub! Grotbags have achieved what they set out to do, make music that doesnt take itself too seriously, will make you laugh, cry, puke and probably every other emotion imaginable but it will defintely be on repeat…now ‘goodbye you punks! that’s what say….right?

Listen to the album here:

Get yourself a lovely pink vinyl here:

https://www.piccadillyrecords.com/counter/product.php?pid=132335

MIMR Band Chat: Switch

Another new band to emerge on the blog in recent times are Alt rock 6 piece Switch who are ready to inject a fresh dose of rock music into your veins. MIMR spoke to the band ahead of their show with Deco Records tonight!

MIMR: Fantastic to have you on the blog, how best would you describe your sound?

Switch: Our sound is a full on and fresh twist on modern alternative rock drawing influence from rock, grunge, punk and all sorts of other sounds we try to implement into our music

MIMR: So your next show is playing for Deco Records, what can we expect from one of your shows and what venues out there would love to play as a band?

Switch: Our shows are energetic, commanding attention and lifting the roof off of any venue, we would always play the same way to three people as we would to three thousand! Any venue is a blessing for a band of our size, but we dream of playing iconic venues around Manchester, Places such as Gorilla, Deaf Institute and rebellion as well as envisioning ourselves playing venues such as Castlefield Bowl, The Ritz and even the Manchester Arena.

MIMR: Been enjoying your demos recently, have you got any new music releases planned for this year?

Switch: Yes! We have an EP in the works and are hoping to have it out for summer and are constantly working towards releasing new songs to keep it fresh. Songs such as Tattoo and Comedown will be debuted tomorrow and we can’t wait to know what you think.

MIMR: So you’ve done a few gigs now and you are headlining Manchester academy next month, what’s the best thing about performing live?

Switch: For us, the passion and support from the fans is one of the most exhilarating feelings you can get, seeing how our music affects people in the moment is special. We also love the buzz and adrenaline from being on stage. And we can’t forget the free beers 😉

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

Switch: The Beatles are a no brainier for us, seeing how music changed the world in a time of tension and to be a part of a music revolution that shaped the way the music industry has developed into what it is today . Being on tour with the band that has inspired so many generations of musicians, us included, would be simply a blessing.

MIMR: Thanks for being on the blog, how can people follow you on social media?

Switch: Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/SwitchBandOfficical (search for ‘Switch.’)

Instagram: @switch_band_official

Soundcloud: @switch_band_official

MIMR Band Chat: Sick Ducks

Ahead of their show with Deco Records tomorrow night at The Railway, Grunge, rock trio Sick Ducks spoke to us about their EP plans, gigging and what to expect at The Railway

MIMR: Great to have a new band on the blog, who are sick ducks and how best would you describe your sound?

Louis: we’re Louis (guitar/vox) calum (drums) and criostoir (bass), we just describe ourselves as a rock band but there’s a lot of 90s american alt rock influences like nirvana, rhcp etc in our tunes, and i like to think we sound energetic, loud and DIY

MIMR: What’s the latest with the band, are you going to focus on gigging or releasing music or a bit of both?

Louis: so at the moment we have one demo out but we’ve started recording an EP in our practice space. the aim is to release it in summer, with one of the songs having a video, and we also have our eye on doing a live video and obviously gigging as much as we can!

MIMR: See your on the line up for the return of Deco Records showcase at The Railway this coming friday. How does the band best prepare for a gig?

Louis: first of all we try and be as unhungover as possible – learnt that the hard way – but criostoir is quite new to the band so we’ve been practicing loads just trying to sound tight really. none of us really gets nervous about playing so its just about feeling as good as possible about ourselves and our music so we can put that across on stage, we’re big believers in the energy and feeling behind a show being what makes it memorable and fun for us and hopefully anyone watching/listening

https://m.soundcloud.com/thesickducks

MIMR: If you could play another instrument in a band which one would it be and why?

Louis: criostoir already plays drums in another band, furrowed brow, and louis spent about 10 years playing bass in various bands in school and college. calum plays just about everything really including a dope hangdrum thing that sounds like bonobo but he also comes up with cool jazzy guitar licks and has done instruments on a hip hop EP too.

MIMR: Thanks for dropping by and talking to MIMR, how can people follow you on social media?

Louis: @thesickducks on instagram, facebook and soundcloud! twitter seemed too dangerous cos it’s too easy to shitpost but it’s very much in the pipeline

MIMR Review: The Early Mornings ‘Artificial Flavour’


With a rip-rawing beginning to the new decade and sure to be one of your favourite hidden gems from the DIY Manchester music
scene, post-punk trio The Early Mornings stepped out into the limelight with their recently released debut single turning many people’s heads with their fresh, clean cut sound.



After a string of soundcloud demos, the 3 piece showcase their thrilling sound to the masses with ‘Artificial Flavours’ fast becoming an essential inclusion in anyone’s playlist. Fiery guitars are concealed with a piercing bass and a toe-pounding beat that instantly gets you hooked.


