Written by: Heather McAleavy
Wirral three-piece The Mysterines started their career living up their name. With their Twitter account sharing nothing but the question “Who Are The Mysterines?”, the band itself was an enigma while their debut tracks were being championed by huge radio tastemakers.
Lia Metcalfe (vocals & guitar), George Favager (bass) and Chrissy Moore (drums) have already toured with the mighty Miles Kane as well as fellow Discover Introducing-alumni The Vryll Society and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, with only three tracks available on Spotify as of yet. Their scuzzy psych rock sound is explored differently in each track, but always features down-tuned riffs, rumbling percussion and fierce vocals similar to Becca MacIntyre of Marmozets.
Their droning debut single ‘Hormone’ was released last November, and immediately saw them tipped in the Radio X Great Xpectations list for 2019. Only four months in with only two more tracks, they’ve already lived up to it. Breakthrough second single ‘Bet Your Pretty Face’ was released in January via their own Pretty Face Recordings label, and has been played on Radio X, and BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music. On release day, the trio performed these two tracks live in session with BBC Introducing, along with two currently unreleased songs ‘Resistance’ and ‘Good Conditions’.
Last week (23rd April), they released their third single ‘Gasoline‘. Featuring more catchy melodies, the riffs of this track are like a teen tribute to Romones’ ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ but exchange the motivating chants for angsty protests. Heavily supported once again by Radio X, they performed the X-posure Hot One track in session with John Kennedy, which you can rewatch here.
“Their songs are fierce, high-energy affairs underpinned by relentless bass and drums, and bolstered by lead signer Lia Metcalfe’s snarling vocals. Hit play, sit back and prepare to bang your head.” – BBC Introducing
Catch The Mysterines at London’s Camden Assembly on 2nd May and Manchester’s Night People on 8th May.introducing / the mysterines