MIMR Band Chat: Bones Shake

Ahead of their gig supporting Mothers in Manchester next week (27.11) gritty, blues maestros Bones Shake spoke to MIMR about what to expect from the trio at The Castle on 27th

Lead singer David explains all

MIMR: MIMR presents Manchester’s Bones Shake to the blog, cheers for being here. Whats 2015 been like for the band?

David: Really good, released the album in the new year and then we’ve just been gigging incessantly since then. Highlight was probably the weeklong tour of France in Summer, they seemed to like us over there. Being a huge Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers fan it was also pretty special supporting Walter Lure on the Manchester leg of his tour.

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MIMR: Were you happy with the reception the ‘Kicks’ record received? Its damn awesome btw

David: Thanks very much! That’s the first bit of feedback we’ve had so yeah, we’re pretty happy. ‘Kicks’ was difficult for us to make, we hate polished studio recordings we wanted to capture the feel of the live shows so it was recorded it live in one day. We’re all pleased with it and we assume everyone else is too. Our new album ‘Junk’ is out in the new year on Abattoir Blues Records.

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MIMR: What creative influences do you have on your sound as a band?

David: Mainly blues, trash and punk artists such as The Stooges, New York Dolls,  The Fall, The Birthday Party, JSBX to name but a few. We like bands where even on record you can feel the intensity, the menace and the sheer raw power of the music. They’re the all or nothing bands, they play and perform like their lives depended on it. We try and carry that over into our music, if we look and sound like we like don’t give a fuck then why should we expect anyone else to.

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MIMR: What’s your favourite Manchester venue you’ve played?

David: Any venue where there’s minimal separation between us and the audience so we can really bring the performance to you but Soup Kitchen’s probably our current favourite. It’s dingy which suits us and the sound’s great. You can catch us there on Jan 24th supporting Night Beats, an awesome psych, garage band from Seattle.

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MIMR: Thanks for sharing with MIMR, i’m spreading the word around the city of you guys. Are they’re any other upcoming bands that you like?

David: Any artists currently on Abattoir Blues Records, check it out at http://www.abattoirblues.com and listen for yourselves, then buy all their stuff….and ours, it’s awesome (see question 2)

Here’s all the info you need for the Big Muff Promotions gig next week, its going to be a bit special

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Have a look at recent MIMR Band Chat with Headline Act Mothers here

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MIMR Band Chat: Junk

This Edgy Indie pop duo from York are currently struting their stuff with a string of dates around the UK and certainly not a band to be missed. Junk headline Big Muff Promotions gig at Fallow Cafe (19/11) and MIMR will be there to grab all the highlights from the evening

I was very lucky to get a few words with Estella from the band ahead of their Manchester show

MIMR: Welcome to MIMR, who are Junk and what influences do you have on your sound?

Estella: Hey there! JUNK. are Estella Adeyeri and Danny Barton. Our influences are noise-pop garagey-type stuff with a hint of 60s girl groups in there.

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MIMR: This year must of been pretty busy with the release of your 2nd EP ‘Liquorice’ in May. Tell us how the EP came together and what changes in approach did you make with this record

Estella: We mostly kept to the same DIY ethos that we had for our first EP, ‘Car’ – we recorded it all ourselves, Danny mixed all of the tracks and his brother James mastered the EP. ‘Car’ was recorded in an artist’s studio, whereas ‘Liquorice’ was recorded at our local rehearsal space Melrose Yard so I think it maybe sounds a little bit tidier than our first effort as we got to use all Melrose’s nice gear, and use a drum kit that wasn’t falling apart (Danny’s kit has a floor tom that just topples over at random, comical but not really conducive to the task at hand).

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The songs where I sing lead on ‘Liquorice’ are more mellow than the first EP too I think. Things have been pretty steady since the release of ‘Liquorice’, we’re on a little mini-tour this month in support of the recent release of our 2nd single from it, ‘Dennis Wilson’. I think this November has been our busiest period gig-wise this year, and we’re loving it!

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MIMR: Whats been your most memorable gig this year?

