MIEN = The Black Angels + Moon Duo + The Velvet Underground
“Mien” is defined as a person’s look or manner, especially one of a particular kind indicating their character or mood. MIEN the band can be defined as a specific unit of characters that supplements a creative outlet through music to bring about an undeniable mood. The mood is that of four musicians who have already established their individual careers before coming together to create MIEN, a meld of ’60s heroin-chic rock and electronic powerhouses, brimming with reverb and experimentalism.
MIEN are the byproduct of The Black Angels’ Alex Maas, The Horrors’ Tom Furse, Elephant Stone’s Rishi Dhir and The Earlies’ John-Mark Lapham. The quartet has been garnering such significant praise like “supergroup” since the release of their first single, “Bad Habit.”
“Bad Habit” was released in late January of 2018. The 3:07 track is certainly a harbinger of what is to come from the rest of Mien’s self-titled, debut album. À la The Black Angels, there is no shortage of delay pedals throughout the track. The bassline meshes with a dark, looming organ to layer each moment of the song heavily. There is nothing simple about this track, which is exactly what we can imagine MIEN are going for. With each of the band members’ individual careers already beyond a solid place, this can be assumed to be what proves to be the pushing of their musical limits.
MIEN’s debut is being released through the U.K’s independent label, Rocket Recordings. The album itself is meant to push the boundaries of psychedelia, a term none of the artists in this group are unfamiliar with. The Black Angels brought on a resurgence of psych rock with their 2006 release, Passover.
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