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MIMR Playlist: Best of 2017

So it’s that time of year again where we look back and rejoice about all the great music that graced us in 2017. Some of MIMR favourite bands made some giant leaps this year and released some great records, as well as a whole host of new and exciting acts, already looking forward to 2018.

Here’s the list:

MIMR Review: Queasy ‘Build A Wall’

Establishing themselves on the Manchester music scene through their energetic live shows are manchester 5 piece funk rockers Queasy and they return to the blog with the release of their latest single ‘Build A Wall’ released tomorrow (Nov 17th)

Taken from the much anticpated EP ‘Promised Land’ the track is politically charged and a real insight into how the misuse and abuse of power is such a burning concern for many people in society today.

Spitting lyrics are delivered with great gusto and it really hammers home the message of the track, a eye-opener to what is really happening out in the real world. Crashing beats and some outlandish riffs are layed down to great effect too only adding to the powerful message which is being preached.

Now…where’s my protest sign, let’s all go and start a revolution!

Queasy have a bunch of live dates over the next few months including a support slot with the much hyped Sleeptalking on Nov 22nd @ The Castle, not to be missed people!

MIMR Review: Flood Manual ‘Empathy

We finally get to see a band showing their true potential with Manchester’s Flood Manual taken their indie-rock sound up a extra few notches with the release of their much antcipated EP ‘How To Be Happy’ which was released 5th November.

The flannel rock quartet (we don’t know what that is either…) burst out with electrifying charm and brut power with triumphant melodies especially on MIMR highlight of the record ‘Empathy’.

This infectious concotion of spiralling guitars and delightful looping vocals are a joy to behold with elements of american alt-rock and shoegazey grooves making their mark from start to finish.

Members of the excellent Further Sky Records family Flood Manual have all the tools at their disposal to conquer all in their path, one listen to the EP and it’s a certainty that you will be happy!

The EP is available here:

https://floodmanual.bandcamp.com/album/how-to-be-happy

MIMR Band Chat: Rachel Alice Johnson

Upon the release of her latest single, a exciting project which includes a video inspired by a short film by Andy Warhol (1963) named ‘The Kiss’ Rachel Alice Johnson explores and succeeds at creating music that is relevant and pushes the boundaries to a level which is very pleasing.

I spoke to Rachel ahead of the release of the track ‘Coming Down Slow’ out Nov 8th to chat about the making of the piece and her future plans.

MIMR: We head to Edinburgh next on the blog to introduce to you the extremely talented Rachel Alice Johnson. Hey, hope your well, how has your 2017 been so far?

Rachel: I’ve had a great 2017 so far, thank you. I’ve put out a couple of releases this year which have all been well received. It’s cool to see people take notice of my work and to gain some critical recognition.

MIMR: Tell us all about the new single, what’s it about and what influences do you draw upon when creating your music?

Rachel: I initially write the base structure to my songs on piano – ‘Coming Down Slow’ was just one of many ballads about past memories. I took the track to my band to play around with arrangement – I ended up cutting the song in half and re-writing the chorus completely, as the song became less lyric-focussed and instead more of a low-fi experiment of sounds and placement. Replacing the piano with bass distortions is always a game-changer in my songwriting process; it seems to heat everything up and disrupt the melancholy of the song. ‘Coming Down Slow’ is probably the most experimental song I’ve ever written, which pushed me out of my comfort zone. I’ve been surprised with the airplay reaction to it so far, as the low-fi, home-recording vibe isn’t often featured on radio. I like my tracks to have a rawness to them, similar to how The Black Keys write and produce.

MIMR: Playing live must be one of the highs of being a performer, what’s been your most memorable show?

Rachel: There’s been quite a few shows this year which I’ve really enjoyed. I think playing King Tuts in January was particularly special as immediately after it I saw a jolt of attention placed upon me. It really kicked off a great year for me, and it was a venue I had been dying to play since I was about 16.

MIMR: What’s next up for your music heading into next year and what aspirations would like to achieve in your career?

Rachel: As an artist my ambition is just to create the best work of my ability, and to continue pushing myself experimentally. As long as I care about the art I’m making and I can see a progression, that’s all that matters. Next year I think I’m going to be a bit more selective on what I release, and try and push all my levels of writing, production and film-making up a notch.

MIMR: Thanks Rachel for chatting to us at MIMR, all the best with the single. How can people check out your music and keep up to date with everything else your up to?

Rachel: I regularly update my arts facebook page with everything from music to paintings – https://www.facebook.com/rachelalicejohnsonarts , along with my website http://www.rachelalicejohnson.com

I also have a twitter which I primarily use to re-tweet Yoko Ono and quote Lana Del Rey lyrics (along with some of my own music) – my handle is @rachyjohnson

Lastly I have an Instagram account (similar to my twitter, but with more selfies/cats) – http://www.instagram.com/rachelalicejohnson

Here’s the new video:

MIMR Review: Kaleiders ‘Bullet’

Firing from both barrels and fizzing their way on to the blog are Alt-Rockers Kaleiders with a quickfire slice off their new EP.

