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Thursday 02 May 2019

Guy Walks Into A Bar: LA Supergroup Mini Mansions Set To Bring Their Dive Bar Jukebox Sound To Great Escape Brighton

Comprising members of Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and The Last Shadow Puppets, Los Angeles' very own Mini Mansions are set to illuminate The Great Escape Festival, in Brighton, with tracks from their forthcoming album, Guy Walks Into A Bar....
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As a teaser Mini Mansions have issued new track Bad Things (That Make You Feel Good), of which lead singer Michael Shuman says: 

"Sometimes in life we forget to be ourselves and really let loose. 

"I live my life inspired by two people: Sigmund Freud and Gary Numan. Both adopting the grand idea of the 'Pleasure Principle'. 

"Our new track "Bad Things (That Make You Feel Good)" is the musical and lyrical marriage of the two greats."

Mini Mansions are the type of gang whose charm lies in their individual idiosyncrasies. 

A trio of partners-in-crime, best friends and brothers in all but blood, Michael Shuman, Zach Dawes and Tyler Parkford's unique personalities are reflected in their third collection, Guy Walks Into A Bar… 


While all three bandmates are occupied with other gigs (notably Dawes plays in The Last Shadow Puppets, Parkford in Arctic Monkeys and Shuman plays bass in Queens Of The Stone Age, Mini Mansions is their priority. 

And, for this album, Shuman relinquished his role as drummer for the first time. Drumming come courtesy of his QotSA bandmate Jon Theodore.

The album is a record that examines the kind of hip-swaying rock'n'roll you'd find on a dive bar jukebox, it sounds happily disaffected by trend, time or place, like the titular joke itself. 

There are a hundred different kickers to that joke, but this time around the joke's on them. A guy walks into a bar only to face reality. 

The album has been a labour of love individually and collectively. In terms of the former, the lyrics on the record penned by singer/guitarist Shuman are the most hard-hitting, self-reflective he's ever shared, and all informed by a whirlwind relationship that's since dissipated. 

His ex-fiancee came into his life after one such night out, and he wrote most of the songs here contained in real time while on the road. 

As they reveal each stage from beginning to end, the songs change in mood and even specific setting as the relationship itself deteriorated. 

Guy Walks Into A Bar....'s narrative progresses from reckless antics to the serious trappings of starting to care for a person you've connected with, falling in love, then swiftly and dramatically falling out of it. 

There's a push-pull between the nocturnal whimsy of being freewheelin' dudes, and a fear of adulthood as the threesome become fully grown men. 

Mini Mansions play The Great Escape, Brighton, on Saturday 11th May 2019. CLICK HERE for tickets. 

by: Mike Cobley




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