MIMR Playlist Jan 15th

Idlewild ‘Come on Ghost’

Scottish indie heroes Idlewild make a very welcome return with this fantastic track from their hugely anticipated new album ‘Everything Ever Written’ released Feb 9th. This being their 1st record since 2009 and is marked as a period of transition and a new start for a band who’s career has outlasted many other of their rivals. Check them out on tour in March, this track is a sure thing towards making them shine again, in what is the 20th year as a band

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No Hot Ashes ‘Goose’

Adding to the ever increasing list of Manchester bands making a significant impression on MIMR are No Hot Ashes. Their Funky, stylish pop rock is unique to a lot of their peers and this is even more impressive if u consider how young the band are and how mature their sound actually is and why 2015 will be big for the band. This track was released back in October and it’s positive reception has set up the band as being ones to watch, see them on MIMR again very soon

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Noel Gallagher High Flying Birds ‘Ballad of the Mighty’

Noel Gallagher returns with his high flying birds with this sublime single taken from new album ‘Chasing Yesterday’ released March 2. Ballad of the mighty is out on Feb 23rd and features a special appearance on guitar from Manchester legend Johnny Marr. Their recent collaborations has been a dream team for two of Manchester’s greatest guitar players. Noel has shown that moving away from the pressure of a big band (Oasis) can bring you further success, legendary status confirmed!!

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Episodes ‘Waiting Game’

These indie rockers from Brighton are still fairly early in their development as a band but songs like this bodes well for their future endeavours. ‘Waiting Game’ shows off great guitar hooks and excellent vocal execution which will amaze you baring in mind how young the band are. Keep a very close eye on these guys!!

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Django Django ‘ First Light’

Out last Monday (Jan 12) this is the triumphant return of Django Django. ‘First Light’ hints of psychedelic vibes and comes across as a much harder and darker side to their sound. Their excellent debut record in 2013 still lives long in the memory of many, this new record due out this spring shows the band ever changing sound, whilst still reinforcing what made them such a great band in the past

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MIMR RADAR 11th Jan

MIMR RADAR is back, in 2014 it introduced you to bands like Telegram, The Wytches, Ought and The districts amongst others. This year looks set to be another exciting year for new bands so RADAR will now be a weekly feature every Sunday, bringing you the bands to give a listen or catch them live. As it’s the 1st week I’ve decided to do 2 new bands, enjoy!!

MIMR RADAR presents: Pretty Vicious

Pretty Vicious are a group of young upstarters who look set to put the Welsh town of Merthyr on the map. Their Indie Rock sound (Think Arctic Monkeys crossed with the angst of early Manic Street Preachers) have made them the most talked about band in wales and further afield, with record labels scrambling for their services after just one track. Having only played their 1st gig last month, 2015 is sure to be huge and they start the year with a small tour of Welsh towns including my hometown of Wrexham, expect to see more of these young chaos on the blog very soon!

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Check out their track ‘Cave Song’ here:https://soundcloud.com/prettyviciousuk/cave-song

MIMR RADAR Presents Sunset Sons

This British/Aussie foursome have been on MIMR radar for a few months now and have quickly become one of the bands to watch for 2015. Having already acquired notably success almost a year ago now with ‘Le Surfing’ EP which charted high in the ITunes chart, this led to extensive radio airplay and some well received live performances. Their overall outlook is a breath of fresh air and their sound very melodic and exciting which MIMR agrees with very much. Catch them at a venue near you this year and they will be on MIMR again this year for sure

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Get all the latest news on Sunset Sons here: http://sunsetsons.com

Both this week’s bands feature in MIMR sound of 2015 playlist, have a look here: https://soundcloud.com/user429338240/sets/sound-of-2015

MIMR Band Chat presents: Sweet Deals On Surgery

Sweet Deals On Surgery have only come to light on the blogs radar a short time ago but have already made a lasting impression. Their raw and energised sound brings MIMR to its knees and puts them up there with a small group of Manchester bands that have made a impact on the blog since its birth

In this Band Chat I spoke to the band about a host of things, they talk about their DIY methods, the great support of promoters and their love for chicken

MIMR: So how did your name come about?

