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Down Tools

    Leeds art-rock group Mush (Dan Hyndman - vocals / guitar, Phil Porter - drums, Nick Grant - bass, Myles Kirk– guitar) return with album ‘Down Tools’ via Memphis Industries. The new record marks the prolific band’s third album in as many years, following hypebuilding early singles ‘Alternative Facts’ and ‘Gig Economy’, 2020’s debut LP ‘3D Routine’ and 2021's acclaimed ‘Lines Redacted’, which pushed their sound further and, as Uncut wrote, saw them become “kindred spirits to Wand and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, two other bands prolifically honing their sound and approach, steadily developing their voice.”

    On ‘Down Tools’, this voice grows again into a more brilliantly singular sound. It sees Mush getting loose, moving away from the defined moods and textures of ‘Lines Redacted’ with a musical openness, straddling genres while avoiding pastiche. Hyndman says of the lyrics on ‘Down Tools’ that “there was a conscious decision to retreat further from an observational approach” with vocals being ad-libbed lending the record a more abstract feel. Hyndman continues: “this album is less dark than the previous one. The Armageddon obsession has eased, or at least the symptoms have become milder due to saturation. Musically there’s a lot more chill on the record – there’s a few more mellow tracks out there and the most astute listener may even be able to decipher some of the words, fingers crossed.”

    While grief and work balance form themes on the record, Hyndman’s approach is largely made up of abstract, disconnected streams of consciousness and lines liberally taken from books, paintings, films and beyond. On ‘Human Resources’, Hyndman dramatically retells a battle he had with an HR department at a job in a David and Goliath style. The song ‘Group Of Death’, a phrase chillingly familiar to any football fan, is emblematic of the turn towards softer, more considered sounds. Hyndman says: “In my warped imagination it just sounds like a Paul McCartney song, but it won’t to others. I initially had the idea of doing a World Cup song called ‘Group of Death’, but by the time it was written nothing beyond the title had any relevance to football. Anyway, the next World Cup is in Qatar so fuck that shit.” Northern Safari meanwhile is a song about the way the North of England has been portrayed in the media and used as a mirror to reflect some of the nastier elements of what’s going on in society, in particular vox pops around Doncaster, portraying a particular narrative of the collapse of the red wall and the disgruntled ex-miners.

    ‘Down Tools’ then sees Mush idiosyncratically ping-pong from finger picked looseners to noise-rock bangers to brilliantly entertaining effect, avoiding post punk saturation with an easy style and wit


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Both 2020's '3D Routine' and 'Lines Redacted' from last year were big hits in the shop, singling mush out as a band unafraid of whimsical melody amongst the more furious moments of activity, and 'Down Tools' looks like it will only continue the legacy. Both beautifully tuneful and full of cleverly written, skilfully played hooks. Great stuff.

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    Grief Thief
    Karoshi Karaoke
    Get On Yer Soapbox
    Human Resources
    Northern Safari
    Dense Traffic
    Side B
    Inkblot And The Wedge
    Group Of Death
    Groundswell
    Interlude
    Burn, Suffering!
    Down Tools

    Dinked Edition Flexi Disc:
    Hit The Bricks (non-album Track)

    Mush

    Lines Redacted - Love Record Stores 2021 Edition

      Love Record Stores Edition available instore from 10am on Saturday September 4th, any remaining copies will be available on online from 9pm on the same day.
      Limited to one per person.


      Mush

      Lines Redacted

        The Leeds-based art-rock trio, Mush, release their feverish second LP, Lines Redacted via Memphis Industries. 

        Whereas the band’s debut was very much a product of its time, something part-inspired by the political atmosphere of mid-2019 and a genuine moment of optimism when the prospect of a socialist government in the UK was on the cards, this new record uses tongue-in-cheek cynicism as a coping mechanism for the environment that we now find ourselves in. From one song to the next, Lines Redacted introduces a string of different narrators with each providing a different reflection on the Armageddon scenario that we are slowly entering, whether that’s bemoaning it or gleefully willing it along. 3D Routine presented a bed of scathing political jibes latching onto themes and decisions of the time. Lines Redacted mutates these ideas into something slightly more sinister whilst maintaining all of Hyndman’s razor-sharp wit that permeates the album.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: Lines Redacted is a whirling, snarling dervish of punky guitars, booming bass and frantic vocal ruminations. It's a visceral but perfectly measured affair, well rounded and fiery.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Drink The Bleach
        2. Blunt Instruments
        3. Positivity
        4. Dusting For Prints
        5. Lines Redacted
        6. Seven Trumpets
        7. Clean Living
        8. Morf
        9. Hazmat Suits
        10. Bots!
        11. B2BCDA
        12. Lines Discontinued

        Mush

        3D Routine

          Following on from their ‘Induction Party E.P’, Mush are circulating their own sonic mythology, blurring the lines between abstract surrealism, existentialism and social commentary. Like its predecessor ‘3D Routine’ is a sensory overload of clattering, hooky, guitar work. However, this time space emerges between the onslaughts and in this respite, room is found for new emotional depth. More expansive than ever before, ‘3D Routine’ manages to maintain the rawness of a classic debut but it’s experimentation and variety portray a band unlikely to rest on their ‘guitar band’ chops.

          Songwriter Dan Hyndman explains the genesis of the band as being “fairly boiler plate” a combination of friends old and new converging in Leeds post-uni to form a band predominantly united in their mutual affection for the Pavement back catalogue. Finally settling on a lineup of Nick Grant (bass), Tyson (guitar) and Phil Porter (drums) the band’s progression has taken them far beyond this original vision.

