Psychedelic rock can be a tricky genre these days can’t it. For every Horrors there must surely be 50 ‘Uncle Bob’s dancing doodah fart bands’, noodling away with an augmented panpipe solo of some sort… ahem… where were we again? Ah yes, psychedelic RAWK… In particular, this self titled debut beauty from MIEN. You’ll be pleased to know that this is a band who take their hallucinogenic noodling on from very strong foundations. A four-piece, consisting of The Black Angels’ Alex Mass, The Horrors’ Tom Furse, Elephant Stone’s Rishi Dhir and The Earlies’ John-Mark Lapham.
This record has effectively been over a decade in the making, with chance meetings and mutual respects developing over shared bills since 2004. It’s almost like it was written in the stars, or something...
Anyway, you’re still reading, so I assume you’re into the psych rock thing. So, what does it sound like, eh? Well, it’s good! Scratch that, it’s immensely cool!!! Take ‘Black Habit’ as a prime example: driving bass, synths that build and swirl into a crescendo of noise and glass like vocals coming straight out of 1969. It’s an album packed full of big grooves and is the sound of a “supergroup” who’re free of the commercial shackles of their day jobs. They’ve somehow managed to make a record that sounds old, yet incredibly new all at the same time.
So, there you go. Get some vintage noodles in your face on transparent blue vinyl now, before someone with a quicker intermeweb connection beats you to it!
01. Earth Moon
02. Black Habit
03. (I’m Tired Of) Western Shouting
04. You Dreamt
06. Hocus Pocus
10. Earth Moon (Reprise)
Released: April 2018
Cat: LAUNCH125C / Rocket Recordings