MIMR Review: Yuka Tree ‘Preacher’

Emerging as one of the brightest new bands around a vibrant Manchester music scene at start of 2020, fiery 5 piece Yuka Tree unleash a frenzied punkish attack which is relentless with their blistering new single ‘Preacher’ via 42s Records

Photo Credit: James Belchamber

Released 24th Jan, the track’s stormy undertones are pinned down by crunching guitars, bellowing vocals and some heart-stopping beats, a thrill a second crusade!

Having recently sold out the Eagle Inn, Salford to a rapturous reception, the band are ready to set their sights even higher and a headline show at Gullivers in May could be one of them special nights.

Yuka Tree were marked down as one of our Sounds of 2020 acts to keep an eye on, tracks like this only enhance their position in this list, Hallelujah!

MIMR Band Chat: Roxy Girls

We thoroughly enjoyed Roxy Girls recent show in Manchester at The Early Mornings single launch, which was a memorable night. They rip-rawed through a set which largely included tracks from last year’s mini album titled ‘A Poverty of Attention’ which we highly recommend.We caught up with the band to talk about their plans for this year, influences and playing live.MIMR: Great to have a new band on the blog, how best would you describe your sound and what are your main influences?RG: Its hard to put into words because its not a thing we really think about when writing, but punk is the main influence. We try not to put ourselves into any particular bracket in a concious way, just take what comes out naturally because thats what seems to work for us. In terms of bands being an influence, XTC, James Chance, Fire Engines, Captain Beefheart, The Yummy Fur, Parquet Courts, DUDS etc etcMIMR: We’ve been enjoying listening to your mini-album recently, how was this produced and are you happy with the reception it has received?RG: Cheers man, we spent a couple of days with Dave Brewis from Field Music at his studio in Sunderland, it was pretty straight forward all live with a few overdubs here and there. Aye we’re dead happy with how its done cause its allowed us to play more shows and class to release it through Moshi Moshi. It was good to get the record out because once youve released something you immediately want to do it again so it was a good driving force for our 3rd EP which we recorded at Green Door at the start of December.MIMR: You guys look all set for a busy 2020, do you have a plan of what you want to achieve as a band or are you going with the flow?RG: We’re all shite at organising stuff so we take everything as it comes, the more the better. Our aim for this year is to release the 3rd EP and record an album to release by the end of the year. Other than that the plan is just to play as much as possible, we’re going on tour with Mush in April which will be class.MIMR: You’ve got some eye-catching gig dates coming up including one in Manchester this month, what’s your favourite part about playing live?MIMR: Aye we played with The Early Mornings for their single launch who we supported The Raincoats last year, so was class going down to Manchester to play with them. Favourite part is playing together because we never really get the chance to practice so gigs feel fresh and its always good crack. We think of ourselves as a live band so the energy we put in is a big part of our playing.MIMR: If you could of been part of any era of music at any time, which one would it of been and why?RG: Late 70s/early 80s, as you could probably tell from most of our influences. There was some really cool shit going on and just seemed like a really exciting time to be creating music. There were so many bands that came from the punk scene and they all had their own individual take on it which is why we love post-punk.MIMR: Great to have you on the blog and look forward to what the year has in store for you guys, how can people follow you on social media and listen to some tunes?RG: Cheers for having wu on!Facebook: Roxy GirlsInstagram/Twitter: rrroxygirlsSpotify: Roxy GirlsTheres also some live videos on youtube if you look us up on there.Here’s Roxy Girls album from last year:https://open.spotify.com/album/4zGhH2Paus8kD9Rq2eQNuE?si=R5pWhqskSYeCn4Z6w6RE9A

MIMR Review: Seazoo ‘The Pleasure’

One of MIMR favourite bands Seazoo have revealed their latest track ahead of what looks like could be a breakthrough year for the 5 piece.

‘The Pleasure’ is one of the 1st glimpses of what to expect from Album two, the follow up from 2018 brilliant ‘Trunks’ record and it’s a beautifully crafted indie-pop tune full to the brim of everything we love about the Wrexham band.

