Hartlepool's MT. MISERY announce 'The Time it Takes' EP, out 01/07 + share new single 'Spinning Top'
"A haloed piece of Northern guitar pop" - Clash "Shades of Big Star, Dr. Dog and Teenage Fanclub leap out from the speakers... an essential summer discovery" - Record Collector "A quintessentially British flavour of storytelling that’s both heartfelt and believable, bringing to mind bands such as Teenage Fanclub or even Belle And Sebastian. 8/10" - The Line of Best Fit “A stunning piece of West Coast pop with the warmest melodies you may well hear all year. Perfect. 5/5” - NARC "A perfectly formed pop record with more than enough depth to keep you coming back for more" - For The Rabbits “At times timeless but full of heartfelt emotion.. Certainly ones to watch for this summer and for years to come” - Backseat Mafia
Hartlepool indie-pop trio Mt. Misery released their debut album 'Once Home, No Longer' via Prefect Records (Ex-Void, The Natvral, EggS) in summer 2021, alongside a long-since sold-out limited edition Rough Trade Exclusive vinyl. Today they have announced their new EP 'The Time It Takes' will be released on 1st July in partnership with the PRS Foundation’s ‘Open Fund’. To celebrate they have also shared the video for glistening spring single ‘Spinning Top’. The band’s sound reflects a timeless but beautiful heartbreak for fans of Real Estate, Whitney and Alvvays, but under the surface, there is a mature determination to succeed that can only be cultivated in the working-class environs of a northern town. Speaking about the track, Vocalist and guitarist Andrew said, “We tried to make Spinning Top a little more energetic and less restrained than what we've done before, not worrying as much about getting the perfect take or doing things the 'right' way. I was feeling a bit anxious around the time it was written, maybe amplified by having lots of time to dwell on things across various lockdowns. It doesn't take much to send me spiralling, which probably comes across in the lyrics. That sort of thing feels a bit daunting to talk about normally, so it's good to be able to communicate it in a different way.” The video's director, Marcus T. Diamond says, "I used a layered experimental typographic approach to capture the dynamic beat and lyrical qualities of the song. Alongside this, use of the hand drawn and collage images are built up in areas to bring another dimension to footage filmed by the band themselves on their phones."
Live Dates: Wednesday 4th May - Off The Ground, Middlesbrough with Mt. Doubt Thursday 5th May - Bobiks, Newcastle with Mt. Doubt Friday 6th May - MacArts, Galashields with Mt. Doubt Sunday 22nd May - Basecamp, Middlesbrough with Nel Unlit Thursday 30th June - Cobalt, Newcastle Wednesday 28th September - Jacaranda Club, Liverpool Thursday 29th September - Talleyrand, Manchester
1. Spinning Top
2. The Time It Takes
3. You & Me Song