SDOS: Yeh, this ones easy. Its a song by a D.C band called Burning Airlines (formerly Jawbox). We asked J Robbins from the band if we could use it as our band name and he said yes, turns out he’d nicked it from a band called Kerosene 454.

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MIMR: What’s your objectives when you write your music and what are your influences?

SDOS: Rob is the main songwriter in terms of lyrics and basic melodies. He’ll come to practise with a song, or part of a song and then me and Tim will go to work on it. Its a dynamic that has turned out to be fruitful and very efficient. I enjoy arranging songs and Rob likes to sit back from that process. We try to keep some running themes in the arrangement of SDOS songs, those being of energy, a certain amount of informed naievity, and playfulness. For instance certain beats are played to imitate a badly sequenced yet over quantized and almost boring drum track. Its not a band where just anything goes. We don’t want to end up a mish mash of all our influences, which are really varied. Me and Tim have Brass Band backgrounds and me and Rob have done solo electronic projects and much more. We have a visions of noisy, punky, scuzzy, obnoxious, lyrically poignant but not preachy, songs and we’ll try and keep to those ideas without stifling ourselves.

MIMR: Your latest EP has a very polished feel to it, while still keeping your intense, raw energy, how did the recording of these songs come about and were their any difficulties involved in its production?

SDOS: It’s interesting you should describe it as polished, when the whole record was a compromise really. We recorded the whole thing with only two microphones and a laptop. DIY to say the least. It was an experiment, just to see if we could, and with a bunch of masking tape, some elastic bands and an old sock, we did. The big studio album will be recorded in a few weeks time. However, yes, we did come into some problems recording ‘Total Reek Hole’. Rob punched his Mac to death so we lost all the drum recordings for his microphone. We have both been prone to tantrums occasionally and this was one of them. However we hugged and made up but couldn’t resuscitate the Mac. So what started out as a cost free recording suddenly became very expensive.

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

SDOS: Well SDOS have only been gigging since September so we’ve not got loads to choose from. I’d say the Star And Garter at the end of November was brilliant, great sound and everyone was dancing! A shout out to all the promoters that have put us on seems appropriate, thanks to Party Hard, Carefully Planned, Turn It Out, Picture Sound, Hello Bastards, Classic Scum, Love Music Promotions. We should say that if your ever in Preston though, go to The Ferret! Not just because it’s a great venue but you’ll probably see Timble our drummer kicking some doors in and being generally smashed and awesome.

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MIMR: What highlights as a band did you have last year?

SDOS: Playing our music to lovely people and the great reaction we’ve had already. Also we had this Spanish couple come up to us after a show in Liverpool and say we we’re going to be big and that they loved our record and they’d come specifically to watch us!It was our first gig there! that was cool.

MIMR: What can MIMR followers expect from the band this year?

SDOS: A full length album to start with! We’re really excited to be recording at Queen Ark Studio in Levenshulme with Karl Sviensson. One of the most talented studio engineers/producers we know. Also we’ll hope to be recording some ridiculous videos and hopefully working with our label Sister9 Records some more too. Also loads more songs and better noisier distortion pedals. MAMMOTH!!

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MIMR: Do any of you guys have any special talents…..apart from musically of course?

SDOS: Tim is the champion of Analogue Segway Pumping and Alex and Rob have a special talent for fried chicken consumption. Eating fried chicken in the shower is a very special talent.

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MIMR: Thanks for chatting to MIMR. Any other bands that you reckon MIMR should look out for?

SDOS: Not all local but here’s some off the top of my brainbox….Groves, E Numbers, Young Mountains, Blood Lips, 12 Rods, Hum, Bad Grammar, Monoganon, Pictish Trail, Trojan Horse, Duke Mercury, Jackpot Golden Boys, Hyena Kill, Venkman, Sunset Cinema Club, IEPI, Mouses (on our label), Toubadors Grave (Alex’s pick of 2014), 1.21 Gigawatts! Thanks for your interest in our band MIMR

Thanks goes to the guys from Sweet Deals On Surgery for chatting to MIMR, they will closely followed on the blog this year, I’m sure of it!