Official Video:

https://youtu.be/BLoPzxUOt1A

Having taken in their live show at their recent single launch gig at The Peer Hat, theres a lot more people that share the same love for the band as MIMR and this is just the start for a Manchester band that are going places.


Catch them at their remaining gig dates here:

https://www.facebook.com/theearlymornings/


https://open.spotify.com/track/2YwSvOUwQnW3Cqy6iCpqfr?si=lNKt2a4JRXKkVjkF1h-fMw

MIMR Gig Guide: February

Here’s the best gigs in Manchester this month, it’s a bumper month!

Gig of the Month

15th Grotbags Album Launch @ Yes


Quirky Indie-pop 5 piece Grotbags are all set for some loving when they release their self-titled debut album via Dipped In Gold recordings on Valentine’s day.

The self proclaimed ‘greatest band in the world’ will showcase their record which covers such topics as greedy babies, relationships and lude photos.

Support on the album launch night comes from South Yorkshire Mick Hucknall and Hot Shorts, it’s guna be a blast!


https://facebook.com/events/s/grotbags-album-launchvalentine/849976835420412/?ti=cl



8th

Stay Fresh Fest feat. Springfield Elementary, All Arson Girls Club, Fighting Rhythm, Mt Fuji and more… @Deaf Institute


USA Nails @ The Peer Hat
Deco Records Presents The Pagans S.O.H w/ Tinfoils, Bethlehem Casuals and Slap Rash @ Night and Day Cafe



11th

Olly Flavell @ The Castle



13th

New StreetRecords presents The Red Stains w/ Filth, Ansatz Circle and Slap Rash @ Manc Academy 3



14th

Dollie Demi @ The Castle



15th

Saults @ Bread Shed


The Jade Assembly @ Gorilla



18th

New Street Records
presents Idle Hours + guests @ Gullivers



22nd

Deco All Dayer @ The Peer Hat



Farfisa EP launch @ Big Hands Bar



28th

SPQR w/ Springfield Elementary, Tinfoils and The Vandalis



29th

Deja Vega (Sold Out) @ Deaf Institute


MIMR Band Chat: The Pagans S.O.H

With their 1st appearance on MIMR and a headline show in Manchester this weekend with our good friends Deco Records The Pagan S.O.H hailing from the midlands have a lot to shout about.

We spoke to the band ahead of the show about gigs, support bands and new years resolutions!

MIMR: Great to have you on the blog, what’s the latest with the band as we enter 2020?

Connor – We’ve just been announced as performing for the You Are Not Alone Festival on the the 28th of March. It looked sick last year and we’re proud to be able to play it, this year. Proceeds go to Manchester Mind.

Marcus – we started the year off with a bang at Rockaway Festival in Bognor. Honestly, one of the best festivals that we’ve played. The crowd were next level.

MIMR: How best would you describe your music and what influences greatly determine your sound?

Daragh – each of us have completely different tastes, which I think is reflected in the pagan sound that we make. I’m a big fan of Black Flag, Bad Brains and MF Doom. Marcus is into a bit of jazz and stuff, whereas Connor likes the heavier rock sound.

Connor – the playlists that we listen to, on the way to gigs, is all over the place.

MIMR: Great to see you headlining the latest Deco Records night at Night and Day this coming saturday, what’s the favourite thing about performing live?

Marcus – that’s why we do what we do. The live performances. Its everything to us, which is why we gig so much. It’s a addictive, the way we feed of audiences and vice versa. Best feeling in the world.

MIMR: Do you enjoy watching the other bands playing at your gigs and do you have a favourite band that you’ve played with?

Daragh – yeah, we love seeing new bands. It’s a perk of the job. We’re playing with Tinfoils at the night and day gig and I think this will be our 4th gig with them. They’re great lads and we love their sound.

Marcus – We’re also playing with deja Vega in Brum at the end of February. They’re an incredible live band. We’ve played with The Blinders a few times now and that’s always a fantastic experience.

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

Marcus – to get to sound checks on time haha! It’s hard man, we all have full time jobs, so getting to them early is a real challenge at times but we’re trying.

Connor – no resolutions, as such, but we wanna get a couple more singles out there this year.

MIMR: What’s been your favourite venue you’ve played as a band?

Daragh – the Ritz in Manchester is definitely up there. Amazing venue. We played it for socialist Sunday in December.

Connor – We played the O2 Institute in Brum, supporting The Twang. That’s a sick venue. The crowd were insane.

MIMR: Thanks for chatting to MIMR, how can people follow you on social media?