Vibrant harmonies, swirling guitars and feel good vibes that you can only smile from ear to ear are a plenty within just over 3 and 1/2 minutes of delightful indie pop goodness.

With a lengthy tour planned for April with the Manchester date already sold out and appearances at Focus Wales and Liverpool’s Soumd City confirmed, we can only predict many good things to happen in 2020.

Bring on Album two! It will be our ‘Pleasure’

Check the video out here:

Frederik Cornelius Charms With ‘This Ain’t Love’

Denmark based Indie singer-songwriter Frederik Cornelius has dropped new single ‘This Ain’t Love’. A track which takes you on an emotional rollercoaster and does not let go.

‘This Ain’t Love’ delves into a new realm of indie with a variety of different influences making the track. At first, it gives a real raw vibe and if you closed your eyes you could be mistaken from listening to an acoustic act at your local speak easy bar. However, it is not long until Frederik graces the mic with his signature catchy melodies and progression.

The sound is not exactly brand new. But, it does provide us with another angle of indie folk. Its really quite a gem. As a result, there is no surprise that it is doing very well over in Asia where there is a real demand for this type of music at the moment.

Overall, its a great delivery from Frederik Cornelius. Although not a genre, I would usually admire being more of a rocker myself, it does tick my boxes. Its snappy, flows well and it opened my imagination to a more alternative love story.

You can listen below.

You can follow Frederik Cornelius on social media below.

MIMR Band Chat: The Early Mornings

Ahead of tonights gig at The Peer Hat and their debut single release ‘Artificial Flavour’ Manchester alt-pop 3 piece prepare to bring their poetic lyrics and dynamic, melodic guitars to the masses.We spoke to the band about the gig, plans for the year and soup!

MIMR: Great to have you on the blog, tell people about the band and how best would you describe your sound?

TEM: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Sprechgesang. Like digging your grave and planting a seed. Like sandpaper beaches.

MIMR: You have a brilliant single out this month, MIMR has been very lucky to have a sneaky listen and it’s one of our faves at the moment. How did this come about and tell us about the single Launch
gig this week?

TEM: This is our first proper release, we’d only done a couple of home demos. We recorded it with Safe Suburban Home and it will be out on 7”.
Launch is at The Peer Hat and we’ve got some really good bands joining us in Roxy Girls, All Girls Arson Club and The Vat-Egg Imposition.

MIMR: What other plans do the band have for this year?

TEM: Writing more songs, got some shows booked in Feb across the UK and I’m sure there’ll be more releases soon.

MIMR: What venues in Manchester do you enjoy playing in?

TEM: M.E.N, Hacienda, Free Trade Hall, Fuel.

MIMR: Did any of the band have any new year resolutions?

TEM: Annie wants to eat more soup.

MIMR: Thanks for chatting to us on the blog, look forward to seeing you at gig. How can people follow you on social media?

TEM: Instagram.com/the_early_mornings


MIMR Band Chat: All Girls Arson Club

Sheffield punk trio All Girls Arson Club bring their riot grllls antics to Manchester this week and we spoke to them before their show to find out why their appeal is ever-growing, MIMR is hooked!

MIMR: Welcome to the blog, last year was a pretty good year for the band, with the release of ‘Dark Fruits’ record being a standout highlight. What’s the latest with the band and what plans do you have for the rest of the year?

AGAC: We’ve just recorded a new EP! We’ve just moved into a basement in Manchester so expect top shelf, sad indie rock anthems. We’re trying to put 25% more effort into life in 2020, so hopefully we’ll put out loads more music and creative stuff and put our art school years to use.

MIMR: What would you say are the musicial influences that shape your sound the most and what era of music are you fond of the most?

AGAC: Alice has listened to Teens of Style for three days straight, and India has been listening to car hole rock straight outta Australia almost exclusively. I think our most genuine influence is Green Day. We listen to A LOT of Green Day together. Our favourite era is probably every year the Grateful Dead played a show.

