13 Apr 2018
Off The Tracks reviews MIEN
MIEN is a modern psych-rock supergroup and the band’s debut, self-titled album lives up to and surpasses any hype. The members are Alex Maas (The Black Angels), Tom Furse (The Horrors), John-Mark Lapham (The Earlies) and Rishi Dhir (Elephant Stone) and through traces of those bands we arrive at a new sound – part shoegaze (Ropes), part psych-rock (Black Habit), a little bit of horror-movie soundscape (Other).
It’s an assured debut, filled with huge collective experience and over a decade in the making.
The seeds of this collaboration date back to the early 2000s – Maas and Dhir meeting, then Lapham being on the same bill at festivals too, flash forward a few years and Dhir is playing bass with The Black Angels – and, well, from there…
So now we have the best of The Horror’s rocking fuzz-drenched indie-pop (Odyssey) and good old Krautrock-influenced jamming (Black Habit – which rides along on KISS’ Detroit Rock City-bassline if played properly)...
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