MIMR Band Chat presents: The Mantells

The Mantells are a Manchester band who MIMR have followed for a while now. The catchy hooks and tight vocals of their ‘How To Say It’ EP was played so many times here at MIMR and with a new single out too, it’s very exciting times for this classic indie band

I got the chance to speak to the band as they gear up for their xmas show, they also share with us their influences, memorable gigs and their new single too

MIMR: Hey guys, tell us about the origins of The Mantells?

The Mantells: The band came together around a year ago, I have known Tom for a whilst, we played in a band together until it split, then we decided to make a fresh start, filling out toms acoustic songs with drums and bass.

MIMR: What influences do you have on your music and are their any bands around currently that you aspire too?

The Mantells: I think we all listen to different music, but as a band are going in a similar direction, Tom has an idea how he wants Lewis’ drums to sound, Lewis likes dissecting Toms lyrics, and although I’m on bass I seem to end up taking chord structures apart, but between us we manage to muddle through. At the moment we all seem to like catfish and the bottlemen, they are doing really well for themselves, it’s just a really good, raw sound.

MIMR: If you guys could pick any song you could of taken credit for which one would it be?

The Mantells: That’s a tough one, I think taking a John Cooper Clarke poem and turning into a love song takes some balls, points to the arctic monkeys on that, I wanna be yours, really works


MIMR: Take us through the story behind new single ‘Men in Suits’ and how do your lyrics come about for your songs?

The Mantells: People seem to take different meaning from the song, we have been asked if the song is having a pop at the people in the music industry, although I didn’t write the song, I think its more questioning what the 9 til 5 is about, and like the well known philosopher Christopher George Latore Wallace once said, Mo money, Mo problems

MIMR: Which gig have you played that have been the most memorable?

The Mantells: They are all memorable for different reasons, our first gig out of Manchester was an experience, our EP launch at the castle on Oldham street was ram packed, it made for a brilliant night, this year we have ticked off a lot of venues that we wanted to play, we have one big gig lined up for the new year, the Manchester academy on 14th March, supporting glass caves, so hopefully things are only gonna get bigger and better!


MIMR: Is it true to say that social media plays a big part in the success of any band?

The Mantells: yes, we have a facebook, twitter, instagram, youtube, soundcloud, reverb nation, wordpress etc, I think the arctic monkeys were lucky there was only myspace around!
Its brilliant that we can get our music out and heard by people all over the world.

MIMR: Can you tell MIMR about this single launch night you’ve got planned before xmas?

The Mantells: Yeh, we are having a big Christmas blow out, to celebrate releasing our first single, to get everyone together and have a good old boogie. The night is the Saturday 20/12/14 at the ‘Uglyman office Christmas party’ at the Night and Day Cafe on Oldham street Manchester. Get yourself down the Christmas markets, couple of mulled wines early doors and come over for a dance!

Thanks to The Mantells for talking to MIMR, I hope to be at their xmas gig but certainly will be following them again here on MIMR, we constantly push the Manchester music scene, it’s looking pretty good at the moment, check out The Mantells, here are the links you need to know:

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/TheMantells?refsrc=https://www.facebook.com/TheMantells

Soundcloud: https://m.soundcloud.com/themantells

The Mantells blog: http://themantells.wordpress.com

Buy their new single ‘Men in Suits’ here: Men in Suits – Single by The Mantells

MIMR Band Chat presents: Two Cheers

Two Cheers are a great example of infectious pop rock, vocals to give you goose pimples and emotionally charged songs to make you smile. Hailing from Los Angeles (yes MIMR is going international now hehe) they released they’re debut record in the summer of this year and it made the top 20 of MIMR top 50 albums so you know it’s worth having a listen

I got the chance to speak to singer Bryan about the band’s work on the 2nd album, their influences and a very family Christmas

MIMR: What’s your favourite part about being in Two Cheers?

