In the ever-evolving landscape of indie music, few bands have managed to capture the essence of classic British rock n' roll while seamlessly integrating elements of shoegaze, 60s psych, and Britpop quite like The Mease. Their latest offering, "The Machine Rolls On...", is not merely an album; it's a testament to the enduring power of musical innovation and homage to the rich tapestry of British music history. This highly anticipated follow-up to their 5-star debut album is poised to set the music world ablaze with its release on April 26th, available on limited CD and vinyl formats, with pre-orders already lighting up on platforms like Wax & Beans and The Mease Bandcamp page.
Hailing from the Midlands, The Mease has quickly ascended to become one of the most followed new indie bands, cherished for their signature catchy riffs and compelling vocal melodies. Their sound, a sophisticated blend influenced by iconic acts such as The Coral, Ocean Colour Scene, Arctic Monkeys, Richard Hawley, and The Beatles, marks them as a beacon of modern indie music with a respectful nod to the legends of yesteryears.
An Explosion of Sound
"The Machine Rolls On..." is an audacious journey through the realms of sound. The album sees The Mease elevating their musicianship to unprecedented heights, weaving Beatles-esque guitar riffs and melodies with the mesmerizing drones of a sitar and the raw energy of a harmonica, channeling the spirit of Led Zeppelin. The inclusion of special guest classical singers on backing vocals further enriches the sonic palette, making for a thrilling roller coaster of auditory experiences.
The concept of time threads through the album, serving as a reflective backdrop against which The Mease explore various themes and sounds. From the electrifying opener "Dig A Little Deeper" - a rock 'n' roll anthem that marries the grandiosity of Led Zeppelin with the indie charm of The Charlatans - to the epic album closer, which can only be described as a Radiohead-inspired Champagne Supernova, the band showcases their fearless approach to music-making. Lyrics like “Everything you see is by design, a perfectly orchestrated social decline...The machine rolls on...” encapsulate the band’s contemplative and, at times, critical take on the world.
A Word from the Band
Guy Smith, The Mease's lead guitarist, shared his excitement about the new project, stating, "We’ve really kicked into top gear with this album. The musicianship is next level! The guitars and amps echo the Beatles' 'Revolver', and the songs are like nothing else out there – with influences ranging from psych rock to shoegaze, Britpop to funk. The addition of a classical singer on backing vocals for a few tunes adds an unexpected twist. It’s full of surprises, twists, and turns. It’s a proper album and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it."
Meet The Mease
The Mease consists of Tristan Cooper (lead vocals/guitar), Guy Smith (lead guitar), Adam Goulding (keys), Jon Wright (drums), and Jack Stanger (bass/percussion). This Derby-based quintet has not only captured the hearts of a vast indie following but has also garnered critical acclaim, regularly earning the title of ‘record of the week’ on BBC Introducing. The synergy among its members, each bringing their unique flair to the table, has culminated in the creation of "The Machine Rolls On...", a work that is as much a forward-looking piece of art as it is a tribute to the musical greats of the past.
As the release date draws near, the anticipation among fans and critics alike is palpable. "The Machine Rolls On..." is more than an album; it's a bold declaration that The Mease are not just participants in the indie music scene but are shaping its future, one explosive track at a time.
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