Merseyside tour de force The Mysterines have shared the music video for their track ‘All These Things’, taken from their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Reeling’ out now via Fiction Records. Stream ‘Reeling’ here.
‘All These Things’ is a compelling alt rock ballad that showcases frontwoman Lia Metcalfe’s prodigious musicianship, with the nostalgic music video being the third the band have worked on with iconic photographer Steve Gullick.
The Mysterines are still riding high on the success of their debut album ‘Reeling’ which was released earlier this year via Fiction Records. Following their first ever headline U.S tour this spring, the band supported Bloc Party on several of their UK tour dates, have just finished three outdoor events supporting Primal Scream, as well as sharing the stage with Muse at their 65,000 capacity stadium show at Firenze Rocks in Florence, Italy. They also recently made their TV debut on Later with Jools Holland, performing ‘Dangerous’ alongside Florence and The Machine and Jamie T. The band will be headlining London’s Kentish Town Forum on Friday 9th December, tickets here.
‘Reeling’ saw stellar reviews across the board on release – 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 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.
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.”