Bryan: I had been trying to make music and write songs by myself for a long time in between my college band (The Broad Daylights) and Two Cheers, and it was a really lonely time. I wasn’t writing good songs, I wasn’t singing well, nobody really cared, and I had no confidence. Then, around the time I met Mitchell and we started talking about music we liked and about starting a band, something started to click for me and the whole thing started to work again. I started to come up with better music and better lyrics, but I also started to have more fun and feel more confident. So, that is extremely important because music is my whole life — if I can’t have fun and feel good doing it I am really lost. It was a similar situation for Mitchell; he had a band in college that broke up and then he moved out here to LA from Florida and it took him a long time to be in a place to start making music again, he had kind of lost touch with it, and when we started making music he started to remember how important it was to him. He told me music is one of the pillars of his life now and that is how I feel too. So, Two Cheers is very important to us. I hope it lasts forever. That’s what the song ‘Keep On Calling’ is all about!

MIMR: Your record is top notch! What influences did you have whilst making it and did it come together the way you planned?

Bryan: For the first album I was working mostly on my own, because Mitchell and I had only just started playing together, and we hadn’t quite gotten our chops up together yet. I think my main influences are a combination of really big time artists like The Beach Boys, David Bowie, Van Morrison, The Cure, Bjork, and Prince especially, and lots of less well-known artists like The Sundays, Mark Geary, Microphones, Nick Drake, Number Girl (from Japan), and Thursday. Mitchell’s influences are bands like Wolf Parade, Haim, Angel Olsen, Blood Orange, Real Estate, Bon Iver, St Lucia, War On Drugs… Lots of new stuff that I like but haven’t fully caught up with yet.

Actually, the album didn’t really come together as planned… On one level I am happy with it, like sonically and aesthetically it really works. My friend John O’Reilly Jr’s interpretations of my drum machine beats are really ingenious and really brought the songs to life. Also, it was the first time I was able to record an album that my friends and family really liked, and it was a breakthrough in that way for me. On the other hand, I wish I had been able to spend more time on the songs — working out the kinks, rewriting some of the lyrics, getting better takes of the vocals, incorporating more improvisation… I was working full time at a cosmetics lab during the recording of these songs, but I was also putting pressure on myself to get it done, so I squeezed it all into nights and weekends. For instance, I ended up doing most of the vocals in one weekend. I learned so much though; technical things about engineering, mixing, and how my voice works, but also emotional things about what making music means to me. Doing it and having people accept it and respond well to it changed my life and gave me more confidence. I am typically really hard on myself and I need to hear from people to get perspective. Still, part of me wants to go back and redo a few of the songs from the first album knowing what I know now… just for my own satisfaction… That could still happen, but for now we are moving on.

MIMR: MIMR is dying to know if they’re are any plans to play any shows in the U.K in the near future?

Bryan: Not the near future, unfortunately. But someday we will… Maybe in a year or two when we’ve got our operation totally up and running here in the States! We are still a little green. Mitchell and I joined up around late Winter 2014 and we didn’t get the rest of the band together until August 2014 or so. In 2015 I hope we can tour the States, and then maybe next year a small UK tour will be in order. I love a lot of the music coming out of there now and I think we’d fit right in. Plus, I am a Scotch drinker so I want to visit some distilleries!

MIMR: what’s the reception been of your album whilst on the road since its release?

Bryan: We haven’t quite even gotten on the road. We finished the first album in June 2014, but while it was being mixed, Mitchell and I started writing and recording a bunch of new songs. The new material is really, really exciting for us and really lends itself to live performance. So, we’ve kind of made a decision to finish this next album too and make it part of the band before embarking on a tour. I think the new music is a lot closer to what we want our band to be about musically and spiritually, but it still captures a lot of the elements that made the first album good. Anyway, the response so far to the album, the live shows, and the new material has been really encouraging. I think we are getting better every week.


MIMR: Are their any funny gig stories you can share with MIMR?

