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The Mysterines ‘Life’s A Bitch’ – WATCH

By RawKeith

March 13, 2022

The Mysterines

Fast rising Liverpool rockers The Mysterines have released their highly anticipated debut album ‘Reeling’ today via Fiction Records. They have also shared the high octane music video for guttural powerhouse ‘Life’s A Bitch’ directed by Steve Gullick.

The Mysterines are a true force to be reckoned with. Barely out of their teens, they were selected as one of Amazon Music UK’s Ones To Watch 2022, have supported Royal Blood, The Amazons and Sea Girls on tour, as well as headlined the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds. Their fans include BBC Radio One, NME, Independent, Metro, MOJO, DIY, Dork, Upset, CLASH and Gigwise.

 

‘Reeling’ is seeing stellar reviews across the board for it’s compelling lyricism, brooding dynamic soundscapes with an impressive maturity. The Line of Best Fit’s 8/10 review said The Mysterines “draw you in with their seething words…mountainous rock tones…and humoured musings on life’s painful inevitabilities over thirteen glorious tracks”, with DIY commenting "their knack for melody is one of their greatest strengths, particularly when combined with frontwoman Lia Metcalfe's husky tones". NME declared ‘Reeling’ an “electrifying debut album” in their 4* review, comparing the powerful guitar ballad ‘On The Run’ to “a Celebrity Skin era Hole classic”, meaning while The Telegraph commenting “The Mysterines' default setting is fast and furious garage punk-rock to which Metcalfe adds a goth grandeur with doomy lyrics and a quality of brazen glee at the rebellious posturing of songs with statement titles.” 

The Mysterines debut album ‘Reeling’ was made under the watchful eye of acclaimed producer Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, The Big Moon, PJ Harvey) over three weeks in between lockdowns at Assault & Battery studios in London, recorded live to capture the intensity of the songs. “It’s a pretty ambiguous title for most people, but for me ‘Reeling’ sums up every emotion of the album in just one word,” says Lia. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” she explains.

 

Grief, self-destruction and heartache run heavy through the record, but all are brought together by the blackest of humour. The dirty desert blues of ‘Life’s A Bitch’ was actually meant to be the first single, “but it turns out I say ‘bitch’ too much on it,” chuckles Lia. Other tracks run the gamut from the grunged-up country of ‘Old Friends, Die Hard’ to the giddy, free-falling ‘On The Run’, Lia’s unique take on the tale of the teenage runaways in Terrence Mallick’s iconic Badlands. Then there’s the creepy, cultish ‘Under Your Skin’, which is The Doors by way of The Manson Family and the Stooges-esque ‘The Bad Thing’, of which Lia says: “It’s the most fun to play, and the words I find really funny as well – I’m digging someone up from the grave that I used to love.”

The Mysterines 2022 US tour dates 

May 3 Brick & Mortar Music Hall, San Francisco

May 4 Peppermint Club, Los Angeles

May 5 Valley Bar, Phoenix

May 7 Lost Lake, Denver

May 9 Minneapolis, 7th St Entry

May 10 Cobra Lounge, Chicago 

May 11 The Basement, Columbus

May 13 PJ’s Lager House, Detroit 

May 14 Monarch Tavern, Toronto

May 15 L’Escogriffe, Montreal

May 17 Middle East (Upstairs), Boston

May 18 Mercury Lounge, New York City

May 19 DC9, DC

May 21 Vinyl, Atlanta

May 22 Welcome To Rockville, Daytona Beach

 

The Mysterines ‘Reeling’ tracklist

1. Life’s A Bitch (But I Like It So Much)

2. Hung Up

3. Reeling

4. Old Friends Die Hard

5. Dangerous

6. On The Run

7. Under Your Skin

8. The Bad Thing

9. In My Head

10. Means To Bleed

11. All These Things

12. Still Call You Home

13. The Confession Song

 

The Mysterines are:

Lia Metcalfe (vocals/guitar)

George Favager (bass)

Callum Thompson (guitar)

Paul Crilly (drums)


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