MIMR: What’s been your most memorable gig you’ve played so far as a band?

AGAC: I know it sounds a bit self indulgent, but we’re already talking about us… so! I think one of our best shows so far was the Friday night of Tramlines 2019. We curated a night at Delicious Clam, and played at midnight after a day full of amazing bands. We had the likes of Faux Machismo, Beige Palace and Self Esteem. We were dressed as cowboys and the room was full of love!

MIMR: Your playing at The Early Mornings single launch at The Peer Hat this friday, we’re really looking forward to seeing you live, what would be the usual routine in a run up to any gigs?

AGAC: You ever seen the movie The Dirt? It’s a lot like that but involves a little bit more anxiety on our parts.

MIMR: ‘Curry Club’ off the ‘Dark Fruits’ is a personal favourite and who doesn’t like a good curry, right? If there was one curry dish you could have all the time which one would it be?

AGAC: Specifically India would go for the Paneer Tikka Masala from Shaan’s on Chesterfield Road in Sheffield, and Alice would go for the King Prawn Karahi from The Clay Oven, a Goan restaurant that used to be on Oakbrook Road, also sheffield.

MIMR: Thanks for chatting to us at MIMR, good luck with everything in 2020, how can people follow you on social media?

AGAC: We’re really bad at using the internet, but get us on:
@allgirlsarsonclub on instagram


MIMR Band Chat: Estates

Band Chat returns for the new year with the 1st of many acts to feature on MIMR in 2020. We begin with indie 3 piece Estates who are one of the most promising new bands around and are touted by many to have a very bright future.

We spoke to the band about their music, influences and future plans

MIMR: Thanks for taking the time out to speak to us, who are Estates and how best would you describe your music?

Estates: Estates are a 3-piece consisting of Mark Bowman, Ben Richardson & Rory McColgan. We describe our music as dancefloor indie music with a bit of an edge.

Photo Credit: Rosy Butcher

MIMR: A new year is always a time of reflection, what were your favourite moments as a band in 2019?

Estates: Well, 2019 was the year of ESTATES with our debut single being released 1st November of which had a better welcome than we had first imagined. We’re still pretty fresh to the scene with not too much to look back on but looking forward to playing some new tunes.

MIMR: What’s the latest with the band and what will this year bring?

Estates: Were pretty much just taking every step as it takes us and trying to move forward with our music and currently back in the studio recording some stuff for a springtime release. We’ve also been working pretty hard to get ourselves playing some live music too, with a few festival slots along the way.

MIMR: Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

Estates: Due to being fresh out the womb, we just want to make sure to push ourselves whilst were still living in the city and making the most of opportunities and contacts that we have.

Photo Credit: Rosy Butcher

MIMR: If you could tour with any band, past or present, which one would it be and why?

Estates: Were a band of huge influences so would love to play with bands from MGMT, The Velvet Underground, Fountains DC to the Strokes

MIMR: It’s been a pleasure having you on the blog, good luck in 2020. How can people follow you on social media?

Estates: Our social media tag is @estates_band and were on all standard social media platforms.

They play at the next Free Vibes gig at Band On The Wall later this month, all details are here.


MIMR Playlist 2020: No.1

We’ve entered a new year and already a treasure trove of new music has been unearthed. Here’s the 1st MIMR Playlist of 2020 with some of the best new music about.

Grotbags ‘Tinder Surprise’

As we get ever closer to the release date of their upcoming album due for a valentine’s day release, Alt-pop frolicking 5 piece Grotbags share us a snapshot from the record with the comical but brilliant ‘Tinder Surprise’

The self-proclaimed ‘Greatest Band In The World’ share their experiences of very unwanted nudes in a very honest way, bellowing out ‘Put Away’ in a adamant way.

The track surges with great gusto with bellowing vocals, thrilling guitars and is a joyous listen. The album follows a similiar pattern with tracks about eggs, overfeeding babies and bunking off work, finally a album that ticks all them boxes.

Head down to their album launch show at Yes in Feb and grab yourself something pink and handy to play with….i’m talking about the record guys, keep it clean.