Titled ‘Something To Help Us Get Better’ the trio from warrington create a high energy, blood and thunder sound and opening track ‘Bullet’ is a prime example of the storm they create with their work. Crunching riffs and ferocious vocals echo out far and wide, it’s a ear burning experience that is hard to resist.

The EP comes down to 2 years of hard graft from the band who are sure to now reap the rewards when they take their electifying sound out to the people, this includes a show later this month (18th Nov) supporting Kula Bay at Manchester Academy, don’t miss out!

Check out the EP here:

https://play.google.com/store/music/artist/Kaleiders?id=A7psge2hbfck5dt2jbmxmkheysu&hl=en

MIMR Review: Maisie Johnson ‘Start Again’

Next up on MIMR we bring you the latest rip-roaring effort from Indie songstress Maisie Johnson who is starting to turn a few heads with ‘Start Again’ released yesterday (30th October) only cementing her position as a artist to watch.

Oozing uber coolness and talent by the bucket load Maisie is certain to make light of the competition and the track is a blissfull gaze into the talents that will lift her to the next exciting chapter.

I spoke to Maisie about the single and her future plans.

MIMR: Tell us about the new single Maisie, what’s it about and what influences does it draw upon?

Maisie: To be honest with this song it kinda just reflects on new beginnings and stuff! Nothing too smart haha just something everyone relates too, dependant on what they take from it as well. For me, I had just left a musical project when I wrote this, and started this one.

MIMR: How has this year been for you as an artist?

Maisie: It’s been great! I’ve learnt lots about myself as an artist and what I want from it, and it’s all been about establishing that I think? I’m just really excited for the next coming months, and what my music could potentially achieve if I work hard enough!

MIMR: What’s does the future hold for you, any goals you have set?

Maisie: I want to keep developing my sound, and do as much as possible. Haha and have a good time whilst I do it. And form a proper fan base.

MIMR: All set for Christmas, what is your favourite festive song?

Maisie: Oh wow. Guess it has to be The Pogues – Fairytale of New York. Can’t go wrong!

You can listen to the track right here!

http://hyperurl.co/maisiejohnson

MIMR Band Chat: Champion of Youth

A discovery of a new and exciting band is always a wonderful thing and the next band are no exception. MIMR presents Alt-pop groovers Champion Of Youth who are ready to speak up and be counted in the current, vibrant and bussling manchester music scene.

I spoke two members of the band to talk about their music and the joys of playing live.

MIMR: It’s great pleasure we welcome another new band to the blog. Who are Champion Of Youth and was it clear from the start which direction your music would go in?

JOHN AMMIRATI (vocals, guitars): Thank you. Champion of Youth is/are Scott, Drew, Seb, James and me, doing our thang in Manchester.
I don’t know if the direction of the music was clear from the start. My imagination is very limited, so I like to be surprised.

SCOTT CHALLINOR (drums): I think so, we always seem to be working towards a cohesive sound for us as a band. We have many disagreements about parts of songs and structures but it’s always the music that benefits from those discussions.

MIMR: Really enjoying the EP at the moment, tell us more about the making of these tracks and will they be proceeded by more releases in the near future?

JA: Thank you very much. We thank Christ we got to record with Keir Stewart at Inch Studio. He’s a badass. A beautiful man. He’s worked with the Fall, Durutti Column, etc., he’s amazing. We recorded with Steve Hanley’s bass amp, Morrissey’s Viva Hate guitar, we loved it. Keir was decisive too, which we need because we can waffle and bicker like motherfuckers. We want to record the next batch of singles and the album with him too, but we haven’t told him yet. Do you think he’ll say yes?

SC: I loved playing the old Ludwig kit in the studio… I took so many takes just so I could play it for longer. Not sure which songs we’ll be recording next but I’m looking forward to getting started.

MIMR: If you could have written one song by any other artist/band which one would it be and why?

SC: ‘Schizophrenia’ by Sonic Youth. Love this song, chiming guitars, Steve Shelley at his best on the drums, Thurston and Kim’s voices used to full effect. One of my favourite songs.

JA: ‘Happy Birthday to You’, by the Hill sisters. I’d use the royalties to climb the Bridge to Total Freedom in a weekend intensive.

MIMR: Looking forward to catching a live show very soon, what’s your favourite thing about playing live?

SC: When songs come together to sound their best because of the pressure and adrenaline – either that or they fall apart.

JA: Playing live feels like nothing can go wrong, even when it does go wrong. And the shit does go wrong.

MIMR: Thanks for chatting to us on the blog, where can we keep in the know with the band and listen to the EP?

SC: My favourite way to keep up with Champion of Youth news and most other artists is via Twitter (@CHAMPIONofYOUTH).

JA: You can subject yourself to our EP on Bandcamp or Spotify.

You can check out the EP here:

https://championofyouth.bandcamp.com/