MIMR Band Chat: Ravellas

Hailed as one of the finest upcoming Indie Rock n Roll bands in the north west Ravellas from wigan triumphantly return to the blog with their latest release ‘Colour Me Sweet’ which is s uplifting, raucous indie anthem with electrifying riffs and stomping beats perfect for a boogie on the dancefloor

MIMR spoke to the band about the release as well as their future plans.

MIMR: Great to have Ravellas back on the blog, how has 2017 been for the band?

Ravellas: Nice to be back. 2017 has been really good to us. We went on our first proper tours supporting Highly Suspect, which ended at a sold out Koko in London, then we went onto support one of our hero’s growing up Tom Clarke on his solo tour celebrating The Enemy debut album. We’re really happy with the music we’ve put out this year as well and hoping to have some more music out before the years done.

MIMR: Tell us about the new single, what’s the story behind it?

Ravellas: We had a jam and were tryna get some new material together. Jonny had shown us this half idea with the lyric “Colour me sweet with sugar please.” And then some more nonsensical lyrics and straight away we thought it makes no sense but it’s proper catchy! We went down a bit of soppy love song route for a while with a bit more jingle jangle guitars and struggled to get it finished as it wasn’t really us. It was only really after Jonny flipped the meaning of the song on its head to recite a kind of hedonism fuelled night out with some clever and some not so clever metaphors that the rest of the song just fell into place.

MIMR: Festival season is over for another year, did you experience any of them over the summer and what’s your favourite thing about them?

Ravellas: We managed to do a few yeah and it’s definitely one of the best things about being in a band. Getting to hang with other bands getting pissed and having a chance to showcase your music to potentially new people who’ve never heard of you and getting to soundtrack a tiny part of their summer is what I love the most about it.

MIMR: What does the future hold for you guys, more releases?

Ravellas: We’re tryna lock ourselves away a bit before 2018s here and get some more songs written and recorded. For us, Ravellas are at their best when we’re writing music cause that’s what we’re best at. We have a few unreleased tracks that were really eager to get out there. The feedback we’ve been getting for a song we’ve got recorded called ‘Reputation’ is unreal so we can’t wait for people’s to hear it.

MIMR: Thanks for dropping in, all the best with the single. Where can people keep up to date with the band?

Ravellas: Facebook.com/weareravellas
@weareravellas

MIMR Gig Guide: October

Another bumper month of gigs in Manchester are pencilled in for this month featuring some new and upcoming bands as well as a fair few acts that MIMR have featured in the past, get yourself down to one or two from the following list.

6th

Liines supporting Desperate Journalist @Soup Kitchen

7th

Young States @Aatma

11th

Floral Scene @The Castle

11-14th

Indie Week Manchester @Various Venues highlights include:

False Advertising @Night and Day Cafe 12th

The Empty Page @ Factory 14th

Hollows @The Peer Hat 14th

13th

Gardenback @Gullivers

16th

Diet Cig/The Spook School @Soup Kitchen

19th

Patty Hearst supporting Slowcoaches @Soup Kitchen

20th

Hey Bulldog @Aatma

21st

A Carefully Planned Farewell feat. Peaks, Cynthia’s Persicope, Bearfoot Beware, USA Nails + more…

Gig of the Month

Scruff of the Neck Records Presents Kidsmoke @Aatma

Wrexham indie quartet Kidsmoke are back in Manchester for a special gig at Aatma on the 27th as they hit the stage for their 1st Manchester headline show.

2017 has been a breakthrough year for the band with increased press attention and their recent EP ‘Save Your Sorrow’ showcasing some of their best work to date.

Support on the night comes from The Capitals, Beach Royals and Bliss

28th

Cassia (Sold Out) @Deaf Institute

MIMR Band Chat: Foxglove

New kids on the block and already making waves on the local scene are shoegazey indie quartet Foxglove from Manchester with their vibrant melodies and mesmerising tones already gathering many fans.

I got bit more of a insight into the band not long after they played their biggest gig to date at Deaf Insitute last week, one of MIMR faveourite venues.

MIMR: Who are Foxglove and was it clear from the start what direction the band would take with your sound?

Foxglove: Foxglove formed in May 2016, when guitarist, Ryan Croney, drummer, Liam Croney, and bassist, David Acosta were on the lookout for a vocalist to complete their line-up after previously being in a band of a different genre to Foxglove’s current genre.

Messaging vocalist and guitarist, Abi White, (who had also previously been in a band of a different genre) on instagram asking if she would like to join, Abi went for a jam with the band and never looked back. It was then that Foxglove was born.

After the first practice, it was clear from the start what our ‘sound’ would be, we wanted to create dance/pop/indie tunes that stood out from the rest.

MIMR: How’s your year been so far as a band and what’s been your favourite moment?

Foxglove: It’s been amazing from the start. We’ve played at various venues across Manchester, including supporting The Wytches at Night and Day Café and playing our most recent gig at the Deaf Institute: our dream venue. We played in Liverpool and London in the earlier stages of the band, before going on to play at Dot to Dot Festival in Manchester, which was an absolute dream. We would say a highlight came when our first single was released and soon after it was chosen to be played by BBC Introducing Manchester who later then invited us in session, which is coming up in the next month where we will be performing our latest single, ‘Cheap Thrills’.

MIMR: What can we expect from Foxglove, more releases, more live shows, a bit of both perhaps?

Foxglove: Foxglove world domination! Haha, we have our first EP recorded which will be released in the near future and we are hoping to perform a number of live shows before Christmas, all of which you can catch up with through our Facebook page.

MIMR: If you could share a stage with any musician who would it be and why?

