The Mysterines have today announced their hotly anticipated debut album ‘Reeling’ due for release March 11th 2022 via Fiction Records. Stream their new single ‘Hung Up’ here, and pre-order the album here.
Along with the album announcement the band have shared headline tour dates for March and April 2022, including London’s Electric Ballroom. Tickets here.
‘Hung Up’ is the second taste of the Merseyside powerhouse’s debut album, following the gritty ‘In My Head’ released earlier this summer. The new track is a stomping, unrelenting and yearning post-grunge anthem, gasping for more. Frontwoman Lia Metcalfe explains, “Hung Up is pretty self explanatory and I intended it to be that way. It’s also a very revengeful song.”
The Mysterines are a true force to be reckoned with in UK rock. Barely out of their teens, they sold out their first ever UK headline tour in February 2020, 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, 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 will kick off their headline UK tour next week, and have also announced a slew of headline shows for March and April 2022 to celebrate the debut’s release. Tickets here.
Oct 13 The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge (SOLD OUT)
Oct 14 The Garage, London (SOLD OUT)
Oct 20 O2 Academy, Leicester
Oct 21 The Crescent, York (SOLD OUT)
Oct 22 The Key Club, Leeds (SOLD OUT)
Oct 23 Club Academy, Manchester
Oct 28 The Mash House, Edinburgh (SOLD OUT)
Oct 29 St Doms, Newcastle
Oct 30 O2 Academy, Liverpool
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)