As always here are the essential links:

FB: https://m.facebook.com/sweetdealsonsurgery?refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fsweetdealsonsurgery

Bandcamp (where you can listen too and buy ‘Total Reek Hole’ EP): http://shop.sister9.com/album/total-reek-hole-ep

MIMR Band Chat Presents: Mowbird

Mowbird are Ben Sawin (vocals,guitar) Mike Smith (bass) Suzanne Dempsey (organ/vocals) and Ben Trow (drums/vocals)

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I spoke to Ben from the band, he shared with us the makings of ‘Islander, return to gigging in 2015 and the bands to follow in and around Wrexham

MIMR: So first up, who are Mowbird and if you had to pitch the band in a sort of Dragon’s Den scenario how you best describe the band?

Ben: We are a four-piece from Wrexham and I would describe us as seasoned interdimensional warriors with a predilection for creation and destruction. I’d love to describe that, straight-faced, armed with a PowerPoint, to Bannatyne and see how furious his scowl becomes.

MIMR: The ‘Islander’ record is a right gem with superb production quality throughout. How did it come together and was their anything different you did compared to previous recordings?

Ben: Thanks! We recorded Islander ourselves underground, in a concrete practise room (in just over 12 hours) under the roads in Liverpool. Islander was our third attempt at recording an album, so we were pretty pleased with just getting it completed and then with how organic and honest it sounded. We’ve steadily progressed from recording with Guitar Hero USB microphones into Garageband to using four-track cassettes and then to Logic/Pro Tools. We’re always looking to learn more and more about capturing sounds so that we have a really deep understanding of what we’re actually doing, rather than just handing everything over to someone behind a big desk

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MIMR: MIMR favourite track of the record is ‘Happy Active Horse Organ’ is there any songs that you know get the best response from the crowd at your gigs?

Ben: Not really, unfortunately we’re usually concentrating super hard on playing the songs right to pick up on anything like that! It’s always fun when an audience responds to your performance, but it’s important that we play for each other on stage first and foremost in order for anything to translate positively and enjoyably for an audience.

MIMR: Looking at your Twitter page there appears to be some exciting times for the band, can you tell MIMR what your plans are for 2015?

Ben: We are planning on having a total blast in 2015. We’re recording our second album later this month (January/February) with JT from Islet, who produced our single with Sweet Baboo – we’re very fortunate to have received a grant from the Launchpad Fund which is part of the Horizons Project, a partnership between BBC & Arts Council of Wales, to produce the second album. We’re really great at looking after our artists and creators here in Wales.

We’ll be returning to live performances with some really righteous shows after taking the majority of last year off due to illness and surgery – 2015 is also our fifth year of existence, so no doubt there will be a big party somewhere.

MIMR: Having very close ties in Wrexham I’ve always thought there’s been a music scene to be proud of from such a small town. Do u agree and if so what bands from Wrexham do you follow?

Ben: After a little lull, Wrexham’s music scene is kicking on again and it’s really great to see bands just getting stuff done – whether it’s DIY or punk or whatever, it doesn’t really matter.

Bands-wise, *deep breath* we like:

Seazoo (which has Ben Trow & Mike Smith from Mowbird in!), Lovers Open Fire, Baby Brave (which has our old drummer Mike Jones in!), The Roseville Band are doing phenomenal things over in America & Canada, Falls (although they’re from Flintshire really), A Winning Pair, Doppleganger, Baron La Croix and Orient Machine.

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

Ben: We’ve got a couple – The Gold Rooms in Glasgow and Tangled Parrot in Carmarthen.

Thanks to Ben for speaking to MIMR, look out for MIMR coverage of Focus Wales, Mowbird will surely be ones to watch. Here are all the essential links:

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~UPCOMING SHOWS~2015~ 13th Feb : From Now On, Cardiff // 3rd April : Wales Goes Pop, Cardiff // 23rd April : Focus Wales, Wrexham

Lady Lion (feat. Sweet Baboo) out now via Bandcamp
Debut album Islander out now via Shape Records // Vinyl / iTunes

Bandcamp // Twitter // Tumblr

MIMR Playlist 8th January:

Yes!! It’s finally back after a 6 week break (Mainly due to MIMR top 50 albums list) MIMR Playlist is here, bringing you the best tracks every Thursday. Here’s the 1st selection of 2015, enjoy!!

