MIMR Review: TOEGB ‘I’m Glad You Caught Me When You Did’

With their much anticipated new track The One Eyed General’s Bandit swoop back on the blog with another slice of indie/blues goodness and you won’t resist to press that repeat button over and over.

The manchester trio meld the classic 90s indie sound with a concotion of bluesy riffs and country style melodies that rumbles along with great gusto.

One of MIMR favourite acts showing their undoubted prowess once again to create something that is pleasing to the ear and firmly establishing themselves as a band to check out at a show….whenever that may be, the sooner the better i hope.

Oh all hail Pablo the hamster too (check the video here)

Follow them on Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/TheOneEyedGeneralsBandit/

MIMR Review: Suave Martyrs ‘Footsteps’

Released last friday (10th July) one of the brightest sparks flying around Manchester are psych-rock act Suave Martyrs with a welcome return to the blog, their new single ‘Footsteps’ firmly captures their enchanting sound.

First coming to our attention in early 2019, the mancunian quartet have grown into a band that has all the tools to become a force to be reckoned with.

Psychedelic grooves grip the track from the outset, a bow to their arsenal which is their strongest and most destructive yet, pulsating your brain instantly.

Having already conquered their home city with a number of well received headline shows throughout last year, the 4 piece will look to resume their place at the top of the bill when the live music scene is awoken from it’s slumber.

Dark, haunting tones, piercing, hypnotic guitars and cruscendo of striking beats really give the track it’s thunderous sound, Suave Martyrs have a EP in the works and it looks like it’s going to be something a little bit special my friends!

Here’s the track:

Head over to their Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/suavemartyrs/

MIMR Review: Woman You Stole ‘Evelyn’

Awakening from the gloom of the never-ending lockdown and the disappearance of live music we all love, Manchester Alt-pop trio Woman You Stole make a glorious return to the blog with this their 3rd demo track released during this difficult period we are all facing. The gloom is lifted from the outset though as a truimphant combo of heavenly vocals, blissful melodies and a storming chorus to boot makes this track one of their most treasured to date.

Produced in DIY conditions, with a mix of phone/tablets recordings shared and concealed into a killer track for a 3 piece that were set to go from strength to strength in 2020.With their unmissable live show being cruelly kept from the masses currently, Steve, Hayley and Jack have gone all out to enhance their already pleasing sound to the next level, let’s hope the live experience this 3 piece deliver ain’t too far away, ah the memories!

Here’s the track:

Hit them up on twitter:

https://twitter.com/Woman_You_Stole?s=09

MIMR Band Chat: Springfield Elementary

One of MIMR favourite bands of the last year or so are electric psych-punks Springfield Elementary and we welcome them back to the blog with open arms…well just as long as you adhere to the 2m distance of course.

We spoke to the guys about the new single, lockdown activities and sweaty nights in The Peer Hat.



MIMR: Great to have you on the blog, how best would you describe your sound and what influences would you consider to be the most favoured in creating your sound?  


SE: We’ve had our music described before as Acid-Punk, that’s been our favourite description. Our main influences vary from 60s psych to 90s grunge.  



MIMR: Fantastic to hear your new single, how was this recorded and what difficulties did you encounter especially in the times we are currently living in?  


SE: Thankfully we had the song recorded way before lockdown with Rainy Daze studios. It’s felt weird releasing a song and not being able to show it off with a gig somewhere! But we’ve made the most of the situation, making a lockdown themed music video. The theme of the song relates quite well to the feelings people have felt during lockdown, so it felt like the right song to have been released during these times.  



MIMR: So we all know live music is a no go at the moment and it’s hard to see when it will return, what gig venues do you have the fondest memories of and why?  


SE: There’s so amazing venues in Manchester, it’s hard to single them out. We’ve got great memories playing at sister pubs, The Castle and Gullivers. We’ve put on Halloween gigs here and played rowdy day festivals that have brought in fun crowds. Peer Hat deserves a special mention too for all the sweaty nights we’ve played in it’s dingy basement. Top ale choices too!!    


