The Mysterines Announce New EP “All These Things”
UK rock group The Mysterines released their newest EP, All These Things on Oct.21. This is the second EP that the band has released, following 2019’s Take Control EP. As well as these two EPs, the band has also released one studio album. Reeling was released in 2022 to immense critical acclaim, with critics praising the band for their unapologetic rock and roll. The Mysterines’ latest EP is mostly a collection of live performances that the band has done, with the only new song being that of the title track.
The Mysterines hail from Liverpool, which is no stranger to hosting great bands. Singer Lia Metcalfe met bassist George Favager at a Home Bargains store. They then met the rest of the band at a Psychedelic Porn Crumpets show. The Mysterines have cited acts such as PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, Tom Waits, the Velvet Underground and Nick Cave as major influences.
“I didn’t realise who Nick Cave was when I was that kid. We were backstage at a festival that my dad was playing. I had a balloon and Nick walked in and stamped on it. He had the silhouette of a classic villain”
Lia Metcalfe on Nick Cave
The band’s own sound lies within the sphere of alternative and grunge, with high octane drums and guitars. There is definitely a punk aspect to the music that they have put out so far.
“It’s not really for us to describe our sound, it’s for the listener. But if you’re pushing for an answer moody and dark would be close”
The EP kicks off with the self-titled track before swaying into the live version of it. There is a notable difference in the two performances, with the live edition being a somber take on it. The studio version has a bit more energy packed into it, while the live version is slower and more reflective. The song talks about wishing and aching to go back to a simpler time, when things were a lot easier. It mentions the weight of all the things that have happened since and the burden that has on people. Despite this wish, there is an acknowledgement present in the song- despite wanting to go back, the only option available is to go forward. That despite not being the best, this life is still ours- it belongs to solely us and nobody else.
The sombre demeanour is maintained through the rest of the EP. The band trades in punk raucousness for a more controlled and sultry performance. Dangerous features a tale about the dangers of love while “Old Friends Die Hard” talks about a quarrel with friends that ends in murder.
All These Things sees The Mysterines further their short but productive music career with another interesting release. The band experiments with a different tone than their usual high energy performances and it pays off well. We see a different side of the band with this release.
The Mysterines are currently headlining for indie rock superstars Arctic Monkeys. You can find tickets on their website. You can follow the band on Facebook and Instagram. You can listen to their music on YouTube and Spotify.