MIMR Daily Tunes No.51: Fears Chella ‘Girlfriend’

Storming onto the blog with their latest track ‘Girlfriend’ are Indie/pop act Fears Chella and they make a very welcome first appearance on MIMR.

The Manchester/Stoke based quartet have streadily been making strides in the right direction after releasing debut single ‘Cool’ last year to pretty high acclaim with many plays gained over various high profile platforms.
The new track symbolizes everything to love about guitar pop, catchy lyrics, a bouncy chorus and delightful harmonies. A rockier sound lerks within though, the song comes to a close with a hightened energy and a care-free attitude to boot.

They head out on tour very soon including a Manchester show with our good friends Flat Plastic at Gullivers in April, make sure you make it down.

Here’s the track:

MIMR Gig Gallery: Sweet Deals on Surgery ‘The Snake and The Snoozer album launch feat. The Empty Page, Petcrow and Peaks

We finally got to see Sweet Deals On Surgery back in Manchester with their much anticipated album launch @Fred’s Ale House last thursday (16th Feb) and what a night it turned out to be. 

Celebrating the thrilling ‘The Snake and The Snoozer’ record released a few months ago in rawcous style from start to finish, one of MIMR favourite albums of last year finally had it’s moment to shine and the trio served up a rip-rawing performance.

Joined on the night by The Empty Page, Petcrow and Peaks who all added their unique touches to the evening, it will certainly go down as one of MIMR most enjoyable gigs of this year.

Here are some highlights from the gig, starting with MIMR faves Peaks

Petcrow

The Empty Page

Sweet Deals On Surgery

MIMR Band Chat: Clerks

Alt-rock Quartet Clerks are a brand new band based in London and are ready to spread their wings on the live circuit in the coming months.

MIMR spoke to Lead man Joe from the band about their plans and their musical influences 

MIMR: Great to have Clerks on the blog, how would you best describe your
music and what influences the band when it comes to the song writing?

Joe: Thanks for having us! It’s a bit hard to pick a genre that I think we strongly fit into as we all have a lot of influences but the closest would probably be a bit of a mix between indie/alt rock and shoegaze. The bands we played in before were much more grunge and punk influenced and so the aim with the song writing was to start playing music that better reflected our current lives –the angsty teen grunge sound began to feel a bit dishonest. Artists like Mac Demarco, Jesus and Mary Chain, The Strokes, Elliott Smith, My Bloody Valentine are some of the influences for me.

MIMR: What can we expect from you guys in 2017?
Joe: The band is really new (only just came together towards the end of 2016) so the plan is to play our first gigs and not be crap and then see what happens! Playing in London for the time being but hopefully will be branching out a bit and doing some festivals in the summer. And maybe recording an album.

MIMR: Tell us more about the band, who’s who and how did Clerks start off?

Joe: Clerks are myself (Joe – guitars/vocals), Matt (drums), Gio (guitar)
and Cae (bass). Matt and I have been playing in bands since school and Cae and Gio have their own separate bands so we’ve stolen them for a bit… Cae is the sporty one, Gio is baby, Matt is definitely scary so I guess I’m either ginger or posh. The name came out of a shared love of the Kevin Smith film and the fact we’ve all either worked in shops or as office clerks the past few years and it aint too great ya know so we’re reclaiming the name.

MIMR: Social Media is such a big tool for bands attempting to breakthrough nowadays, do you have a strategy in tackling this or will just learn as you go along?

Joe: We tried having social media with past bands and didn’t really enjoy it. I guess the idea of connecting with your fans is good but at the stage we were at I think we were mostly just bothering friends. Also the whole problem with equating a band’s quality with the number of ‘likes’ they had was pretty annoying. I think we probably will cave and create a Facebook page at some point as it’s handy for reminding people about gigs but for the moment we’re going to just stick to
having a sound cloud page and telling people about shows in person.

MIMR: Which band would be your dream to tour with?

Joe: Well I ran this past the others and the unanimous answer was Slayer.
I’m not sure they’d have us…

MIMR: Thanks for chatting to us at MIMR, good luck with your endeavours in 2017. How can people follow you?

Joe: We are on soundcloud – so you can follow us there –
http://www.soundcloud.com/clerksband/sets

But if you want to know about gigs it’d be best to email us! –
clerksband@gmail.com

Thanks!

MIMR Band Chat: The Immediate

Indie trio The Immediate are returning back to the music scene after a lengthy time away and have certainly made up for lost time with the super ‘Mold’ EP which reaches new and thrilling heights. 

MIMR spoke to them recently about album plans and Focus Wales in May

MIMR: Introducing The Immediate to the blog, tell us a bit about the story of the band and what are your plans moving forward?

The Immediate: We’re a three piece from Mold in northeast Wales. We were together – originally – in our early 20’s in the 90’s. We were never in the right place at the right time. We were playing Kinks-influenced hard-edged harmony pop songs when every other band sounded like Nirvana or Red Hot Chilli Peppers. When the UK went Britpop, we’d mutated into something more bombastic. We played with some our favourite bands: Mansun and 60ft Dolls… and could see the rift between us and them. Then we supported Stereophonics the night they were signed by V2, at a packed out gig in Newport. They played cover versions and sounded to us about as imaginative as magnolia walls in an empty room… bar Kelly’s remarkable voice. We split soon after.

