Track Of The Day – The Mysterines – Take Control

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For me, the best emerging Merseyside bands don’t actually sound like Merseyside bands. If you get what I mean. None of that jangly “strum-baya my lord”, la, la, la, la, she loves you heritage wank fodder with the obligatory derivative psych flourish crowbarred in – (to give it some ‘edge’, like.)  That stuff has been done to death, given the last rites and then exhumed and regurgitated ad infinitum.

Take the Mysterines, for example, they sound like they could have exploded out of the NYC underground scene rather than taken a sedate ferry across the Mersey. Their latest single ‘Take Control’ and title track of their new EP is a frenetic slice of driving propulsive garage rock and roll, illuminated with the incandescent white heat of Lia Metcalfe’s remarkable vocals. A voice that manages to sound distinctive and unique yet also sounds as if she’s grown up absorbing some of the rock n’ roll greats.

Once again The Msyterines have crafted their own iconic sound –  driving garage rock which is direct, in your face and doesn’t piss about or ask for your approval. They make everything seem uncomplicated, visceral, exciting uncontrived and natural.  A rare talent which few have and with the right breaks the sky could be the limit for this young band.

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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the VPME.com. House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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