MIMR: Playing live must be the ultimate part of making music, what’s your favourite thing about the experience of being on stage?  


Brad: It is! It’s what I’ve struggled with the most since lockdown to be honest. Being able to play music that you’ve created with your pals and seeing the audience loving it is a special feeling.


Billy: It’s hard to pin point one exact thing… but being able to express yourself through your own music or music that you make with your friends is the ultimate buzz and something comes over me where I’m my complete self and completely comfortable with doing so. It’s better than any drug.  


MIMR: Apart from music, how have you passed the time during lockdown?  


Brad: I was working as a temp before lockdown so unfortunately I haven’t been on furlough so it’s been a lot of gardening, Fifa 16 and the odd shift I can grab at random supermarkets with this agency I’m with.


Chris: Films, gaming, sleep, eating food, and drinking.


Liam: I’ve accidentally killed some house plants, made friends with a spider that moved in, started doing some yoga and been trying to resist the urge to give myself a mullet.


Billy: Gardening every herb and veg under the sun. Watching films, reading and anything to pass the time!  



MIMR: Thanks for chatting to us on the blog, we’re thoroughly enjoying your new single and wish you all best for rest of the year, stay safe! How can people follow you on social media?  



SE:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpringfieldElementaryMCR/

Instagram: Instagram.com/springfieldelementarymcr/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/SpringfieldEl

Doctor, Doctor music video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5Mnc9hlVDo Show quoted text

MIMR Best of 2020 so far: Albums

Here are MIMR top 10 albums of 2020 so far

10. Orchards ‘Lovecore’

9. Wintergreen ‘The Future is a Way of Life’

8. False Heads ‘It’s All There but Your Dreaming’

7. Ist Ist ‘Architecture’

6. Danny Gruff ‘Author of My Own Misfortunes’

5. Bethlehem Casuals ‘The Tragedy of Street Dog’

4. Grasshopper ‘Scuttle’

3. Seazoo ‘Joy’

2. Grotbags ‘Grotbags’

1. Kidsmoke ‘A Vision In The Dark’

MIMR Best of 2020 so far: Eps

It’s been a funny old year so far with the coronavirus gripping us all and grinding to a halt the, normally, engrossing music scene, let’s hope live music can return sooner rather than later.With all that being said, some of MIMR favourite acts have still released some exciting new music over the 1st half of this year, throw into the mix some brand new bands to MIMR and 2020 hasnt been all that bad after all.Here’s our top 20 Eps of 2020 so far…

20. Yard Arms ‘Sanctuary Lines’

19. Magic Spells ‘Bubbly’

18. Soccer 96 ‘Tactics EP’

17. Sheafs ‘Vox Pop’

16. Joell Jordi ‘Joell Jordi’

15. Seagoth ‘Internet Cafe’

14. Document ‘A Camera Wanders All Night’

13. Ohmns ‘Iii’

12. Roxy Girls ‘A Wealth of Information’

11. Chihuahua ‘Live At Boxyard’

10. SPQR ‘No Brain, No Pain’

9. Cassette Apes ‘Don’t Bring a Drum Machine to a Dogfight’

8. Those Fucking Snowflakes ‘Straight Wealthy White Male Suffrage’

7. Furrowed Brow ‘Dead Dead Dead Still Digging’

6. Peaks ‘Seasons’

5. Eitha Da ‘Fizzy’

4. TV Face ‘Like Dominoes’

3. Alex Rave and The Sceptical ‘Profound Absurdities’

2. Giant Boys ‘Click and Collect’

1. The Sewer Cats ‘Zelda’

MIMR Review: Leisure Theory ‘Bend and Break’


With his first glorious effort of 2020 and of the upcoming EP, Jake Smith aka Leisure Theory launches his eccletic sound to another level with this euphoric electro-pop track.

Having already entised up throughout 2019 with such singles as ‘Profile’ and ‘Signifying Practice’ the manchester based project headed by Jake enters the next stage with engrossing and enchanting results despite the difficulties that we all currently face.


