With a great influx of Manchester bands making a big impression on MIMR in recent months, it’s very hard to keep up with the outstanding music that is being produced in this very city at the moment. Many of these bands have already been featured with many more to follow on the blog very soon.
Today’s MIMR Band Chat introduces you to Manchester Indie-Rock hotshots ‘Claw The Thin Ice‘ and MIMR was lucky to get a few words with Ian (vocals/guitar) from the band. The interview includes the makings of their new album ‘Exercise’ as well as the love for Vinyls and the band Keane
MIMR: Welcome to MIMR, firstly I’d like to ask who are Claw The Thin Ice and was it apparent early on what musical direction you would take?
MIMR: Tell MIMR about the album, what were the stages of production and were they’re any problems that occurred in its creation?
MIMR: Now the album is called ‘Exercise’ do any of the band have fitness regimes of any kind?
Ian: Haha! You know what? I think all of us tried to get into good regimes to try and improve our healthiness, but in all honesty I think we’ve all just given up. Gyms terrify me, the thought of people seeing me run or exercise in public breaks me out in a cold sweat and I get too distracted at home by my cat, so most of my time at home is spent to talking to a creature that doesn’t understand me.
MIMR: What’s your favourite place to gig or to go to see another band?
Ian: I used to totally love house shows, so I would always go for a good house show or a party. Even if the sound sucks but the vibe is good, that’s my fave. Venue-wise, I adore the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds and JT Soar in Nottingham. Both absolutely wonderful places run by excellent people. At home in Manchester, we’re big fans of Fuel, which is a vegetarian cafe in Withington. It has amazing food and a great venue space upstairs. It’s been a local hangout for the best part of a decade, it’s absolutely fantastic.
MIMR: MIMR is a big lover of vinyl records and its huge resurgence in recent years. What music format do you prefer?
Ian: Oh vinyl always. I personally tend to stick to vinyl and downloads. I have no problem with downloading, I have the policy of if you really like something then you buy it, but to just buy multiple records off the bat without hearing it first can be terribly costly in the long run. I used to buy tonnes of stuff on cd when I was younger, either through recommendations or just curiosity, and sometimes coming away liking maybe one or two songs on an album and not digging the rest. So I love downloading stuff, fully understanding an album, then getting the LP if I can. There are always exceptions to the rule though. Me and my housemate are terrible vinyl hoarders – it takes up a lot of space in our place!
MIMR: When and where can we see you play in the near future?
Ian: We don’t gig like crazy and touring is difficult because of our jobs and family life, but we have some stuff coming up to promote the record. Our album launch is on March 27 at The Star & Garter in Manchester at a club night called Party Hard and then we play London on Record Store Day (April 18th) as part of an all-dayer that our label Barely Regal are hosting at Birthdays in Dalston. We’re playing with our label mates Cousin, a fantastic instrumental band from Brighton, and a host of others. Oh and it’s a free show! Cousin are just next level brilliance.
MIMR: Thanks CTTI for giving up your time to chat to us. Do any of your have any guilty pleasures of any kind you can tell MIMR?