Estella: It’s hard to pick just one really! Indietracks was a highlight for me (Estella) – we played the Church Stage, in front of pews of people politely watching which was nice but quite surreal! The whole festival just has a really great positive vibe to it, and we saw loads of great bands so it holds a lot of good memories for me. We played the Brudenell for the first time this Halloween, which is a local-ish venue to us that we love so that was really exciting, the line-up was insanely good too (Metz, Mitski, Protomartyr, Crows etc). Also playing with The Go! Team was another favourite – they are incredible live, they’re all ridiculously talented multi-instrumentalists and had the whole venue dancing. (I’m aware this is three gigs now and not one, sorry, but 2015’s been surprisingly good to us!)

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MIMR: Are they’re any bands you’ve played with recently that you recommend MIMR checks out?

Estella: Yeah loads but I’ll try not to waffle on! Most recently Don’t, who are on the same label as us (Chud Records, a Leeds-based cassette label), Eugene Gorgeous (from York – really young and really good), The Graphite Set (London-based), Chorusgirl (London-based with a great new album out on Fortuna Pop, we play their album launch the night before we head to Manchester).

MIMR: Thanks for talking to MIMR, looking forward to seeing you play in Manchester, hope the other gigs are going well. What does the band do between shows to relax?

Estella: We’re both in other bands too so that keeps us pretty busy! Otherwise just hanging out with friends, having a few drinks always goes down well, also supporting our friends’ creative projects and going to see other bands.

Pop along to this gig tomorrow evening, you won’t regret it

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Check out all the pics from the gig on the blog this week

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MIMR Band Chat: Mothers

MIMR Band Chat is back and we are here to introduce the fantastic Mothers. They play The Castle, Manchester on the 27th of this month as the headline act for Big Muff Promotions, it’s got the makings of a great night

I spoke to Roanne from the band about this year and what to expect from Mothers at The Castle next week

MIMR: Thanks for talking to us, who are Mothers and how best would you describe your sound?

Roanne: Mothers are Jack Evans, Roanne Wood and Lewis O’Neill and we’re a Noise Rock Trio from Widnes. Our sound is very much guitar based with super duper drums coming from our amazing drummer Lew. We like to play loud.

MIMR: Whats the latest with the band and has 2015 treated you well?

Roanne: 2015 has been an important year for us. We changed our name to Mothers on 1st January 2015 and it couldn’t have gone better. We’re treated like this new band that people kinda know about. We have changed our sound slightly from when we were called Aeroplane Flies High. You can tell it’s the same band but I guess it’s not as ‘pop’. If it ever was pop? We’re just playing music we want to hear which is really noisy guitar music. But 2015 is the year we started Recording our debut album at Brock N Broll with Whalley the nicest guy ever. All music and Vox are done, just going in at the weekend to go over mixing. It will be out mid 2016 on Mountains Of Records on Vinyl and CD. WE CAN’T WAIT.
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MIMR: You recently played the ACP festival in Manchester, how did that go and do you enjoy playing in Manchester?

Roanne: We love playing in Manchester. It’s got a great music scene and of course lots of cool venues. ACP went amazingly well. We love Matthew and everything about ACP. We played the previous year which was also a fantastic gig so we weren’t expecting to play this year. Lucky for us a band pulled out so we got asked. The show was boss, lots of people, great sound, great sound guy, couple of free beers! The crowd were made up with us, so what more could you ask for? Also a lot of our friends play ACP so it was fun seeing them. We’re playing in Manchester a couple of times this month. We’re supporting Teeth of Sea and Hey Colossus this Friday at Islington Mill and the following Friday we’re playing  a Big Muff Show at The Castle.

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MIMR: What records of this year have you enjoyed listening to?

Roanne: For me personally it has to be Wolf Alice. I’m really bad with new music and I often have a stubborn approach to it. All these new bands you hear that just sound like some other band I like from the 90s so why would I want to listen to the new version? But yeah, I really enjoy Wolf Alice’s album ‘My Love Is Cool’ from start to finish. It’s really well put together and you have to enjoy an over produced album every now and then. They’re a great band and they’ve been touring loads, write great songs and don’t sound like anyone who is out at the minute so I think they deserve all the great cred they’ve been getting.
I’ve also enjoyed both USA Nails albums. They’re boss! If I was to speak for the lads, Lew is well into Mac De Marco and Jack doesn’t really listen to a lot of new music either but I know they both love the USA Nails album too. Jack likes bands like Trumans Water, Part Chimp, Glenn Branca! OHHHH and The Lovely Eggs – This Is Our Nowhere was released this year and that’s bloody sooo good. What a great band. We will always send love out to our bezzies Stilts who are also working on their debut.