1. Jaws – Be Slowly

Taken from their album released 14th September last year, it appeared that this band from Birmingham slipped away from MIMR radar first time round. Their jangly, infectious indie pop and their ‘The Cure’ like qualities make them one of the hottest tickets in town in 2015, check them out at a venue near you soon!

2. Gaz Coombes – 20/20

The second solo album by former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes will be called Matador and comes to us all on Jan 26. The follow up to 2012 critically acclaimed ‘Here comes the Fruit record’ The 2nd track taken from the new record shows that this could be his best work, a European tour accompanies the album throughout February

3. Jack Reid & The Black Whip – Congress Vampires

Pleased to see another Manchester act join the many previous bands to feature on the playlist. JRTBW are a psychedelic/ Krautrock band, that deliver a lot of punch on their Congress Vampires EP released November last year. Their hard work as paid off and the title track is a classic sing-a-long track, full of good vibes and atmospheric tones, good job!

4. Los Trasgos Muertos – Backdown

Manchester keeping churning out great new music and Los Trasgos Muertos are no exception. These Psych Rockers are full of rich melodies and a stylish output which makes for a winning formula. This track certainly gets stuck in your head…’you gotta backdown, backdown, backdown’…..

5. Sweet Deals On Surgery – Speed Date Yr Way To Fame

Noise pop at its very best by these guys from Manchester via Preston. Sweet deals have only been gigging since September but already have turned many heads, with their EP ‘Total reek Hole’ coming to our attention in December, packed full of intense and raw energy. MIMR anticipates getting to see them live very soon and with a full length album in the near future, 2015 looks like it will be sweet. Also watch out for MIMR Band Chat with the band on the blog this week!

MIMR Band Chat Presents: Bad Grammar

It’s 2015 on MIMR Band Chat and what better way to start it that with Manchester duo Bad Grammar. They have taken the Manchester scene by storm in 2014 and their EP ‘Forced Fun’ was a explosive record, which showcased their talents as a force to be reckoned with

I spoke to the band recently and they shared with MIMR the good words of the EP, their future plans and some maypole dancing

MIMR: Is there a specific genre of music you would attach yourself to?

BG: I’d say fundamentally we’re a rock band, but we take a lot of cues from a lot of different genres and artists. As individuals we have quite eclectic tastes so we always try and incorporate something different with each song we write. I guess we’ve just always tried to make a sound as loud and heavy as two people can! “Lucy’s in a heavy metal band called Bad Manners” – my Dad.

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MIMR: Are you happy with the reception that the ‘Forced Fun’ EP has received?

BG: Absolutely. We’re still a very small band but the response we’ve had has been amazing & dead humbling. We’ve played a lot of festivals & out of town shows since the release which has helped a lot, as well as the support we’ve had from various blogs & radio. Our label, Flatpack, have been great to us. They’ve been so passionate about the release and have put a lot of time & effort into getting the reach we wanted. Having the video for Temper Temper on Vevo was a massive help to us also, we didn’t imagine we’d have over 25,000 views on that less than a year later.

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MIMR: What’s your favourite place in Manchester to gig?

BG: The Castle Hotel! We’ve played there many times, including our first Manchester show & EP launch in March. Our next single launch will be there too, actually! Friday 27th March, save the date. I think it’s 70 capacity, but get 20 people in the room and it looks like a sell-out. There’s a real intimacy to it that we love. The sound is always spot on for us & has the absolute best team of sound engineers. It looks pretty too.

MIMR: With so many two-piece bands making it big in 2014: Royal Blood, Drenge, Slaves etc, what do you think make this dynamic so successful?

BG: Good question! I’ve got so much time for two pieces. It’s a generalisation, but I think the stage presence of duos is a lot more interesting to watch. I find it more personal & there’s always such a lot of energy. We like to think our sound is just as big as it would be if we were a 3 or 4 piece. Guitar pedals are magical, aren’t they? When we first started, Ben only used 1 pedal, but he’s slowly becoming a guitar geek slash fanboy; Dan from Cleft who recorded Forced Fun has given him a few pointers, Cleft are next-level good. We have so much love for those 3 you’ve listed & we’ve been fortunate to play with all of them. Although they’re duos, their setups are all different & it works brilliantly. Just the two of you makes travelling easier too, we tour in a Nissan Micra.

