MIMR Band Chat presents: Kidsmoke

It’s safe to say that I’ve been looking forward to this band appearing on MIMR for quite a while now, introducing Kidsmoke, a alternative band who’s fantastic stage presence and excellent songwriting will surely reap the rewards in 2015, if there’s one band I want everyone to get behind its these guys

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MIMR was privileged to get a few words from Lead singer and good friend Lance Williams, in this interview lance talks about the new EP, the joys of Manchester gig scene and 2014 being a great year for music

MIMR: Hey lance, what you up to today?

Lance: Hey MIMR, I’ve woken up with a stinkin’ cold this morning but I’ve got some time to myself today so I’m going to work on a few new songs we’ve got in the works.

MIMR: What’s the latest with the band, everyone happy?

Lance: Yeah everyone is good. We’ve just finished recording our new EP, it’s being mixed at the moment so we’re busy sorting out the artwork, videos and all the other stuff that comes with releasing a record. We have a couple of shows coming up in December after a bit of time away from playing live and we’ve had a couple of changes within the band, so we’ve been rehearsing to make sure we’re up to scratch for the gigs.

MIMR: With fellow band members living in Manchester, do u think it’s the best place to gig or is there another place or venue that are good for you?

Lance: Manchester is a great place to play, since we started Kidsmoke most of our shows have been there. Since releasing our debut EP ‘Higher’ we’ve had a great deal more attention than we’ve ever had in previous bands we’ve been in, I think that’s mainly down to the fact we play a lot and are based in Manchester (and hopefully the songs are better!). Manchester has loads of great places to play too, my favourites are Soup Kitchen, Kraak Gallery and The Deaf Institute.

MIMR: Being a fellow blogger are they’re any bands that are you mad about at the moment

Lance: 2014 has been a great year for music with acts like Beck, War On Drugs, Wild Beasts and TV On The Radio all releasing superb albums. As for newish bands I’m liking stuff like Avi Buffalo, The Barr Brothers, Angel Olsen and the debut effort from Glass Animals is pretty good, we supported them at Trof in Fallowfield last year and they are excellent live too.

MIMR: What’s the future for kidsmoke?

Lance: We are hoping to release our new EP early next year, it’s sounding great, I can’t wait for people to hear it. Our plan after that is to carry on releasing music, play live as much as we can and to just see what comes of it really. I don’t worry about what the future will bring for us, as long as we’re putting the effort in and always working to become better songwriters and performers then I think there’ll always be new doors opening up for us.

MIMR: Any funny stories for any kidsmoke gigs you can share with us?

Lance: There hasn’t really been anything funny happen at a Kidsmoke show yet (although we did rehearse in a place that looked like something out of the Saw films the other week, which was more scary than funny). Come to think of it, at a Halloween gig years ago our drummer Chris had a few too many guiness’ and played the gig in a cape and a Styrofoam pizza base with eye holes cut out of it as a mask. It was too funny, I wish I had a photo of it.

MIMR: Thanks lance for your time and pleasure talking to you my good friend, any last words?

Lance: Yes.

So Long, Emptiness

Thanks MIMR, speak soon.

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A big thanks to lance for talking to us, rest assured that as soon as the EP details are announced I will post them on the blog. Here are few links to check out:

http://kidsmokemusic.bandcamp.com

https://m.facebook.com/kidsmokemusic?_rdr

And here is a video for Take me to the River’ taken from their last EP ‘Higher’ check it out

Also check out lance’s music blog here, it’s super

http://ohwellenoughsaid.wordpress.com/about/

MIMR Playlist Nov 20

1. Alvvays ‘Adult Diversion’

This Toronto indie pop band have ducked under the radar of MIMR (how did that happen) but their fresh and dynamic sound is captured perfectly in their self-titled debut album released in July. An example of their glistening indie pop is found here and it’s this joyous song that has made a lot more people take notice of them, expect to see them in many best of 2014 list for sure

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2. Parkay Quarts (alternative name for Parquet Courts) ‘Pretty Machines’

Building on a sizeable back catalogue, this being their 2nd record this year, the New Yorkers show their prolific nature and a ongoing habit to record that cannot appear to be satisfied. This track, taken from the album ‘Content Nausea’, has all the trademark spiky, speedy, post-punk sound that has made the band so rivered in what has been a very busy 2014

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3. Slaves ‘Hunter’

Following up from the success of last single ‘Hey’ and the meltdown that they’re explosive appearance on Jools Holland created, this track certainly will satisfy their followers, enhancing the anticipation felt by many for their debut record. This garage rock duo, recently announced on the latest NME tour in the new year, will in MIMR’s eyes be huge in 2015

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4. Girlpool ‘Blah Blah Blah’

From Los Angeles, this fuzz-pop duo make great strides on their self titled record released Nov 10. This opening track bops along with intense vocals and sharp, cutting guitars which oozes coolness from start to finish, girls with attitude and that’s right up MIMR’s street!

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5. The Districts ‘4th And Roebling’

Showcasing their swaggering, bluesy rock are MIMR favourites The Districts. The track will be off their forthcoming album which will be with us February 10th. The fantastic use of distorted guitars and clattering drums underlines the talented, young chaps that they are, put Feb 10th in your new calendars everyone!

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MIMR Playlist Nov 13

1. Horsebeach ‘Even’

Another Manchester band featuring on the playlist are Horsebeach, bringing their mix of 80s jangle pop and indie to the forefront of the local scene. This track is taken from their self titled record released this summer and draws comparsions to MIMR favourites Real Estate and Mac Demarco. With whispers that they could be the next big thing to come out of Manchester and in the same vein as The Smiths, i reckon you get on board and quick!

2. The Voyeurs ‘Stunners’

Formerly known as Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs, this london indie/punk/ psych outfit have shown a darker side in their latest album ‘Rhubarb Rhubarb’ released this week (Nov 10) Lead single, the Glam-Rock themed ‘Stunners’ has all the attributes that show off their undoubted talent and their live shows are not to be missed

3. Tim Wheeler ‘Vigil’

More famously known as the lead singer of British guitar band Ash, Tim Wheeler’s’ 1st time going on his own is a very heartfelt affair. It deals mainly with the journey he went through with his dad, who sadly passed away 3 years ago from Alzheimer’s. Although they’re are lighter parts to the record on the whole, ‘Vigil’ certainly shows the emotion Wheeler must of gone through this period, his execution of this is done superbly well indeed

4. Hookworms ‘Off Screen’

Finally here is Hookworms new record and it is everything i expected and more. Fuzzy tones and mesmurising vocals can be found on this track, underlining their status as one of the best noise-rock bands around. ‘The Hum’ is certain to be in most people’s end of year record list, it certainly will be in MIMR’s – top stuff guys!

5. Two Cheers ‘Tell Her’

All the way from Los Angeles, Two Cheers display on their recently released LP the infectious sounds that only a select few posess. ‘Tell her’ shows off all the band has to offer, a combination of rhythmical funky grooves with dreamy vocals and shimmering guitars, MIMR gives them 3 cheers and a pat on the back

MIMR LIVE: NME gig Nov 6th featuring Superfood, Honeyblood and Man Made

The NME gigs over the years, in their many disguises, have always thrown up many bands that have gone massive afterwards, just look at Royal Blood and what has happened to them since appearing 2nd on a bill of 4 bands at the NME tour earlier in the year, their now jaw droppingly big. This bodes well for 2 of the best new bands of 2014: Superfood and Honeyblood who were the main attractions at the Manchester leg of the NME Breed tour @ The Deaf Institute

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The night began with the local support and MIMR favourites Man Made stepping up to the plate with a fantastic set of perfect indie rock tunes and warmed to a crowd, who largely weren’t expecting a fine set from the guys from Manchester. Nile Marr has all the makings of following his famous dads shoes and becoming the next great frontman. Himself and the band rallied through, with tracks ‘Plastic key to living’ and last single ‘TV broke my brain’ being personal highlights. These guys get better with every time I watch them play and 2015 I predict will be a big year for Marr and Co

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Next to hit the Deaf Institute stage was Honeyblood. The Glasgow duo confidently played a set full of energy and gusto and powered through their self titled debut album (certain to be included in MIMR top albums of the year) Now with new drummer Cat Myers, their set mirrored all that was impressive about their record, their indie pop sound coming across as a reminder to all that Honeyblood are around to stay and can be considered as one of the best girl guitar bands around. ‘Bud’ and set closer ‘Killer bangs brought special praise from the Manchester crowd, we look forward to their future endeavours

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Finally Superfood arrived onstage to very exuberant reception, only enhanced by the pride in the bands faces that their debut album was released earlier that week. They set off at rapid speed, with many cuts from latest record ‘Don’t Say That’ and you could say that the Deaf Institute was literally bouncing, as the audience jumped up and down to almost every song possibly. ‘TV’ and ‘Superfood’ certainly shook the floor the most as the Birmingham four-piece Brit-pop charms (a band that could of been placed at any point in 90s) ensured that many people went home sweaty but very happy. They left the stage to A-list celebrity status like adorations, fans grabbing guitars and hi-fives all round. Thanks NME, you chose well this time!

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MIMR Band Chat presents: Trojan Horse

Trojan Horse are a super band from Salford who have only been under the MIMR radar for a month or so but have made a very big impression. They’re take on Prog Rock is big and smacks you in the face hard and they’re hard work is finally starting to bear fruit

In this interview Trojan horse share their love for Plaid shirts, what they did over Halloween and how you can get your hands on their new record:

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MIMR: What can people expect at a Trojan Horse gig then?

TR: From a Trojan Horse gig people can certainly expect a great deal of personal existential confusion. Generally audiences fall in to one of two camps; absolute confusion – which then turns into a mix of bemused admiration and questions about their own taste in music up to that point. The second type seems to be “This is really weird but I LOVE IT and i dont care why”, those are the people that stand right at the front and dance with abandon even when we change time signatures more often than underwear. From the band you can expect four people, all trying to play the very bones out of their bodies, hammering out songs that would make most brains bleed with complex hooks. Lots of loud, some quiet, some fast, some slow and lots and lots of weirdness oozing out. And plaid shirts, we love a good plaid shirt.

MIMR: What were your plans this Halloween?

TR: This Halloween we went and played up in a place called Ulverston, for our mate Dan Payne from Cassie (great band by the way, think the UK’s answer to HELLA but catchier songs). We did the set as ‘Cat Sabbath’ and did a cover of Paranoid. We were going to go as Black Sabbath, but couldnt find the requisite long hair wigs, although we are ever the inventive lot so we combined the staple halloween ‘Sexy Cat’ vibes and Sabbath, it was a marriage made in the bowels of hell. It worked, I ended up getting virtually naked and tribal dancing around the venue while the audience played our instruments. It was a transcendental experience.

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

TR: That is actually a really hard question to answer! We are very lucky in the UK that we have a network of amazing venues and promoters who are supportive of music on every level. Ruby Lounge in Manchester is like our spiritual home, its just a fantastic place to play all the people who work there are amazing (so much so that Nick relentlessly demanded a bar job there, and eventually they gave in). However theres the Brudenell in Leeds, The Underworld/The Black Heart/The Lexington in London, 13th Note in Glasgow, Buskers in Dundee, Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff….the list is potentially endless as we’re treated really well, and the audiences are always amazingly supportive, they make a gig as much as the surroundings.

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MIMR: With your new record receiving a lot of postive comments and a album launch next month, Is it exciting times for the band?

TR: We’re actually really humbled by all the positive words that have been said about both World Turned Upside Down, and Meat Eater the single we did for RAK Records. We have been playing long enough now to know that these new releases are the best things we have put out, and we’re extremely proud of ourselves and everyone that’s been involved to get it to that point. After three long hard years of work, it’s paying off. For us to then put it out and get such an overwhelmingly positive response from reviewers and fans is something else entirely. Even when you know it’s the best you could have done, there is always the voice in your head, the inner critic, and it’s nice for that guy to be silenced by other people’s positive reactions. We’ve had all this good stuff happen, but we know there’s always more that we can do, we aren’t ones to sit on our laurels, onwards and upwards!

MIMR: Are they’re bands knocking about currently that you would love to be on the same bill as?

TR: I think we are in a great position that we are in a time and place where we get to play with a bunch of really cool bands like; Alpha Male Tea Party, Cleft, Body Hound, Flesh, Baby Godzilla, Cyril Snear, Bad Grammar, Knifeworld, The Fierce and the Dead, Cassie, Thumpermonkey and it not be too much hassle to arrange gigs like that. I personally would love to play alongside Field Music, and obviously stuff like Mastodon and Queens of the Stone Age are like the ULTIMATE wish list.

MIMR:It’s important that as a band you always challenge yourself over time, what inspiration do you feed off and how has your sound evolved over the years?

TR: It’s a cliché to say that “everything” informs our way of working, however it would be reductive of me to try and say “oh a, b, c…….are our inspirations”. We put a list of things that inspired the recent record on the inner sleeve of the album, specifically so people could go and explore the sounds and ideas we had while making it. The biggest thing we feed off is each other and our producer, we all have ideas individually but we all work on those ideas together, shaping them and moulding them into the best possible versions they could be. Nothing is sacred, if i have a part and anyone else thinks it could be played better, we try and play it that way, or we swap instruments and play it that way.

As for the evolution of our sound, i remember when we first started, we wanted to make songs that sounded like a DJ mixing different genres of music in a set, and given our skills and musical ability at that time, we did a pretty good job of realising that idea. As time has gone on, we experiment more with sonics, and “traditional songwriting” because that was something new to explore for us. We built the framework of all these different types/genres of songs and hung new sounds in there to see if they were still the same thing once we’d finished with them. So instead of cramming as many time changes as we can, now it’s “right, well how we can keep modifying this before it becomes something else, and is that something else new and unique”.

MIMR: How can people get hold of your latest record then guys?

TR: You can buy our album World Turned Upside Down from Bad Elephant Music: http://music.badelephant.co.uk/album/world-turned-upside-down-2
You can get the single ‘Meat Eater’ from RAK Records: http://raksinglesclub.tmstor.es/
Or alternatively you can pop along to a gig and get them both directly from us and we’ll even shake your hand and kiss your cheek too

Thanks again to Trojan Horse for chatting to us and MIMR reckon you all check out their music, here are the links

Twitter: @trojanhorseuk

Facebook: trojanhorseuk

http://www.trojanhorseuk.com