We slowly grew apart. Small resentments and slight injustices meant we never considered making music together again, although there were regular requests for us to do so. Despite the lack of actual success, people remembered some of our songs, which was why it didn’t seem ridiculous to play together again this time last year when we all woke up in separate lives, with exactly the same itch to scratch.

The old songs sounded old, though. There were 20-ish years of pent up musical frustration and new songs came far more easily than they had. So we released an EP of completely new songs in September (Shadows and Ghosts). Our ambition, though – always – was to record an album. So that’s what we’ve been doing.

MIMR: ‘Mold’ EP is out now and it’s a instant favourite for sure. How did these collection of songs come about?

The Immediate: Remembering the kids we went to school with who hadn’t been as fortunate as us. You wouldn’t get a Welsh equivalent of The Wire from the social injustices on certain Mold estates, but some bad things happened to people who never had a chance. Part of the EP – the lead song, What’s The Matter Kevin Jones? – is about some of those people. Although Kevin Jones is a made up name.

The rest of the songs were recorded specifically for the EP and won’t be coming out on our forthcoming album. Light Dimensions was the first song we wrote when we got back together, and has earned some airplay on BBC Introducing, which was nice. The last song on the EP – Manbuoy – is the title track of our album, but won’t be on it. It’s a bit too confessional and (in the singer’s dreams) Arab Strap to be representative of the band as a whole.
MIMR: It’s with great excitement that your appearing at this year’s Focus Wales Festival, what are you looking forward to the most about the event?

The Immediate: We are very excited to be playing Focus Wales. Most looking forward to playing and blowing people away. Not like Clint Eastwood does in the Dirty Harry films. However if Harry had been wielding a VoxAC15 instead of a Magnum handgun, the effect would be broadly similar.

Also looking forward to seeing the excellent line up of bands. Focus Wales is hugely important to northeast Wales because it validates our area… not only does it showcase lots of excellent local bands, giving them equal billing to the national and international bands at the festival, it proves that northeast Wales – an area that had been more or less a cultural desert – can hold its own with anywhere in the world, when it comes to staging musical excellence. We’re psyched to be part of it.

MIMR: If you could tour any country in the world, which one would it be and why?
The Immediate: France. We spent our formative musical years earning a very expensive crust and doing our Hamburg-style apprenticeship, in St Tropez. 3 dole boys from Mold playing their silly songs to people who didn’t think twice spending a couple of hundred quid on a bottle of booze, on a night out.

And the USA. We have to be able to choose two, sorry Griff. We want to go there and shout musical abuse at that vile excuse of a man they have as president.


MIMR: Thanks for chatting to MIMR, will see you at Focus in May, how can people follow you and more importantly get a hold of the EP?
Physical (CD) copies of the EP are available from: https://theimmediate.bandcamp.com/album/mold-e-p

The EP is released digitally on the 3rd March. The CD’s are available now. We play a launch gig at Theatr Clwyd in Mold on the 3rd March with the excellent Campfire Social and Skellums.

Thank you very much for having us.

MIMR Gig Gallery: Blooms @The Castle

For the 2nd time in a matter of weeks MIMR was lucky to witness Surf-noise trio Blooms strut their stuff on the stage, the 2nd occasion coming last monday (13th Feb) when they supported Norwegian pop-punkers Slotface.

In anticipation for the upcoming EP Blooms stamped their mark with a stunning set with tracks such as ‘Head Swimming’ and ‘Porcelain’ lighting up the Castle crowd.

Here are some highlights from their set.

MIMR Daily Tunes No.50: Caesar ‘Crossed Wires’

Shoegazey-indie quartet Caesar unveil their latest creation released through the brilliant Blak Hand Records on Feb 10th, its a glowing effort with all the characteristics of band that should be taken very seriously.

From the outset the track weaves it’s way through glittering, poetic tones with a effervescent vibe which is effortlessly addictive to listen to. Sparkling guitar hooks are matched with dazzling beats bringing the track to euphoric conclusion.
With an EP landing in May titled ‘In Anomie’ the four-piece have their sights on rewards much bigger and sometimes dreams have a knack of coming true, all hail Caesar !!  

You can listen to the track here:


MIMR Daily Tunes No.49: Haunted Spurs ‘Manhattan’

We head to Portland, Oregon USA for our latest Daily Tunes feature where lead man Justin Daniel Rutz uses DIY methods expertly on the bouncy spiky track ‘Manhattan’ released Jan 11.

Occupanied by Donovan Allen on drums Haunted Spurs lets loose with a mix of care free indie-pop delights and a mean, punk-tastic delivery, a winning formula.

https://soundcloud.com/auntedpurs/manhattan-1

This new project certainly has the potential to go places and fast, Hutz has all the tools at his disposal and with a album release in the pipeline it’s sure to say that Haunted Spurs won’t be going away anytime soon and thats a pretty swell thing!