MIMR Gig Gallery: Pale Waves/Blooms

Great night was had at Kraak last night where MIMR finally got to see 2 fave bands and both from Manchester. Blooms and Pale Waves were both great on the night and expect to see more from them on the blog in the future

Here are some highlights from both their sets

Pale Waves

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Blooms

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MIMR Album Review: Two Cheers ‘Splendor’

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L.A Indie Popsters Two Cheers have already become mainstays on MIMR on the back of the excellent self-titled debut album from last year, which featured in the top 20 of MIMR best of year list. Its now with great pleasure and joy that they have here their follow up, the delight that is ‘Splendor’ which was released last week (21st July) and its a sure thing that this effort will only increase their following for sure.

The opening track ‘Desert Song’ starts off as a sombre affair with gliding riffs and delightful beats, Bryan’s vocal then takes over, soft at first before gradually hitting its glorious peak in the ever catchy chorus, the perfect start to the record. The title track ‘Splendor’ has some of the most infectious guitar hooks and another joyous chorus to make you sway and raise your hands, a summer anthem without doubt.
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The Explode Boys’ is the next track to make its impact and its true to say that its a significantly positive one. Crashing symbols and more cutting riffs announce the song perfectly, it hovers along with ease and it apitimises the summery, good feeling that the whole record makes you experience. 80s style beats make their mark on ‘Heart Trip’ from the beginning with more beautiful vocals and a crusendo of guitar hooks and plenty of good vibes. ‘Brinka‘ is the next under the spotlight and its Two Cheers softer side which is revisted, quickfire riffs and the perfect sing-a-long chorus which you wont get out of your head but you wud’nt want to either.
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Maybe MIMR favourite track of the album (its a toughy though) is the suplime ‘Anchor‘. Its from start to finish just a very good pop song with fantastic combinations of infectious vocals and memorable feel good vibes that will make you toe-tapping and head nodding till you drop. ‘Let Me Remember‘ glistenes in the sun so bright and further proof of the fantastic range of vocals on display paired with easy-listening feel that Two Cheers Possess
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Life Is Full Underground‘ is brillantly beautiful in every way, perfectly build up to by delicate vocals and meaningful lyrics, full of emotion and executed to a tee. The penultimate track ‘Super Owls‘ was a track that MIMR featured on a recent MIMR Playlist and its certainly a stand out track of the record. A more uptempo feel is on show here with joyous vocals and spectacular grooves throughout.

So we come to the end of the ‘Splendor’ journey with the glorious finale ‘Strawberry‘ full of gracious basslines and more of them trademark Two Cheers perfectly crafted indie-pop riffs. Its the perfect end to a record that goes above and beyond their debut and will certainly make more people stand up and take notice. Its a album that is the soundtrack to your summer, let Two Cheers make it a perfect one

Listen to the album here:

https://m.soundcloud.com/two-cheers

MIMR Band Chat: Mechanical Owl

This time on MIMR Band Chat are one of my favourite new bands, the excellent Mechanical Owl. They released the superb ‘Winter Songs’ record earlier this year (a album i’m listening to whilst i’m doing this write-up) and was lucky to catch them at a recent gig at Gullivers, Manchester. It was their performance at Focus Wales Festival, Wrexham where they first caught my radar and it turned out to be one of the best sets of the festival

I was fortunate enough to have a chat with the band, where they shared with us the positivity of Winter Songs, their favourite records of this year and their love for gigs and cycling

MIMR: Thanks guys for talking to us at MIMR, how did the band as it is now come about and was their clear direction where the music would lead?

 
MIKE: The band as it is now emerged at the start of the year (2015). The album Winter Songs was recorded the year before following a few years not doing anything with Mechanical Owl at all and realising there wasnt much to show for the years that had previously gone into it. So the band was initially put together to play those songs live for an album launch and a few shows, but its really grown into its own thing now. Weve started to develop our own style as four musicians, rather than it being a kind of live band for a solo recording project.

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MIMR: ‘Winter Songs’ is a superb record, are you pleased with the reception it has received?

MIKE: Thank you, its always very nice to hear that. People who’ve heard the album do seem to like it. It can just be tricky getting people to hear it, the internet is saturated with music and video and other (shudder) content, but Im honestly not too fussed about that. Hopefully itll get listened to more as we continue to play more shows. We didnt have a big flashy release, It was quietly recorded, mastered and then we had a small party with some friends and played through all the songs as best we could to celebrate. But, just as long as it was finished and out there, it didnt really matter if it died on its arse. At least in 30 years there wont be any regret for never finishing an album, given the years writing and playing songs. So any reception, good or bad is a bonus and Im really happy with how it turned out.

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MIMR: You’ve been very busy with gigs of late and got a few festivals this year too, whats the best thing about being on the road as a band?

MIKE: I wouldn’t say weve been on the road as such, most gigs we end up tucked up in bed in our respective houses at the end of the night. I dont really like the rock and roll lifestyle thing anyway, being unwashed, perpetually hungover and late for everything, having to look cool all the time, to me thats boring. Its just great to be out spending time with friends and watching live music in cool little places. We played a show in Liverpool on the weekend with Bandito Rey for their single launch, it was in an old Nordic Church with a big domed roof. Before the show I went to look around the Tate gallery. Then I met up with the band and we walked to get some chilli and beer in a bar. We played our set and people applauded, then we watched Bandito Rey rock their way through their songs and we all had a chat and drink afterwards. I was back home before midnight having a cup of tea, watching some old episodes of Red Dwarf. Its not so bad really.

MIMR: What music has the band been listening to this year, any stand out records?

 
MIKE: I’ve been listening to the new Antlers record nearly every night in bed, Avvays Avvays in the car and Nils Frahm on the record player in the morning. The new Mikal Cronin album is also great. Ive started getting back into Ultravox, Human League and Joy Division recently. Theres lots of other things, but I cant quite remember what they are now, I feel a bit like Im HMV staring blankly into space.