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MIMR: What can we expect from Bad Grammar in 2015?

BG: We’re releasing a new single in the Spring with Flatpack! We’ve been holding back the tracks for ages so it’ll be a massive relief to finally get them out. At the moment, we’ve just planned for it to be digital only but who knows. We’ll continue to play as many shows & festivals as possible. At the moment we’re planning our first tour for March which is exciting. We’ve not played more than 2 consecutive dates so far so let’s see if we’re still friends by the end of a tour tour.

MIMR: Finally to finish the interview, do you have any special talents that people might not know about?

BG: Ben can maypole dance. Lucy can swim 200 metres.

Thanks again to Bad Grammar for taking the time to speak to MIMR, you be hearing a lot more from them on the blog in 2015, get down to a show if u can

Here are the essential links:

FB: https://m.facebook.com/badgrammaruk?refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fbadgrammaruk

TWITTER: https://mobile.twitter.com/badgrammarband

SOUNDCLOUD: https://m.soundcloud.com/badgrammar

MIMR Band Chat presents: The Mantells

The Mantells are a Manchester band who MIMR have followed for a while now. The catchy hooks and tight vocals of their ‘How To Say It’ EP was played so many times here at MIMR and with a new single out too, it’s very exciting times for this classic indie band

I got the chance to speak to the band as they gear up for their xmas show, they also share with us their influences, memorable gigs and their new single too

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MIMR: Hey guys, tell us about the origins of The Mantells?

The Mantells: The band came together around a year ago, I have known Tom for a whilst, we played in a band together until it split, then we decided to make a fresh start, filling out toms acoustic songs with drums and bass.

MIMR: What influences do you have on your music and are their any bands around currently that you aspire too?

The Mantells: I think we all listen to different music, but as a band are going in a similar direction, Tom has an idea how he wants Lewis’ drums to sound, Lewis likes dissecting Toms lyrics, and although I’m on bass I seem to end up taking chord structures apart, but between us we manage to muddle through. At the moment we all seem to like catfish and the bottlemen, they are doing really well for themselves, it’s just a really good, raw sound.

MIMR: If you guys could pick any song you could of taken credit for which one would it be?

The Mantells: That’s a tough one, I think taking a John Cooper Clarke poem and turning into a love song takes some balls, points to the arctic monkeys on that, I wanna be yours, really works

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MIMR: Take us through the story behind new single ‘Men in Suits’ and how do your lyrics come about for your songs?

The Mantells: People seem to take different meaning from the song, we have been asked if the song is having a pop at the people in the music industry, although I didn’t write the song, I think its more questioning what the 9 til 5 is about, and like the well known philosopher Christopher George Latore Wallace once said, Mo money, Mo problems

MIMR: Which gig have you played that have been the most memorable?

The Mantells: They are all memorable for different reasons, our first gig out of Manchester was an experience, our EP launch at the castle on Oldham street was ram packed, it made for a brilliant night, this year we have ticked off a lot of venues that we wanted to play, we have one big gig lined up for the new year, the Manchester academy on 14th March, supporting glass caves, so hopefully things are only gonna get bigger and better!

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MIMR: Is it true to say that social media plays a big part in the success of any band?

The Mantells: yes, we have a facebook, twitter, instagram, youtube, soundcloud, reverb nation, wordpress etc, I think the arctic monkeys were lucky there was only myspace around!
Its brilliant that we can get our music out and heard by people all over the world.

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MIMR: Can you tell MIMR about this single launch night you’ve got planned before xmas?

The Mantells: Yeh, we are having a big Christmas blow out, to celebrate releasing our first single, to get everyone together and have a good old boogie. The night is the Saturday 20/12/14 at the ‘Uglyman office Christmas party’ at the Night and Day Cafe on Oldham street Manchester. Get yourself down the Christmas markets, couple of mulled wines early doors and come over for a dance!