Partly produced during Lockdown and released by Most Joyous, Jake uses effervscent guitars combined with a backing track that glows and glistens throughout, it’s hard not to sway and lose yourself too.


MIMR will remain to take note of Jake’s work and even though seeing a live show anytime soon looks to be out of the question, the EP will serve up as a fruitful and essential soundtrack for your summer even if you are stuck at home.


Listen to the track here:

https://open.spotify.com/track/0MH6XV2LxmwBa9pBq6GKmJ?si=MP2vW8ynSOC3UD3C8NNcsQ


Follow Leisure Theory here:

https://www.facebook.com/lesiuretheory/

MIMR Band Chat: War Stripes

It’s a welcome return to the blog for MIMR favourite rock trio War Stripes who’s recrnt single has become a firm favourite during the lockdown period. MIMR spoke to the band about theur plans, the single and smart clobber.

MIMR: Great to have War Stripes back on the blog, what’s the latest with the band amid the difficult current situation?

Ciro: We’ve been trying to keep ourselves as busy as possible – we recently recorded our third release ‘Glad Rags’ and a video to go along with it, all in Lockdown which was released May 8th on all platforms.
As well as that we continue to write music from home.
Everythings been very DIY lately, a quite exciting new way that we’ve always toyed with but never had a real opportunity to do until now.

MIMR: How have your plans changed for this year and are you hopefully that some live shows could happen?

Aaron: Everything has changed massively with most aspects of our lives but hopefully we’ll use this time to reflect and grow and start a new chapter of the band: More music out there, more online content and building a better connection with our audience. We’ve talked about rescheduling some shows and it’d be amazing if we’d get to play before the end of the year but who knows!

Ciro: Our plans have changed in a big way. Pre lockdown we were actually about to headline our first ever gig at Manchester Academy 3 which we were working extremely hard for but sadly, like everything else, that’s off the table for the time being.
So we’ve sunk all our time into writing as the band is taking a new direction sound wise which we’re all very excited about- fortunately, you’re all gonna have to wait and see what new direction that is (it’s always good to have something coming up, instead of staying still ay?)

MIMR: How have you coped personally with the lockdown restrictions and what’s the one thing you’re most looking forward to doing once some sort of normality resumes?

Ciro: At first I was excited about the idea, I saw it as an opportunity to take a break and unwind a bit from everything including music. But now I’ve gotten in the mindset of, let’s take the bull by the horns and create foundations for life outside of lockdown and personally, that’s what’s been getting me through.

Billie: I’ve had two noises complaints for drumming! Which is always fun!
But for me it’s been nice to be at home more with my missus and not be at work as much. I work as a bartender so I have very long shifts and late nights, but being able to have time off and just do what I want has actually been alright and peaceful.
I have 16 animals at home as well so I’ve been pretty much entertained!
I just want to gig and go to the rehearsal room! Although I’m still playing it’s nowhere near as fun as playing with the lads!

Aaron: Completely agree with the boys, we basically just want to get out there and hit the road. So much time away from something you love doing only makes you realize how important it is. Otherwise, it’s just been about keeping active (body and mind), finding some hint of a routine so I’m not spending the days in bed and finally.. coming last place on zoom quizzes.

MIMR: Your new single is called ‘Glad Rags’ but who is the best dressed member of the band?

Ciro: I’m the last person that’s gonna win this award, I just throw anything on, I’m a fashion mogul that way.

Billie: EASY!!! Me, next question ☺️

Aaron: I’d say as a group, I dress the least like a punk rock star. The other boys always look stunning.

MIMR: Thanks for chatting to us at MIMR, stay safe and all the best whatever happens in 2020, tell us how people can follow you on social media?

