MIMR Gig Gallery: Horsebeach

Last thursday (17th December) MIMR witnessed the excellent Horsebeach, a band that has been a big favourite on the blog in 2015. They’re sublime 2nd record was released this year and reached No.2 in MIMR’s best of list last week.

The Manchester indie-pop quartet showcased the many highlights of this record at this headline show at Band On The Wall, here are some of the best bits from their brilliant set

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MIMR Band Chat: ClayToRide

The last Band Chat of the year introduces you to Italian Alt-Rock band ClayToRide. Their album ‘Glass Vessels’ featured in the MIMR best albums of 2015 list and this honour is well deserved

I spoke to the threesome about their year and what to expect in 2016

MIMR: Welcome to MIMR, to anyone who havent heard you before, whats your sound and what influences your music?

CTR: The entire soul of the album hails from the fragility of our days, to the changeableness of the human life and conditions, to “the times they are a changing”, as Dylan said. It’s a mixture of rage taken from the hardcore sound, poetry from the classics, warm sounds from the blues and cooler sounds just coming from our experience.

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MIMR: Its been a busy year for you guys, tell us about the album, how did it come about and what has been the reaction to the record. MIMR is very impressed by the album btw.

CTR: We always love to tell how we work on our stuff. After the first listen in the studio, we always have the “first trial” into Matteo’s car, just for listen how the album sounds in a normal stereo. We remember that, after have listened to the album for the first time, we stared at each other for a while and then we said: “Wow! Ok, we got it!”. It always seems that is the sound that catches us, and not the contrary. By the way, the first effect caused by the album was a general kind of flashback that reminded us all the situation lived together while we were writing our songs down. Sometimes it was funny, sometimes was less, sometimes both of these feelings of happiness and melancholy, especially for the song “Turn out the light” which is dedicated to a friend of us who passed away.

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MIMR: What kind of music have the band been listening to this year?

CTR: All three of us have different musical tastes but bands such as Refused, Kings of Leon, The Dead Weather, Smashing Pumpkins, Placebo and The Doors still have a place on our hearts, not only because we love them, but also they have radically influenced our sound.

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MIMR: What does the future hold for the band?

CTR: We hope to get a serious label as soon as possible. We hope to still have the same collaborators, partners, friends and mates that keep close by our side. We have a lot of ideas to realize and we are hungry to do, hungry to play and we are made of them and we cannot do anything without their help.

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MIMR: Thanks again for chatting to us, do you have any new years resolutions?

CTR: 2016 will be the year of our first time out from the Italian borders. We will have a tour of 10 gigs through Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland. Of course, we won’t stop touring in Italy! We have also another EP at work, ready to come out for the new year and a lot of will to play wherever as much as possible.

You can keep up to date with ClayToRide here:

https://m.facebook.com/ClayToRide/

Listen to the album ‘Glass Vessels’ here:

https://claytoride.bandcamp.com/

MIMR Sounds Of 2016

With this year being another great year for music, we can now look forward to 2016 and what it will offer us. MIMR has selected 10 acts that we think are destined for big things next year and MIMR will follow them every step of the way. Here are the 10 acts

1. The Jade Assembly

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2. Peaness

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3. Mammoth weed wizard bastard

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4. TVAM

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5. Get Inuit

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6. The Hyena Kill

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7. Sweet deals for Surgery

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8. Liines

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9. Chris Tavener

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10. Ivan Ooze

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Expect to see more from these acts in 2016 on the blog, stay tuned.

MIMR best albums of 2015: 20-1

20. Nai Harvest ‘Hairball’

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19. East India Youth ‘Culture Of Volume’

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18. Tame Impala ‘Currents’

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17. Chastity Belt ‘Time To Go Home’

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16. Slaves ‘Are You Satisfied’

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15. Hooton Tennis Club ‘Highest Point In Cliff Town’

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14. Two Cheers ‘Splendor’

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13. Gengahr ‘A Dream Outside’

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12. Love Buzzard ‘Anti-fistamines’

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11. Everything Everything ‘Get To Heaven’

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10. The Spook School ‘Try To Be Hopeful’

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9. Drenge ‘Undertow’

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8. Blur ‘The Magic Whip’

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7. Courtney Barnett ‘Sometime I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit’

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6. Pins ‘Wild Nights’

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5. Mechanical Owl ‘Winter Songs’

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4. False Advertising ‘False Advertising’

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3. Kagoule ‘Urth’

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2. Horsebeach ‘II’

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1. Django Django ‘Born Under Saturn’

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MIMR best albums of 2015: 40-21

40. Gorgeous Bully ‘Dumb Ideals’

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39. Shinies ‘Nothing Like Something Happens Anywhere’

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38. Johnny Marr ‘Live, Adrenalin Baby’

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37. Florence + The Machine ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’

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36. Fuzz ‘II’

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35. Creepoid ‘Cemetry Highrise Slum’

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34. The Libertines ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’

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33. Demob Happy ‘Dream Soda’

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32. Sauna Youth ‘Distractions’

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31. Bones Shake ‘Kicks’

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30. Mowbird ‘One-offs’

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29. Best Friends ‘Hot. Reckless. Totally Insane’

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28. The Districts ‘A Flourish And A Spoil’

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27. The Big Gone ‘And How She Gave Me Life’

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26. Dutch Uncles ‘O Shudder’

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25. Crushed Beaks ‘Scatter’

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24. Claw The Thin Ice ‘Nocturnals’

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23. Joanna Gruesome ‘Peanut Butter’

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22. Mac Demarco ‘Another One’

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21. Bully ‘Feels Like’

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MIMR best albums of 2015: 60-41

60. Colleen Green ‘I Want To Grow Up’
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59. Protomartyr ‘Why Does It Shake’
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58. Dinosaur Pile-Up ’11 11′
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57. Father John Misty ‘I Love You Honey Bear’
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56. Foals ‘What Went Down’
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55. Noel Gallagher and High Flying Birds ‘Chasing Yesterday’
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54. Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard ‘Noeth ac Anoeth’
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53. The Maccabees ‘Marks To Prove It’
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52. FFS ‘FFS’
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51. Meatwave ‘Delusion Moon’
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50. Sleaford Mods‘Key Markets’
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49. Evans The Death ‘Expect Delays’
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48. The Vaccines ‘English Graffiti’
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47. Viet Cong ‘Viet Cong’
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46. The Charlatans ‘Modern Nature’
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45. Menace Beach ‘Ratworld’
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44. Static In Verona ‘Odd Anthem’
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43. All We Are ‘All We Are’
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42. The Wobbly Hearts ‘Damned Sucker’s Luck’
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41. Sufjan Stevens ‘Carrie & Lowell
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