Thanks to The Mantells for talking to MIMR, I hope to be at their xmas gig but certainly will be following them again here on MIMR, we constantly push the Manchester music scene, it’s looking pretty good at the moment, check out The Mantells, here are the links you need to know:

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/TheMantells?refsrc=https://www.facebook.com/TheMantells

Soundcloud: https://m.soundcloud.com/themantells

The Mantells blog: http://themantells.wordpress.com

Buy their new single ‘Men in Suits’ here: Men in Suits – Single by The Mantells
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MIMR Band Chat presents: Two Cheers

Two Cheers are a great example of infectious pop rock, vocals to give you goose pimples and emotionally charged songs to make you smile. Hailing from Los Angeles (yes MIMR is going international now hehe) they released they’re debut record in the summer of this year and it made the top 20 of MIMR top 50 albums so you know it’s worth having a listen

I got the chance to speak to singer Bryan about the band’s work on the 2nd album, their influences and a very family Christmas

MIMR: What’s your favourite part about being in Two Cheers?

Bryan: I had been trying to make music and write songs by myself for a long time in between my college band (The Broad Daylights) and Two Cheers, and it was a really lonely time. I wasn’t writing good songs, I wasn’t singing well, nobody really cared, and I had no confidence. Then, around the time I met Mitchell and we started talking about music we liked and about starting a band, something started to click for me and the whole thing started to work again. I started to come up with better music and better lyrics, but I also started to have more fun and feel more confident. So, that is extremely important because music is my whole life — if I can’t have fun and feel good doing it I am really lost. It was a similar situation for Mitchell; he had a band in college that broke up and then he moved out here to LA from Florida and it took him a long time to be in a place to start making music again, he had kind of lost touch with it, and when we started making music he started to remember how important it was to him. He told me music is one of the pillars of his life now and that is how I feel too. So, Two Cheers is very important to us. I hope it lasts forever. That’s what the song ‘Keep On Calling’ is all about!

MIMR: Your record is top notch! What influences did you have whilst making it and did it come together the way you planned?

Bryan: For the first album I was working mostly on my own, because Mitchell and I had only just started playing together, and we hadn’t quite gotten our chops up together yet. I think my main influences are a combination of really big time artists like The Beach Boys, David Bowie, Van Morrison, The Cure, Bjork, and Prince especially, and lots of less well-known artists like The Sundays, Mark Geary, Microphones, Nick Drake, Number Girl (from Japan), and Thursday. Mitchell’s influences are bands like Wolf Parade, Haim, Angel Olsen, Blood Orange, Real Estate, Bon Iver, St Lucia, War On Drugs… Lots of new stuff that I like but haven’t fully caught up with yet.

Actually, the album didn’t really come together as planned… On one level I am happy with it, like sonically and aesthetically it really works. My friend John O’Reilly Jr’s interpretations of my drum machine beats are really ingenious and really brought the songs to life. Also, it was the first time I was able to record an album that my friends and family really liked, and it was a breakthrough in that way for me. On the other hand, I wish I had been able to spend more time on the songs — working out the kinks, rewriting some of the lyrics, getting better takes of the vocals, incorporating more improvisation… I was working full time at a cosmetics lab during the recording of these songs, but I was also putting pressure on myself to get it done, so I squeezed it all into nights and weekends. For instance, I ended up doing most of the vocals in one weekend. I learned so much though; technical things about engineering, mixing, and how my voice works, but also emotional things about what making music means to me. Doing it and having people accept it and respond well to it changed my life and gave me more confidence. I am typically really hard on myself and I need to hear from people to get perspective. Still, part of me wants to go back and redo a few of the songs from the first album knowing what I know now… just for my own satisfaction… That could still happen, but for now we are moving on.

MIMR: MIMR is dying to know if they’re are any plans to play any shows in the U.K in the near future?

Bryan: Not the near future, unfortunately. But someday we will… Maybe in a year or two when we’ve got our operation totally up and running here in the States! We are still a little green. Mitchell and I joined up around late Winter 2014 and we didn’t get the rest of the band together until August 2014 or so. In 2015 I hope we can tour the States, and then maybe next year a small UK tour will be in order. I love a lot of the music coming out of there now and I think we’d fit right in. Plus, I am a Scotch drinker so I want to visit some distilleries!