Marcus – all the usual places

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/thepagansband/

Instagram:

Thepaganssoh

Twitter:

@the_pagans

Tickets here

https://facebook.com/events/s/the-pagans-soh-with-tinfoils-b/2492671270811337/?ti=cl

MIMR Review: Giant Boys ‘Don’t Laugh at My Astro Turf Diane’

Wounded but ready to take on any shit that comes their way Garage Punk duo Giant Boys unleash a pounding, broody tirade on the state of Britain with their 1st single of 2020 ‘Don’t Laugh at My Astro Turf Diane’ released 31st Jan which has been described as a ‘An unholy hybrid of John Cooper Clark and The Fall’

A collaboration with local poet Oliver James Lomax, the track tells the humorous story of a lady who had astro turf coveted in the back garden but also takes on the very serious and scary reality of britain today and anyone that thinks a tory government will improve living standards and prosperity.

The track stamps on authority and takes no prisoners, haunting riffs and dark, gloomy backing track mixed with bellowing vocals that take on revolutionary undertones, a poetic anthem for sure!

Here’s the track

MIMR Review: Pondarosa ‘Bright Lights’

Out today, Manchester indie 5 piece Pondarosa burst into new decade with this anthemic track which is full of sparks and strikes a hefty punch in the process.

‘Bright Lights’ is overflowing with suplime, jangly hooks, crashing beats and a dazzling chorus which is delivered in a emphatic way.

Add cutting vocals and a furious finale and you already have a early contender for MIMR track of the year!

Pondarosa are all set to capture many more followers in the coming months and their newest track has raised the bar big time, see the light!

They play Night People tomorrow (1st Feb)

https://facebook.com/events/s/this-feeling-manchester-w-the-/2445496369042820/?ti=cl

MIMR Review: Yuka Tree ‘Preacher’

Emerging as one of the brightest new bands around a vibrant Manchester music scene at start of 2020, fiery 5 piece Yuka Tree unleash a frenzied punkish attack which is relentless with their blistering new single ‘Preacher’ via 42s Records

Photo Credit: James Belchamber

Released 24th Jan, the track’s stormy undertones are pinned down by crunching guitars, bellowing vocals and some heart-stopping beats, a thrill a second crusade!

Having recently sold out the Eagle Inn, Salford to a rapturous reception, the band are ready to set their sights even higher and a headline show at Gullivers in May could be one of them special nights.

Yuka Tree were marked down as one of our Sounds of 2020 acts to keep an eye on, tracks like this only enhance their position in this list, Hallelujah!

MIMR Band Chat: Roxy Girls

We thoroughly enjoyed Roxy Girls recent show in Manchester at The Early Mornings single launch, which was a memorable night. They rip-rawed through a set which largely included tracks from last year’s mini album titled ‘A Poverty of Attention’ which we highly recommend.We caught up with the band to talk about their plans for this year, influences and playing live.MIMR: Great to have a new band on the blog, how best would you describe your sound and what are your main influences?RG: Its hard to put into words because its not a thing we really think about when writing, but punk is the main influence. We try not to put ourselves into any particular bracket in a concious way, just take what comes out naturally because thats what seems to work for us. In terms of bands being an influence, XTC, James Chance, Fire Engines, Captain Beefheart, The Yummy Fur, Parquet Courts, DUDS etc etcMIMR: We’ve been enjoying listening to your mini-album recently, how was this produced and are you happy with the reception it has received?RG: Cheers man, we spent a couple of days with Dave Brewis from Field Music at his studio in Sunderland, it was pretty straight forward all live with a few overdubs here and there. Aye we’re dead happy with how its done cause its allowed us to play more shows and class to release it through Moshi Moshi. It was good to get the record out because once youve released something you immediately want to do it again so it was a good driving force for our 3rd EP which we recorded at Green Door at the start of December.MIMR: You guys look all set for a busy 2020, do you have a plan of what you want to achieve as a band or are you going with the flow?RG: We’re all shite at organising stuff so we take everything as it comes, the more the better. Our aim for this year is to release the 3rd EP and record an album to release by the end of the year. Other than that the plan is just to play as much as possible, we’re going on tour with Mush in April which will be class.MIMR: You’ve got some eye-catching gig dates coming up including one in Manchester this month, what’s your favourite part about playing live?MIMR: Aye we played with The Early Mornings for their single launch who we supported The Raincoats last year, so was class going down to Manchester to play with them. Favourite part is playing together because we never really get the chance to practice so gigs feel fresh and its always good crack. We think of ourselves as a live band so the energy we put in is a big part of our playing.MIMR: If you could of been part of any era of music at any time, which one would it of been and why?RG: Late 70s/early 80s, as you could probably tell from most of our influences. There was some really cool shit going on and just seemed like a really exciting time to be creating music. There were so many bands that came from the punk scene and they all had their own individual take on it which is why we love post-punk.MIMR: Great to have you on the blog and look forward to what the year has in store for you guys, how can people follow you on social media and listen to some tunes?RG: Cheers for having wu on!Facebook: Roxy GirlsInstagram/Twitter: rrroxygirlsSpotify: Roxy GirlsTheres also some live videos on youtube if you look us up on there.Here’s Roxy Girls album from last year:https://open.spotify.com/album/4zGhH2Paus8kD9Rq2eQNuE?si=R5pWhqskSYeCn4Z6w6RE9A

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