Bryan: Nothing particularly hilarious yet… At the last show someone in the audience started hooting during a guitar solo I was trying to do. It was so loud that I thought I was hitting wrong notes so I ended up played something very different than I usually play… And then I realized it was one of our friends in the front row hooting and I cracked up a bit.

MIMR: What will 2015 bring for Two Cheers?

Bryan: We will probably be wrapping up the mixing and mastering of our second album, playing lots of shows around Los Angeles and up and down the West Coast, and writing even more songs! We have amassed a huge catalog of song ideas, and since I’ve essentially built a small recording studio in my house we have the freedom to record whenever we want and for free, so I see us putting out a lot of music and really expanding on our sound. I am hoping we can tour in the Summer but it takes time for a band to get to the point a tour makes sense.


MIMR: Thanks for talking to MIMR, what are your plans for xmas?

Bryan: Well, I will be recording vocals for the next album! Actually we are racing to come up with a Christmas song before the big day! Meanwhile, it will be my parents’ last Christmas in California before they move back to the Midwest and my sister is back after several years living in Japan, so we are going to have something of a family reunion. As for Mitchell, it’s his first Christmas as a married man!

MIMR would like to thank Bryan for giving us his time during a very busy period for Two Cheers, if u haven’t yet checked them out, do it before they make it big. MIMR can’t wait till their next record

Check this track recently made available on soundcloud

And here’s their main web page:

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MIMR Albums of the Year 2014: 10-1

Here it is then, the wait is over, here’s MIMR’s Top ten albums of this year:

10. Mazes ‘Wooden Aquarium’

Release date: 5th September


9. Horsebeach ‘Horsebeach’

Release date: 28th July


8. Superfood ‘Don’t Say That’

Release date: 3rd November


7. Happyness ‘Weird Little Birthday’

Release date: 16th June


6. Royal Blood ‘Royal Blood’

Release date: 22nd August


5. Parquet Courts ‘Sunbathing Animal’

Release date: 2nd August


4. Real Estate ‘Atlas’

Release date: 3rd March


3. Avi Buffalo ‘At Best Cuckold’

Release date: 9th September


2. Damon Albarn ‘Everyday Robots’

Release date: 25th April


1. Mac Demarco ‘Salad Days’

Release date: 1st April


So there you go Mac Demarco excellent ‘Salad Days’ is top of the list for this year….according to MIMR anyway. Make sure to check out my playlist to accompany my top 50 albums on my YouTube channel coming very soon, till next year!

MIMR Albums of the Year 2014: 20-11

20. Twin Peaks ‘Wild Onion’

Release date: 20th October


19. Interpol ‘El Pintor’

Release date: 5th September


18. Two Cheers ‘Two Cheers’

Release date: 24th June


17. Angel Olsen ‘Burn Your Fire For No Witness

Release date: 18th February


16. Gruff Rhys ‘American Interior’

Release date: 2nd May


15. The Wytches ‘Annabel Dream Reader’

Release date: 22nd August


14. Temples ‘Sun Structures’

Release date: 10th February


13. Honeyblood ‘Honeyblood’

Release date: 11th July


12. Johnny Marr ‘Playland’

Release date: 3rd October


11. Hookworms ‘The Hum’

Release date: 10th November


MIMR Albums of the Year 2014: 30-21

30. Cloud Nothings ‘ Here and Nowhere Else’

Release date: 28th March


29. Alvvays ‘Alvvays’

Release date: 18th July


28. Teleman ‘Breakfast’

Release date: 16th May


27. The Growlers ‘Chinese Fountain’

Release date: 29th September


26. Death From Above 1979 ‘The Physical World’

Release date: 5th September


25. Childhood ‘Lacuna’

Release date: 8th August


24. Trojan Horse ‘World Turned Upside Down’

Release date: 13th October


23. We Were Promised Jetpacks ‘Unravelling’

Release date: 3rd October


22. Bombay Bicycle Club ‘So long See You Tomorrow’

Release date: 31st January


21. Eagulls ‘Eagulls’

Release date: 3rd March