Billie: All the usual platforms Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
Music wise we have tracks on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon as well as some demos and rough works on our SoundCloud.
Check it out, you never know may find an old gem that tickles your fancy! Stay safe! ❤️

Aaron: Check out our New single ‘Glad Rags’ and share it about. Thanks for your continuing support MIMR ly x

MIMR Band Chat: WinterGreen

During our extended break we still listened to a lot of new music and one of the acts that caught our eye were the sweet sounds of Manchester indie trio WinterGreen

We spoke to the band about the new record, lockdown plans and their yearning for live music once again

MIMR: It’s a pleasure to have you on the blog, tell us a bit about the band and what’s your main influences in your music?

WinterGreen: It’s a pleasure to be on the Blog! Well, we are WinterGreen and we describe ourselves as three men in a band from towns orbiting the great city of Manchester. We’ve known each other for many years, occasionally two of us have been in bands together in the past but never all three in the same band. We finally did that in 2014 when we formed WinterGreen and we’ve made three albums since which we are very proud of. Our influences are many and varied. Between the three of us we listen to so much different music, and all of it inspires our band output. You could say we have a frontman (Mike) who loves classic guitar driven pop tunes, a bassist (Pete) who loves robo-synth pop, and a drummer (Grant) who likes to rock out! We think that combinations like this lead to an interesting end product!

MIMR: So your year started with the release of the ‘The Future is a Way of Life’ record, how was this produced and how much did it differ from your previous records?

WinterGreen: Our first album “Gliders” was very much made in the studio, recorded by Dean Glover at Vibe Studios in Cheetham Hill. Our 2nd album “Accidents & Designs” was more of a DIY effort. We recorded bits ourselves at rehearsal, bits in different studios, bits at home…… then mixed it all together and got Dean to polish it up. “TFI AWOL” is kind of a mixture of those two methods. We’ve also added a bit more “studio trickery” noises and electronic stuff in there too…. But we can still rock-out when we need to, like the last song “You Gotta Lot (But It’s Gotta Stop)” which is really punky!

MIMR: Amid all thats going on at the moment i’m guessing your plans for rest of the year have greatly changed, how has the band coped during the lockdown period and what have you been doing?

WinterGreen: We were gonna hit the road and do a lot of gigs to promote the latest album. We haven’t gigged in over a year, so we were really looking forward to that…… then all the venues closed because of the virus! We’ve been busy however, and by the magic of Zoom, home studio software and Dropbox we’ve already written & demo’d enough new songs for our fourth LP! We’ll probably keep improving the demos as the Lockdown continues, and end up with an album largely written and recorded separately from each other! Which is yet another way of doing it – keep the variety going!

MIMR: With the absence of live music currently, it must be hard not having that outlet to perform. What’s your favourite thing about playing live and what’s been your most memorable gig as a band to date?

WinterGreen: We miss playing live and it was really bad timing to take a year off.….then have all your gigs kyboshed because of a global pandemic! It’s simply a massive buzz playing to an audience. You feel nervous in those moments before you go on stage….. but once you’re up there it comes naturally and you enjoy it. And it can be a great laugh as well. Our favourite gig has to be at The Hope & Anchor in London 2 or 3 years ago. We rented a big Air BnB apartment for us and our entourage, played at a famous venue that bands like The Stranglers, Joy Division, Madness and U2 have played. We played really well, bang on it, on the night! There was a good crowd in, then we went on a massive bender in London afterwards and crashed back at the apartment about 3am! We woke up with about 5 minutes to spare before we got chucked out the apartment at 12 noon the next day – Proper rock & roll!

MIMR: Thanks for chatting to MIMR, stay safe and hope to see you back on the blog very soon. Tell us how people can follow you on social media?

WinterGreen: Our Twitter is @Wintergreenband and if you use the handle “wintergreenband” you can pretty easily find us on Facebook, YouTube, Soundcloud etc. We have some good videos on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzm5bxhA5cSVdkv_uE8xW_g
On Spotify you can listen to our latest album “The Future is a Way of Life” via this link: https://open.spotify.com/album/0XueBsYcwawoSUK0JkoBFk?si=T1VVyP5yTNGZHXLUXlbBAA
Our other albums are on Spotify too, and all our stuff is on iTunes, GooglePlay etc. Hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we did making it!