          Having garnered local attention in the early days for their unhinged and often calamitous live shows in Leeds, it was the unlikely radio hit ‘Alternative Facts’, (clocking in at an uncompromising ten minutes) that brought the Mush to the attention of a wider audience. The song, one of the last releases for the legendary Too Pure Singles Club saw early support from Marc Riley and others on BBC 6music with them playing multiple sessions, and the follow up single, ‘Gig Economy’ hopping onto the 6music playlist. Roaming further afield from their hometown, Mush spent the first half of 2019 heading out around the UK, earning a reputation for their intense live performances, supporting the likes of Girl Band, The Lovely Eggs, Yak, Shame and Stereolab, as well as releasing the ‘Induction Party’ EP to great acclaim. At the tail end of summer of 2019 Mush headed to Leeds’ Green Mount Studio and with Andy Savours (Dream Wife, Our Girl, My Bloody Valentine) manning the mixing desk, their debut LP, ‘3D Routine’ was born.

          The way in which the album brazenly moves from polished 3- minute punk tracks, to avant-garde spoken word, to sardonic-political funk, whilst sounding like the same band is testament to an uncompromisingly unrefined ethic and compounds the jarring nature of Mush. Together, the songs form a unified, abrasive, emotive, frenetic and entirely beguiling concoction of sound and opinion, a fast-moving snapshot of current times, relatable, politically minded and incredibly personal. Music for those who want their guitars loud and weird, and their political commentary a little less ‘on the nose’. 


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Clashing post-punk attitude meets with playful 'oi' vox and brilliantly intricate counter melodies, forming a melodically diverse but consistently enjoyable shift of pace and style. With more arty sections brilliantly offset by a cohesive anthemic drive, 3D routine is a brilliantly assured debut.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Revising My Fee
          2. Eat The Etiquette
          3. Existential Dread
          4. Coronation Chicken
          5. Island Mentality
          6. Fruits Of The Happening
          7. Hey Gammonhead
          8. 3D Routine
          9. Gig Economy
          10. Poverty Pornography
          11. No Signal In The Paddock
          12. Alternative Facts

          Her Space Holiday

          Sleepy Tigers

          "Sleepy Tigers" is the lead off track from Her Space Holiday's full-length, "XOXO, Panda And The New Kid Revival". In addition to the title track, three new compositions are included on the release. These tracks are not outtakes or throwaways from the recording of the full-length, but are in fact fully realized works completed in a fit of inspiration as the single was being compiled. For longtime fans of Her Space Holiday, those anxious to hear the new creative direction taken on "XOXO, Panda And The New Kid Revival", or new listeners yet to discover what makes Her Space Holiday one of Mush's most beloved acts, "Sleepy Tigers" is the perfect preview of what's to come. Recording as Her Space Holiday since 1996, Marc Bianchi creates sugarcoated dreamscapes floating alongside bitter-sweet narratives of life.

          Lymbyc Systym

          Love Your Abuser Remixed

            Lymbyc Systym's has made many new friends in the last year and a half as they've toured in support of their Mush Records debut, "Love Your Abuser". They've asked some of those friends – The Album Leaf, The One AM Radio, Daedelus, This Will Destroy You, and Back Ted-N-Ted – to remix some of the material from their album. In addition Mush Records' Black Country Bibio and Austinite Reference turn in masterful reworkings. Each artist adds their unique touches to Lymbyc Systym's already epic source material, working simultaneously as a companion piece to 2007's "Love Your Abuser" and as a compelling album on its own, "Love Your Abuser Remixed" is further testament to Lymbyc Systym's powerful presence in the instrumental music scene. Hailing from Tempe, Arizona, Jared and Michael Bell formed Lymbyc Systym late in 2001. Drawing inspiration from the groups Tortoise, Explosions in the Sky, and Four Tet, their compositions cleverly combine vintage keyboards, infectious melodies, analog effects, dynamic drumming, and intricate laptop programming to form melodic and cohesive tracks that blur the borders between post-rock, indie-rock, and folktronica.

            Pedro

            You Me And Everyone

              Fresh off the triumph of Mush's 2006 re-release of his self-titled debut (where he took the 2003 Melodic version back to the studio for a sonic overhaul), London's mighty Pedro returns with "You, Me & Everyone". While comparisons to artists like Four Tet and Minotaur Shock have been natural on his past releases, Pedro approaches this latest set of compositions in a way that continues to establish his unique take on folk and jazz based electronica. Free-jazz horn blasts ring out with new vigor, drums hit a bit harder, and Pedro continues to forge new elements into his song craft, even raising the ghosts of Liquid Liquid and A Certain Ratio on a track or two. "Me, You & Everyone" will surely be the album that secures Pedro a position among the game's elite.

              Her Space Holiday

              Let's Get Quiet Vol. 2

                "Let's Get Quiet Vol. 2" is a four-track instrumental EP. Opener "OSAF" harkens back to the electro-infused beats of hip-hop's early days. "Wrapped in Plastic" is classic Her Space Holiday: intricate string flourishes, intriguing breakdowns, and melodic refrains over electronic drums. On "Panda Strikes", Arabesque synth lines weave through thick bass lines and dancefloor-ready drumbeats. The EP's closer, "Wishbone", is all lulling tropicalia, as dense string arrangements and lush melodies float over dreamy production.

                Neotropic

                White Rabbits

                  Riz Maslen (Neotropic) is regarded as possibly electronic music's most accomplished female artist.


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