The Mysterines Live at Manchester Club Academy
The Mysterines Photo Credit: @TheMysterines via Twitter | Words: Heather McAleavy
Liverpudlian rock collective The Mysterines have gone from strength to strength in the last couple of years. With major achievements including regular Radio 6 spins, venue upgrades, playing Neighbourhood Weekender and supporting Miles Kane and Royal Blood. They can now add another venue on their almost sold-out tour to that list.
Opening act, Document prepared the room for The Mysterines’ more sonorous side with their sonic post punk style. Alex, Charlie and Max (Document) each treated their set as though they were headlining themselves. With each song melded together with lingering distorted riffs, there were atmospheric moments within their set, implying Document’s sound will soon see them on far larger stages.
Stepping on stage to The Fall’s ‘Blindness’. The tone was set right for The Mysterines to break into the tour’s title track ‘Life’s A Bitch (But I Like It So Much)’. The crowd was immediately engaged, with people audibly struck in awe by singer and guitarist Lia Metcalfe. Her distinctive, nonchalant vocals reverberated around the room effortlessly.
Most of the tracks on their setlist are as yet unreleased and will feature on their debut album Reeling. Despite being unsure of the lyrics, the crowd was hooked. Highlights included slower, doom-laden track ‘The Bad Thing’ which held everyone in a trance throughout. Latest single ‘Hung Up’ had the opposite reaction; the room filled with movement; drinks spilled carelessly as the chorus called for singalongs. However, the closing track ‘Love’s Not Enough‘, a more melodic song with heartbreak-fuelled verses closed the set with a powerful memory that will linger with everyone who witnessed it.
The Mysterines are already gearing up for the next tour. Get your tickets here!
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