MIMR Band Chat: The Battery Farm

MIMR is back after some time away and with the current sitiation we are all facing and uncertainty how long it will be before live gigs can return, it’s been refreshing to still see new music being released and the lengths some bands have gone to engage with listeners.

One of MIMR favourite acts currently buzzing around the manchester scene are viseral punk act The Battery Farm and we spoke to the band during the lockdown period to get their take on the current situation




MIMR: Great to have you back on the blog and the 1st band i’ve spoken to on MIMR since my break. How have the band on the whole been coping with current situation and what can we expect from you guys for the rest of the year?



TBF: Hi Griff, thanks for having us. We’ve been ok generally, keeping in touch with each other through WhatsApp and bouncing memes and shit group chat banter back and forth. Trying to stave off madness. Not always succeeding but trying. Me and Dom are still continuing to write together somehow, sending each other lyrics and demos which is cathartic. If nothing else, we might just get some half-decent songs of all this. In terms of what we’re planning for the rest of year, our big grand plan has pretty much been flushed. The plan at the moment is to get into the studio as soon as we can. We don’t know when that’ll be obviously, but we want to record. We still have a couple of gigs towards the end of the year that have been rescheduled/not cancelled yet, so we’ve actually got quite a bit to look forward to if we’re being optimistic, which we are. All we can do is take things as they come at the moment, much like everyone else.




MIMR: When live gigs were going on, you were known for your high energy, full throttle performances, whats been your most memorable gig as a band to date?

TBF: We’ve been playing live together about 9 months now and to be honest there haven’t been many I’ve come out of particularly unhappy because we’re a really fucking good band. The two we’ve played at The Peer Hat stand out in particular though. The first one for Abattoir Blues was our first headliner and it was packed to capacity. Genuinely the best gig I’ve played in any band ever; I’ve never felt anything like it. The second one was part of a Deco Records all dayer and was another packed auld do. It was also our last Manchester gig before we all had to go underground so it’s extra poignant to think back on. We shared the stage with some great, great bands over those two gig, including Cold Water Swimmers, GUTS and Slap Rash which made them all the sweeter. 

MIMR: Amid the current situation and the uncertainty clouding us all at the moment, what is the one thing you are looking forward to enjoy when lockdown restrictions are lifted?


TBF: Seeing friends and family in person. I’m not missing pubs, clubs and football as much as I’m missing being able to be around the people I love outside of a Zoom meeting. Me and my wife have a baby on the way in September and my big worry is that my family won’t be able to meet him in person when he’s born. I’ll understand why if that’s the way it is, but it’ll hurt a hell of a lot if that happens. Pubs and gigs and that will return eventually. Moments like the birth of my first child will not. I can’t wait to be able to see everyone in person again, partly so I can stop worrying about that scenario becoming reality.



MIMR: You are very pro-active on your social media platforms and it’s doubly important to keep your followers engaged during this difficult time. Personally remembering a time before social media was widely available, how important is it to keep that engagement with your followers going?


TBF: I’m generally finding social media pretty wearying at the moment on a personal level. However it has given us a platform to be able keep our band going in some way which is the one massive bright spot about it. Without it us and millions of other artists would probably be in a position of having to shut down completely until things get better. Further to that it’s an amazing tool for continuing to connect people to our art. We’ve done livestreams and taken part in online art exhibitions through Facebook and been able to put new merch on Bandcamp. Being able to do all that stuff has been really beneficial both on a personal and artistic level. Bands need people. Social media, for its myriad flaws, connects us to them, which is especially important now.


MIMR:  Thanks for talking to the blog, stay safe and hope to see you back on the stage very soon. Just remind us how people can follow you on your socials?


TBF:  Thanks again for having us. We’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @thebatteryfarm. The four singles we’ve released so far are on Spotify so follow is on there. We’ve also just put some lyric sheet packages on our Bandcamp for sale.
More info on those at thebatteryfarm.bandcamp.com 

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