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MIMR: Whats been your favourite gig venue you’ve played?

Roanne: We love JT Soar in Nottingham, it’s a tiny little ex fruit and Veg warehouse with DIY ethics. It’s always a good night there and we get to play as loud as we want which is always good. The Brudenell Social Club is THE venue though, right? We would play there every day if we could.

MIMR: Thanks once again for chatting with us, we look forward to your gig at The Castle. Do any of the band have any pre-gig routines or superstitions before going on stage?

Roanne: haha, that’s an interesting question! ermm, the band in general consists of a lot of trumps (not from my behalf) so that wouldn’t be any different I suppose. When we arrive at a venue, the first thing Lew wants to know if there’s stairs to the venue or not. If there is, it’s going to be a bad night. If not, it’s a good night. (this is a joke) But it’s due to our big cabs haha. Sometimes once we’re on stage, before we play the first song we all join our devil horns like some rock ritual.

Check this gig out and come down and join us!
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More interviews from the other acts playing The Castle gig coming soon to the blog

MIMR Gig Gallery: Tuff Love

MIMR finally got to see Scottish indie trio Tuff Love when they played The Castle, Manchester (14/11) and they played a brilliant set. Their set featured tracks from all 3 EP’s including their recently released ‘Dregs‘ EP which is a sweet record and must listen

Here are some highlights from the gig

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MIMR Review: Baby Brave ‘Tacky Birthday

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Release Date: 21st November

Record Label: Drum With Our Hands

It’s safe to say that MIMR has been waiting on tenderhooks for this record and finally my favourite noise-pop four piece have delivered this superb 2nd EP ‘Tacky Birthday’ released through the fantastic Drum With Our Hands. The follow up to the Wrexham quartet’s debut EP ‘King Horse’ has unleashed a bolder, more explosive sound which grips you tight and doesn’t cease to loosen throughout 5 mesmerising tracks.

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Alone in Tokyo” is the opening track to strut its stuff and from first beat to last makes a lasting impression. Blistering vocals and grinding riffs make for a uplifting spectacle and its striking harmonies that make it pleasing to the ears. Next up at the party is the infectious ‘Rock Paper Scissors’ which begins with delightful vocals and delicate grooves which are suddenly taken over by the powerful, heavier elements of Baby Brave that are executed perfectly.

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‘Shinichi Kudo’ continues the excellent work that has been achieved with this record. The track glides along with blissful melodies and cutting guitars and takes you on a enjoyable and rich journey into what makes Baby Brave such a breath of fresh air. ‘Traxx’ kicks in with clinical, crisp vocals and a instant feeling of joy is felt which is evident throughout listening to the entire EP.

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The climax to ‘Tacky Birthday’ is the piercing and effortlessly brilliant ‘Mimic My Shins’ and it grabs you immediately, engulfing you into Baby Brave’s spell. Its just a very good pop song with heartfelt meaning and  perfectly brings the curtain down on a record which can’t help but make you smile and feel about the world, come on everyone join the party!

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MIMR Gig Gallery: Random White feat. President Ray-Gun

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Its always a joy to see new music events happening around Manchester and with MIMR embarking on some events of our own in the near future, expect to see more exciting gigs featured on the blog over the next few months

The Thirsty Scholar pub, near the Oxford Rd train station is the location for this brand new monthly gig night hosted by local indie band Random White, who themselves headlined the 1st event. Support on the night came from the impressive Dead Circus and MIMR new faves President Ray-Gun who play the next MIMR Sunday Sessions in a few weeks

Expect to see the Random White nights featured on the blog in the future and was a great night with some quality bands

Here are some highlights from the gig

Dead Circus

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President Ray-Gun

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Random White

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Thanks once again to Sam and the guys for putting on a super night. Check them out on social media and get down to the next night next month

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MIMR Gig Gallery: Get Inuit

Hot off the back of their rousing set at the recent ACP Festival, Get Inuit returned to Manchester once again for another chance to show what they’re all about and it was another entertaining slot at Soup Kitchen. Their new EP ‘Luge Lessons’ has been a MIMR favourite since its release and more impressive live shows like this one can only mean good things coming to Get Inuit in the future.

Here are some highlights from their set

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