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 – watch here.

‘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”, meanwhile The Telegraph commented “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 will be celebrating the release of their debut album with a string of UK in store and headline shows this month, with Rough Trade East today (11th March), culminating at London’s Electric Ballroom and Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory in April. Tickets here.

The Mysterines are a true force to be reckoned with. Barely out of their teens, they completely sold out both their 2020 and 2021 headline tours, 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 Steve Lamacq, Jack Saunders, Clara Amfo, Dan P Carter and Huw Stephens, alongside tastemakers NME, Independent, Metro, MOJO, DIY, Dork, Upset, CLASH and Gigwise.

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 ‘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 2022 UK tour dates 


Mar 7 Crash, Leeds

Mar 9 Resident, Brighton

Mar 11 Rough Trade East, London

Mar 12 Rough Trade, Bristol

Mar 12 Sound Knowledge, Marlborough (Town Hall)

Mar 13 Rough Trade, Nottingham

Mar 14 Phase One, Liverpool

Mar 15 Action Records, Preston (Blitz)

Headline shows

Mar 18 Ulster Sports Club, Belfast

Mar 19 The Workmans Club (Basement), Dublin

Mar 23 G2, Glasgow

Mar 24 Social, Hull

Mar 25 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Mar 26 Mash, Cambridge

Mar 30 Band On The Wall, Manchester

Mar 31 Castle & Falcon, Birmingham

Apr 1 Electric Ballroom, London

Apr 2 Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool

The Mysterines are:

Lia Metcalfe (vocals/guitar)

George Favager (bass)

Callum Thompson (guitar)

Paul Crilly (drums)



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