Track Of The Day – The Mysterines – Hormone


When posters and stickers appeared around Liverpool city centre and on social media asking ‘Who are the Mysterines?’ it may have been something of a moot point for regular gig-goers on Merseyside. The Mysterines had been steadily making a name for themselves with some electrifying performances via key support slots before headlining in their own right. From the get-go, the buzz started to quickly snowball with singer and guitarist Lia Metcalfe ’s vocals drawing comparisons to artists such as Patti Smith and The Breeders.

Local buzz can often be coloured by partisan loyalty based on sharing the same postcode and as such perhaps should be approached with a modicum of caution.  However, in the case of The Mysterines, you’d have to be a near-clinical simpleton not to accept that they genuinely are the real deal. Indeed the trios debut single ‘Hormone’ provides unassailable evidence that the buzz is entirely justified. It’s a thundering blitzkrieg of propulsive indie rock n’ roll and Metcalfe’s vocals really are f**king extraordinary. Simply put she just ‘gets it.’ She has an authentic, timeless voice full of controlled anger and attitude that exudes pure snarling rock n roll insouciance.  A classic debut and the line ‘Youth is it my excuse’? sounds iconic already.  Uncle Phil was right.

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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the 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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