A couple of years ago I returned from Skeleton Coast Festival telling everyone who’d listen that I’d seen a raw young band that excited me like no other had in nearly five years in the music industry. Wildly proclaiming “they’re gonna be massive!” The band? Merseyside’s now best, worst kept secret – The Mysterines.
Since their birth as a group they’ve been expertly guided by Mersey music guru’s Skeleton Key Records; building intrigue through selective live outings and very limited online presence both socially and musically. Still no releases, yet firmly remaining the band on everyone’s lips in these parts and beyond.
Their reputation as Merseyside’s ‘next big thing’ continued to grow and live dates with The Coral and Miles Kane followed earlier this year, before a mindblowing performance at this year’s Skeleton Coast saw them come full circle and showed ever growing confidence in their potential wasn’t misplaced. Their most complete performance yet, still as raw and exciting as ever, yet with a set of massive, flowing tunes to boot; more confident, a few notches louder and tighter too.
Next level stuff. Lead Lia Metcalfe’s vocals were boss anyway but they’ve also come on leaps and bounds – no longer satisfied with just filling the room, now bouncing from wall to wall and blowing the roof and everyone’s heads off for good measure.
Time for the debut release then? Fuck yeah! That excitement, first felt a handful of years ago, returned this week as The Mysterines unveiled their huge debut single – Hormone.
Now everyone who knows, everyone who’s wondered and even those who’ve doubted will know; this band are special.
The Mysterines are currently on tour, culminating in a huge homecoming show in Liverpool. You can have your mind blown in person at the following dates:
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