Mien

Mien

  • Label Rocket Recordings
  • Genre UK & EU
  • Released 06/04/18 06/04/18 06/04/18 06/04/18
  • Cat no launch125cd launch125 launch125c launch125s

Mini Gatefold Replica CD with Inner Booklet.

140 Gram Black Vinyl with Download.

140 Gram Transparent Blue Vinyl with Download.

LP++ - Rough Trade Exclusive. Limited to 300 Copies on 140 Gram Red / Black Marbled Vinyl with Download.

Mien release their self-titled debut on Rough Trade Exclusive 140 Gram Black, Transparent Blue and Red / Black Marbled Vinyl.

Debut album by Mien, the exciting new four piece band comprised of The Black Angels’ Alex Maas, The Horrors’ Tom Furse, Elephant Stone’s Rishi Dhir and The Earlies’ John-Mark Lapham. The seeds were sown for this collaboration as long ago as 2004, when Rishi Dhir (Elephant Stone) found himself in a chance encounter with Black Angels frontman Alex Maas whilst performing sitar with his former band on a bill at SXSW in Austin with The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Not long afterwards, he would also stumble across electronics guru and producer John Mark Lapham from Anglo-American band The Earlies, via a shared love for one song - the ‘classic sitar banger’ by The Association, Wantin’ Ain’t Gettin’. Some years later, another piece of the puzzle came into place, when Dhir was now playing bass with The Black Angels in 2012, and found the band sharing several bills with The Horrors. Thus he made the acquaintance of Tom Furse, and yet another pact was made to work together.

Several traversals of the globe by both plane and audio-file later, the result is an album that sees this quartet transcending their origins whilst maintaining a cohesive unity borne of a desire for outward exploration. John Mark’s vision, as he puts it, was “imagine the Black Angels as Nico in her 80’s industrial phase mixed with George Harrison and Conny Plank.” - true to form, it’s an album that finds equal room for radiant groove-based propulsion and ambient dreamscapes alike - as comfortable with the murky hallucinogenic voyage of You Dreamt as the powerful widescreen sweep of (I’m Tired Of) Western Shouting, yet with songwriting acumen as potent as the production values are expansive and exploratory.

CD - Mini Gatefold Replica CD with Inner Booklet.

LP - 140 Gram Black Vinyl with Download.

LP+ - 140 Gram Transparent Blue vinyl with Download.

LP++ - Rough Trade Exclusive. Limited to 300 Copies on 140 Gram Red / Black Marbled Vinyl with Download.

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