6 Apr 2018
Brighton's Finest reviews MIEN
Comprised of The Black Angels’ Alex Maas, The Horror’s Tom Furse, Elephant Stone’s Rishi Dhir and The Earlies’ John Mark Lapham, MIEN are a super group in every sense of the word. Yet, history has shown this type of act doesn’t always work. Thankfully, this isn’t true for an album that transports you through the history of psychedelia.
The seeds were sown for this collaboration in 2004, when Dhir found himself in a chance encounter with Maas whilst performing sitar with his former band on a bill at SXSW in Austin, with The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Not long afterwards, he stumbled across The Earlies, who he would similarly collaborate and share a stage with. This led to essentially the genesis of MIEN. Furse then came into the picture a few years later and the line-up was complete.
The result is a record that transcends a variety of influences, from The Velvet Underground to Neu!, straight through to George Harrison and Jefferson Airplane. At its essence, it’s a love letter to the members’ record collections, whilst at the same time managing to remain modern and relevant...
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