MIMR: what’s the reception been of your album whilst on the road since its release?

Bryan: We haven’t quite even gotten on the road. We finished the first album in June 2014, but while it was being mixed, Mitchell and I started writing and recording a bunch of new songs. The new material is really, really exciting for us and really lends itself to live performance. So, we’ve kind of made a decision to finish this next album too and make it part of the band before embarking on a tour. I think the new music is a lot closer to what we want our band to be about musically and spiritually, but it still captures a lot of the elements that made the first album good. Anyway, the response so far to the album, the live shows, and the new material has been really encouraging. I think we are getting better every week.

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MIMR: Are their any funny gig stories you can share with MIMR?

Bryan: Nothing particularly hilarious yet… At the last show someone in the audience started hooting during a guitar solo I was trying to do. It was so loud that I thought I was hitting wrong notes so I ended up played something very different than I usually play… And then I realized it was one of our friends in the front row hooting and I cracked up a bit.

MIMR: What will 2015 bring for Two Cheers?

Bryan: We will probably be wrapping up the mixing and mastering of our second album, playing lots of shows around Los Angeles and up and down the West Coast, and writing even more songs! We have amassed a huge catalog of song ideas, and since I’ve essentially built a small recording studio in my house we have the freedom to record whenever we want and for free, so I see us putting out a lot of music and really expanding on our sound. I am hoping we can tour in the Summer but it takes time for a band to get to the point a tour makes sense.

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MIMR: Thanks for talking to MIMR, what are your plans for xmas?

Bryan: Well, I will be recording vocals for the next album! Actually we are racing to come up with a Christmas song before the big day! Meanwhile, it will be my parents’ last Christmas in California before they move back to the Midwest and my sister is back after several years living in Japan, so we are going to have something of a family reunion. As for Mitchell, it’s his first Christmas as a married man!

MIMR would like to thank Bryan for giving us his time during a very busy period for Two Cheers, if u haven’t yet checked them out, do it before they make it big. MIMR can’t wait till their next record

Check this track recently made available on soundcloud

And here’s their main web page:
http://two-cheers.com

And finally their Facebook page, give them a like here:
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MIMR Albums of the Year 2014: 10-1

Here it is then, the wait is over, here’s MIMR’s Top ten albums of this year:

10. Mazes ‘Wooden Aquarium’

Release date: 5th September

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9. Horsebeach ‘Horsebeach’

Release date: 28th July

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8. Superfood ‘Don’t Say That’

Release date: 3rd November

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7. Happyness ‘Weird Little Birthday’

Release date: 16th June

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6. Royal Blood ‘Royal Blood’

Release date: 22nd August

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5. Parquet Courts ‘Sunbathing Animal’

Release date: 2nd August

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4. Real Estate ‘Atlas’

Release date: 3rd March

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3. Avi Buffalo ‘At Best Cuckold’

Release date: 9th September

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2. Damon Albarn ‘Everyday Robots’

Release date: 25th April

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1. Mac Demarco ‘Salad Days’

Release date: 1st April

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So there you go Mac Demarco excellent ‘Salad Days’ is top of the list for this year….according to MIMR anyway. Make sure to check out my playlist to accompany my top 50 albums on my YouTube channel coming very soon, till next year!

MIMR Albums of the Year 2014: 20-11

20. Twin Peaks ‘Wild Onion’

Release date: 20th October

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19. Interpol ‘El Pintor’

Release date: 5th September

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18. Two Cheers ‘Two Cheers’

Release date: 24th June

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17. Angel Olsen ‘Burn Your Fire For No Witness

Release date: 18th February

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16. Gruff Rhys ‘American Interior’

Release date: 2nd May

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15. The Wytches ‘Annabel Dream Reader’

Release date: 22nd August

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14. Temples ‘Sun Structures’

Release date: 10th February

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13. Honeyblood ‘Honeyblood’

Release date: 11th July

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12. Johnny Marr ‘Playland’

Release date: 3rd October

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11. Hookworms ‘The Hum’

Release date: 10th November

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