‘The Mysterines‘ has been a name floating around on Merseyside for a while. They’re the buzz band that nobody really knows much about due to their low-key online presence including next to nothing to be found on social media.
New bands in 2018 are wise to harness the power of social media but for The Mysterines, the opposite approach seems to have worked for them. Instead, they’ve garnered interest by slapping ‘who are The Mysterines?’ posters around Liverpool and impressing at a handful of small shows that have got people talking.
The Wirral three-piece supported popular Birkenhead artist and one half of The Last Shadow Puppets, Miles Kane, at a Baltic Triangle show a couple of months ago and sold out Arts Club for their debut headline gig before they had even shared a single track online.
Under the wing of The Coral’s James Skelly and his Merseyside-based indie label Skeleton Coast Records, The Mysterines are now heading out on tour, playing small venues up and down the country, and culminating in a show at Liverpool’s Zanzibar on the 15th December.
Before hitting the road, the band finally shared some music with us. The debut single is called ‘Hormone‘. Just 20 seconds into the first listen, it’s easy to see where all the hype comes from.
Guitarist and singer Lia’s rough and ready vocals pack a punch, particularly in the chorus where they’re layered over distorted and reverb-heavy guitar. The track is driven by it’s deep bassline and the guitar riff which feels psych-rock inspired.
This wouldn’t be a total surprise as Merseyside bands seem to big on the psych sound, with bands like The Vryll Society, She Drew The Gun, Peach Fuzz and The Holograms emerging from the scene in recent years.
The sound constructed on this single is impressive especially when you consider this trio are still in their teens. Plus the raw energy and the unheeding delivery is nothing if not exciting. Dare I say mid-noughties Arctic Monkeys springs to mind?
Now The Mysterines are ready to spread the hysteria to all corners of the UK starting with the North East as they play shows in Middlesbrough and Hull. Half-way through the tour, they will return to the North West to play Chester’s Telford’s Warehouse before heading off again and finishing on a sort-of homecoming show at The Zanzibar Club in Liverpool. You can find the full list of tour dates below:
12 – Birmingham, Castle & Falcon
13 – Middlesbrough, Twisterella Festival
16 – Hull, The Polar Bear
18 – Derby, The Venue
19 – Cardiff, SWN Festival
21 – Nottingham, Rough Trade
22 – London, Sebright Arms
27 – Chester, Telford’s Warehouse
3 – Lincoln, 2Q Festival
13 – London, The Social
28 – York, Fulford Arms
29 – Sheffield, Record Junkee
30 – Halifax, The Lantern
1 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
7 – Bristol, The Louisiana
14 – Edinburgh, The Mash House
15 – Liverpool, The Zanzibar Club