 
ANDY: I work from home and have a turntable set up next to my desk, so I’m lucky that I canlisten to whatever I want all day. Theres a lot of great psych about these days, and Ive been loving some of the poppier stuff lately. Jane Weavers Silver Globe and The Holydrug Couples Moonlust have been on heavy rotation. Im a bit late in the day getting onto Marker Starling (Mantler), but his new album Rosy Maze is gorgeous. And for my punk fix, Sauna Youths Distractions ticks all the boxes!

 
THESTON: I’ve been listening to the new Triptides, Pinkshinyultrablast and Death & Vanilla albums, of late. Ive also been revisiting This is Another Life by Case Studies and Love by Amen Dunes, along with the Bunnymens Ocean Rain and Heaven up Here.

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MEI: I couldn’t name a specific group or artist. Anything I find interesting.

 
MIMR: Saw you at Focus Wales a few months back, one of the best bands of the festival did you enjoy the festival and how important is it that a town like wrexham has a event like this

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MIKE: Thank you, we really enjoyed that one, it was probably the first gig where it felt like things started to gel and make sense for us playing live. I don’t think its possible to overstate the importance of events like Focus Wales in towns in Wrexham. It has turned into a real international event now, and its beautiful to see. When its on, it kind of feels like it shouldnt be happening in Wrexham. Its just a small town after all with some shops, a small University, a few pubs and a cinema. But there is this group of people willing to put a huge amount of time and effort in order to make it a more special place for a few days a year and leave people feeling inspired and energised about where they live for the rest of it. Musicians dont need a lot really, we basically just need a room with an electricity socket in it. It doesnt even need to be a big room, or a particularly safe socket. There are plenty of those in Wrexham, and every other town in the UK. The guys that put on Focus want their town to be a nicer place to live, for local music to thrive, to attract music from around the world, put Wrexham and Wales on the map and for people to have a good time. It also helps massively that there is a foundation of musicians and promoters, art spaces and artists in Wrexham, everyone feeds of each other’s work and energy, and Focus is a brilliant, well, focal point for that.

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MIMR: What does everyone like doing in spare time when not playing in the band?

MIKE: I do a bit of painting, our instagram account is full of that at the moment. I’ve started cycling, but in jumpers and trousers, not into the lycra, head cam stage yet. Most of the time Im trying to come up with decent new songs, recording demos and ideas. Also do some electronic music and play in a two piece electronic band with Maff Stenning called Half Avian.

ANDY: Gigs, lots of gigs. There’s always music to go and hear live, and Im lucky that there are some great promoters (ROPE, House Of Lux etc) on my doorstep putting on great bands.

When I’m not at gigs… Im DJing at gigs. Its a great excuse to justify my addiction to buying vinyl. Other than music, I can usually be found throwing myself down the mountains of North Wales on my bike.

THESTON: I try to get to gigs as often as I can. Cycling is my non-musical passion. I’m in the middle of moving house, at the moment, so spare time is at a bit of a premium.

MEI: Walking.

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MIMR: Thanks for sparing your time and chatting to MIMR, see you back in Manchester very soon, whats been your favourite venue you’ve played?

MIKE: We’ve only played in Manchester once as the current band, so by default that makes my favourite venue Gullivers. Were playing in A Carefully Planned festival later in the year though, so might be another contender by then. My favourite venue at the moment in general is UnDegUn in Wrexham, its an art and music space run by a local community of artists and musicians, it’s really something special.

Get your Mechanical Owl fix here, including the excellent ‘Winter Songs’:

http://www.mechanicalowl.co.uk/

The guys will also be playing ACP Festival, Manchester in October, ones to watch for sure, watch out for more from Mechanical Owl coming soon to the blog

MIMR Gig Gallery: False Advertising/Tribal Fighters

A few pics here from last nights gig at the Kraak Gallery featuring MIMR newcomers Tribal Fighters who were pretty sweet and the superb grunge-rock Trio, MIMR favourites False Advertising

Tribal Fighters

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False Advertising

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I will have a big announcement featuring the guys from False Advertising coming very soon on the blog, their debut album is around the corner and its one record that is sure to be up there on MIMR end of year best of list, stay tuned!

MIMR Gig Gallery: Mechanical Owl

MIMR was at Gullivers last night where North Wales took over manchester for a few hours at least and what a great night was had. The highlight of the night was the superb set by the majestic Mechanical owl, who are a delight to watch and enjoyed every minute. This year has been pretty big for the quartet as they released their excellent debut album ‘Winter Songs’ back in February and have a whole host of gigs including the upcoming A Carefully Planned Festival in Manchester, which MIMR will be attending

Here are some of the best pics from their set

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Look out for the band featuring on MIMR Band Chat in the very near future

Here’s a link to get yourself their superb album ‘Winter Songs’:

http://store.mechanicalowl.co.uk/album/winter-songs

MIMR Gig Gallery: Best Friends

Sheffield’s Best Friends played a storming set last night at Gullivers, Manchester infront of pretty wild audience. This was the opening night of a UK tour to conincide with the recent release of debut album ‘Hot, Reckless, total Insane’ and like the title suggests the gig lived up to that description

Here are the best pics from their blistering set

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MIMR Gig Gallery: The Orielles

Just enjoyed a fantastic set by Surf-pop group The Orielles at Alberts Chop House part of the GM Fringe festival. MIMR are big fans and they certainly showcased their talents with a blistering performance. News of upcoming EP will be something to look forward to, expect to hear a lot more from this trio on the blog in the future

Here are some pics from their set

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Watch out for a video from todays set to appear on MIMR YouTube very soon