REVIEW: The Mysterines – Reeling

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 MarBLITZPRESTON, UNITED KINGDOM
18 MarULSTER SPORTS CLUBBELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM
19 MarWORKMANS CLUBDUBLIN, IRELAND
23 MarG2, THE GARAGEGLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
24 MarSOCIALKINGSTON UPON HULL, UNITED KINGDOM
25 MarBRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUBLEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
26 MarMASHCAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
30 MarBAND ON THE WALLMANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
31 MarTHE CASTLE & FALCONBIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
01 AprELECTRIC BALLROOMLONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
02 AprINVISIBLE WIND FACTORYLIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM
03 AprY PLASCARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM
16 AprSTOCKTON CALLING 2022STOCKTON-ON-TEES, UNITED KINGDOM
03 MayBRICK & MORTAR MUSIC HALLSAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES
04 MayPEPPERMINT CLUBLOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES
05 MayVALLEY BARPHOENIX, UNITED STATES
07 MayLOST LAKE LOUNGEDENVER, UNITED STATES
09 May7TH STREET ENTRYMINNEAPOLIS, UNITED STATES
10 MayCOBRA LOUNGECHICAGO, UNITED STATES
11 MayTHE BASEMENTCOLUMBUS, UNITED STATES
13 MayPJ’S LAGER HOUSEDETROIT, UNITED STATES
14 MayMONARCH TAVERNTORONTO, CANADA
15 MayL’ESCOGRIFFE BAR SPECTACLEMONTREAL, CANADA
17 MayTHE MIDDLE EAST RESTAURANT AND NIGHTCLUBCAMBRIDGE, UNITED STATES
18 MayMERCURY LOUNGENEW YORK, UNITED STATES
19 MayDC9WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES
21 MayCENTER STAGE THEATERATLANTA, UNITED STATES
22 MayWELCOME TO ROCKVILLE 2022DAYTONA BEACH, UNITED STATES
04 JunTEMPLE NEWSAMLEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
29 JulKENDAL CALLING 2022PENRITH, UNITED KINGDOM
30 JulY NOT FESTIVAL 2022NEWHAVEN, UNITED KINGDOM
31 JulDEERSHED FESTIVAL 2022THIRSK, UNITED KINGDOM
06 AugOUT EAST FESTIVAL 2022DALKEITH, UNITED KINGDOM
11 AugGOPSALL HALL FARMBOTTESFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
14 Aug110 ABOVE FESTIVALLEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
25 SepLOUDER THAN LIFE 2022LOUISVILLE, UNITED STATES
09 OctAFTERSHOCK 2022SACRAMENTO, UNITED STATES

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