Saults ‘Proud’

One of Manchester up and coming acts certain to make a big leap in 2020 are Post-punk band Saults who lay down their destructive sound on debut single ‘Proud’ released before xmas.

The Patriotic chant rips through you with bruising beats and a crusendo of hard-hitting riffs that stirs real emotion with their heartfelt, passionate delivery.

Saults will be tearing it up this year, their wild live shows are already one of the hottest tickets in town, experience it for yourselves!

Peaness ‘Kaizen’

A welcome return to the blog to this act, indie-pop trio Peaness release latest track ‘Kaizen’ and it’s another delightful slice of melodic pop that you can bop your head too.

The trio from Chester have a come a long way since releasing debut EP ‘No Fun’ in 2015 but their charming knack of making sweet pop tunes has been relentless, catchy lyrics, fruitful harmonies and more blissfull guitars are heard loud and clear.

With continuous radio air-play and media interest Peaness are here to stay, if there was ever a band to lift you from the gloom then they are perfect!

Cassette Apes ‘Problematic’

One of MIMR’s favourite new acts of 2019 have taken no time at all this year to lay down their marker, electro-punk duo Cassette Apes release EP ‘Don’t Bring a Drum Machine to a Dogfight’ and continue where they left off with more punchy, hynoptic vibes on show.

‘Problematic’ is one of the many treats on the EP and echoes their unique and energised sound. Mesmerising drum machine kicks in, followed by forceful, dominant vocals and piercing, trancey beats that is hard not to loose your mind to.

Cassette Apes are unlike many others duo that MIMR has discovered over the years and it’s tracks like this that should put them on everyone’s essential playlist for this year.

MIMR Review: Narrow Margin ‘Kids Don’t Dance’

Bringing in the new year there’s lots of exciting new music from many of the talented Manchester acts that are planning big things in 2020 and Narrow Margin are certainly one of them acts that will be stamping their mark on the scene.

They release their 1st single with 42s Records today (10th January) ‘Kids Don’t Dance’ which is already a firm favourite at their raw, high-energy gigs and a real dancefloor filler.

The indie-punk 5 piece unleash their sound with catchy lyrics, spiralling guitars and stomping beats aplenty. Influences ranging from The Libertines and local heroes buzzcocks to Manic Street Preachers, Narrow Margin are putting out their frustrations about modern life and are ready, through their music, to take a stand with their many followers in line.

Having already sold out the Deaf Insitute last year, more gigs are already planned for 2020 including their next headline gig at The Bread Shed in March, which is going to go through the roof, the kids defintely will dance!

MIMR Review: The 99 Degree ‘El Monstruo’

A long overdue review of one of MIMR fave records of 2019, having featured in our end of year list released a few weeks ago and been on constant repeat since it’s release in early November, Manchester psych, garage rock 5 piece The 99 Degree unleash their fury on the monster that is ‘El Monstruo’

The thumping drums intro to opening track ‘John The Killer’ sets the eerie and monstrous tone of the record, gritty vocals and striking riffs make a concotion that has a spine-tingling effect.
MIMR fave track ‘Flatline’ is awoken next on the record, stomping along with a effortless breeze of cutting vocals, dark and dingy hooks and a true example of their surf/psych influence, one of many that flutters amongst all the delightful tracks.

Young Flame’ is raw, burning your mind with it’s crunching guitars, haunting beats and more slashing vocals that capture the bands fruitful and varied influences, as well as being a cracking sing-a-long track.

Dead Or Alive’ is a homage to westerns, a theme that flows through ‘El Monstruo’ and it perfectly takes you into their world where duels, sipping whiskey and riding on horseback would be common place.

The record ends with a reprise version of ‘Young Flame’ which is stripped down to the bare bones, tossing about as a joyous, rawcous finale with more gritty vocals and thumping beats and ends with a crusendo of striking riffs that bash your brain to a pulp.

The 99 degree’s return has been much needed and their monstrous sound echoes across Manchester and beyond, the monster has awoken!


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