Foxglove: We all have different opinions for this as we all take inspiration from many different artists. For Ryan (guitar), he would like to share with either Wolf Alice or Enter Shikari for their energy. For Liam (drums) it would be The 1975 and Wolf Alice, for David it would be Tame Impala and Mutemath as they both evolved from rock to synth, inspiring people to be different and offering something different to the music industry. For Abi (singer) it would be Kylie, because she inspired her to start singing and performing after she first went to her concert when she was only 7 years old.

MIMR: Thanks for being on the blog, where can people check out some music and follow you on social media?

Foxglove: We’re on Spotify and Apple Music and you can find us on Facebook, Instagram and twitter.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cheap-thrills-single/id1279899807
https://www.facebook.com/BandFoxglove/
https://www.instagram.com/foxgloveband/
https://twitter.com/bandfoxglove?lang=en-gb

MIMR Band Chat: The Hyena Kill

Ready to blow you away once again are Manchester’s very own dynamic rock duo The Hyena Kill fully charged for their biggest show to date this friday at Manchester Academy 3.

With new single ‘Panic Womb’ already being cranked up to the max on the blog, Steve and Lorna look set to take their ferocious noise to the next level.

I spoke to Steve about the upcoming headline show and what to expect from the new tunes!

MIMR: How’s mega has 2017 been so far?

Steve: Its been cool, we have a lot of the summer working on new material. Mainly jst trying to figure out where we wanted to go with the tunes. During this process a few little surprises popped up like our recent single ‘Panic Womb’ which just exploded out of nowhere.
We are back in the studio towards the end of year to put together the next record.

MIMR: Tell us about the headline show at Manchester academy?

Steve: Well its our biggest hometown headline show to date. Academy 3 is a wicked venue and always sounds class so we are hoping to make it a belter of a show. We also have really good supports. The Empty Page (MCR) and The Pearl hearts (LDN)

MIMR: What can we expect from the new material?

Steve: The new stuff is a bit of a mixed bag there are some really ambient, vibey tunes mixed with some really nasty horrible sounding stuff. Its basically us just writing the music we really like. We are never quite sure what is going to come out.

It’s not too late to get down this friday, grab your ticket here:

https://www.seetickets.com/event/the-hyena-kill/manchester-academy-3/1059954

MIMR Review: Cull ‘Dacre’

A great find this year for MIMR comes in the discovery of Wrexham based experimental rock outfit Cull and now a culmination of their efforts over the last 3 years have been unveiled in a wonderous 8 track album with ‘Dacre’ being one of the devastating and epic highlights of the record that MIMR would like to focus on.

Taken from the record ‘2A/T3 released 26th August ‘Dacre’ experiments with a whole host of mouth-watering sounds, haunting vocals, mesmerising hooks and furious concotion of raw energy and spirit is protrayed throughout, making for a journey that is constantly repeatable and enjoyable in equal measure.

When you delve into the rest of the album, whether it be the crashing riffs on ‘2A’ or the piercing basslines captured on ‘Crop & Ramble’ not forgetting the peaceful serenity of ‘John Duncan I’m Ready For Our Date’, its hard not to get excited about a band that has all the tools in their locker to make something very special. The rousing, monster-esque finale ‘9 Brudnell Avenue’ only cements their place as a band with a lot to shout about.

Having witnessed first hand their brilliant live show at this year’s Focus Wales Festival where they were one of the best bands of the event, they are now ready to spread their wings and glide to future success? MIMR can personally guarantee that!

Here’s the album in all its glory, check it out!

https://cullband.bandcamp.com/album/2a-t3

MIMR Gig Guide: September

With the summer coming to a predictably soggy end, MIMR is here to lift the gloom away with a look at the best gigs to get down to this month and it looks like it’s going to be pretty mega.

Here are some of September’s highlights.

9th Hover Bored/Flood Manual @Aatma

20th

Baby Strange @Gullivers

22nd

Flat Plastic presents Polo/Ambiere @The Castle Hotel

Scruff of the Neck Records presents The Hubbards/Blooms…@Deaf Institute

26th

Van Zeller w/The 99 Degree+ Hey Bulldog + The Slovaks @The Castle Hotel

Gig of the Month

29th

The Hyena Kill @Manc Academy 3

Rock masters Steve and Lorna are ready to unleash some more fury at their biggest gig to date later this month and are all set to blow the roof off at the Academy on the 29th.

With a arsenal of new material and having also being recently snapped up by APF Records, this night is set to live long in the memory and MIMR will be there.

Support on the night includes MIMR faves The Empty Page.

Tickets available here:

https://www.seetickets.com/event/the-hyena-kill/manchester-academy-3/1059954

30th

Stay Fresh Fest 3. Feat. Easy Kill @Deaf Insitute

MIMR Review: Kidsmoke ‘Seabirds’

We always welcome the next band to make our bodies tingle and Wrexham Indie Pop maestros Kidsmoke achieve this and much more on their latest single ‘Seabirds’ which offers something just a little bit special.

It’s the closing track on their recent ‘Save Your Sorrow’ EP and the fourth single to be showcased from the record, it’s another slice of delighful indie vibes from start to finish.

Glistening guitars and sweet vocal harmonies are enhanced ten fold, one of their more ambitious creations as a band to date. The foursome have riden a crest of wave already in 2017 with increased press attention including radio and Spotify coverage and are ready to push through to bigger and better things.

They have a few high profile dates in the Autumn, including festival appearances at Portmeiron and Cardiff’s Swn Festival. Also watch out for their first Manchester headline show in late October, MIMR will be there!

The video which was premiered over at Too Many Blogs yesterday and directed by guitarist Sophie is cleverly produced and shows the fun, care-free outlook the band have, enjoy it here: