Released on Friday, the debut album by local band The Mysterines is a dramatic and explosive follow-up to their 2020 EP ‘Love’s Not Enough.’
The opening track ‘Life’s A Bitch (But I Like It So Much)’ is a perfect way to start the album. It is also the perfect way to open a gig, with its head-shaking, foot-stomping beat and sing-and-shout-a-long lyrics. Energetic doesn’t do it justice.
Two of the band members are from Wirral and two from Liverpool. This cross-river fusion produces an epic sound and moody lyrics that are the backbone of the album. And … this is an album … with so many artists releasing albums that you are encouraged to dip into and play/skip individual tracks, this really works as a whole. Listen to it start to finish; it’s a journey!
Despite the album’s swaggering and grittiness, it is also jam-packed with ear-worm guitar melodies that will keep you wanting to listen over and over again.
Lia Metcalfe’s husky singing voice is a splendid companion to the distorted guitar, generating a soundscape that is both familiar and innovative in equal parts.
There is an undeniable and justified confidence to be detected in the performances, that belies the fact that this is a debut album.
I suspect we’ll hear a lot more from The Mysterines.
The Mysterines Tour Dates:
|15 Mar||BLITZ||PRESTON, UNITED KINGDOM|
|18 Mar||ULSTER SPORTS CLUB||BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM|
|19 Mar||WORKMANS CLUB||DUBLIN, IRELAND|
|23 Mar||G2, THE GARAGE||GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM|
|24 Mar||SOCIAL||KINGSTON UPON HULL, UNITED KINGDOM|
|25 Mar||BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB||LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM|
|26 Mar||MASH||CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM|
|30 Mar||BAND ON THE WALL||MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM|
|31 Mar||THE CASTLE & FALCON||BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM|
|01 Apr||ELECTRIC BALLROOM||LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM|
|02 Apr||INVISIBLE WIND FACTORY||LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM|
|03 Apr||Y PLAS||CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM|
|16 Apr||STOCKTON CALLING 2022||STOCKTON-ON-TEES, UNITED KINGDOM|
|03 May||BRICK & MORTAR MUSIC HALL||SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES|
|04 May||PEPPERMINT CLUB||LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES|
|05 May||VALLEY BAR||PHOENIX, UNITED STATES|
|07 May||LOST LAKE LOUNGE||DENVER, UNITED STATES|
|09 May||7TH STREET ENTRY||MINNEAPOLIS, UNITED STATES|
|10 May||COBRA LOUNGE||CHICAGO, UNITED STATES|
|11 May||THE BASEMENT||COLUMBUS, UNITED STATES|
|13 May||PJ’S LAGER HOUSE||DETROIT, UNITED STATES|
|14 May||MONARCH TAVERN||TORONTO, CANADA|
|15 May||L’ESCOGRIFFE BAR SPECTACLE||MONTREAL, CANADA|
|17 May||THE MIDDLE EAST RESTAURANT AND NIGHTCLUB||CAMBRIDGE, UNITED STATES|
|18 May||MERCURY LOUNGE||NEW YORK, UNITED STATES|
|19 May||DC9||WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES|
|21 May||CENTER STAGE THEATER||ATLANTA, UNITED STATES|
|22 May||WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE 2022||DAYTONA BEACH, UNITED STATES|
|04 Jun||TEMPLE NEWSAM||LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM|
|29 Jul||KENDAL CALLING 2022||PENRITH, UNITED KINGDOM|
|30 Jul||Y NOT FESTIVAL 2022||NEWHAVEN, UNITED KINGDOM|
|31 Jul||DEERSHED FESTIVAL 2022||THIRSK, UNITED KINGDOM|
|06 Aug||OUT EAST FESTIVAL 2022||DALKEITH, UNITED KINGDOM|
|11 Aug||GOPSALL HALL FARM||BOTTESFORD, UNITED KINGDOM|
|14 Aug||110 ABOVE FESTIVAL||LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM|
|25 Sep||LOUDER THAN LIFE 2022||LOUISVILLE, UNITED STATES|
|09 Oct||AFTERSHOCK 2022||SACRAMENTO, UNITED STATES|