Announce New Album ‘Guy Walks Into A Bar…’
With New Single ‘GummyBear’
UK Tour in May
Mini Mansions announce their third studio album ‘Guy Walks Into A Bar…’ will be released on July 26th on Fiction Records. The band also today release their brand new single ‘GummyBear,’ following
Lead singer Michael Shuman says of ‘GummyBear’, “Although GummyBear is rather fun and comical, the sentiment and story behind it are quite the opposite. At that time I really wanted to make an all disco record, but I guess this is as close as Mini Mansions gets to being part of the Gibbs family.”
The band will be heading to the UK to tour in May. They will be joined by Shuman’s fellow Queens of the Stone Age band mate and friend Jon Theodore, who also revolutionised the dynamic of the band by playing drums on ‘Guy Walks Into A Bar…’.
‘Guy Walks Into A Bar…’ as an album 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. “It started off as a joke because it is a joke,” says Shuman of the title. “It’s a way to start off the story of a relationship that ends up getting much deeper.”
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.
The result is their sleekest, most direct and downright poppiest effort to date. There are some additional familiar voices dotted in with a duet with The Kills’ front woman Alison Mosshart on “Hey Lover”and backing vocals from Z Berg (former singer in The Like) on “Forgot Your Name”and the disco banger, “Living In The Future”.
Earlier this year at Barefoot Studios in Hollywood, the band flipped the song writing script by kicking the cocktail kit and bringing in an outside drummer. Shuman’s bandmate and friend Jon Theodore (Queens of the Stone Age, Mars Volta) graciously entered the picture.
While all three of Mini Mansions are occupied with other gigs (notably Dawes plays in The Last Shadow Puppets, Parkford in Arctic Monkeys and Shuman still plays bass in Queens of The Stone Age), Mini Mansions is where they feel most at home.
Pre-order ‘Guy Walks Into A Bar…’ here: https://MiniMansions.lnk.to/GWIABPR
- Should Be Dancing
- Bad Things (That Make You Feel Good)
- Don’t Even Know You
- Forgot Your Name
- I’m In Love
- Time Machine
- Works Every Time
- Living In The Future
- Hey Lover (feat. Alison Mosshart)
- Tears In Her Eyes
The band will be touring the UK in May, including several festivals and a show at London’s Islington Assembly Hall. Fans who pre-order the album via the official store before 12pm GMT Tuesday 19th February, will get exclusive access to the pre-sale for the chance to purchase tickets to the UK tour in May. Tickets on general sale from 9am GMT, Thursday 21st February.
Full dates below:
04.05.19 Live at Leeds Leeds, UK
05.05.19 Hit The North Newcastle, UK
06.05.19 King Tuts Glasgow, UK
08.05.19 Whelans Dublin, Ireland
09.05.19 Hare & Hounds Birmingham, UK
11.05.19 The Great Escape Brighton, UK
12.05.19 The Joiners Southampton, UK
13.05.19 The Cavern Exeter, UK
14.05.19 Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff, UK
16.05.19 Esquires Bedford, UK
17.05.19 The Portland Arms Cambridge, UK
18.05.19 The Waterfront Studio Norwich, UK
20.05.19 Picturehouse Social Sheffield, UK
21.05.19 The Forum Tunbridge Wells, UK
22.05.19 Islington Assembly Hall London, UK
23.05.19 District Liverpool, UK
The band will also be continuing their support to Arctic Monkeys in Australia and New Zealand over the next two months:
23.02.19 RAC Arena Perth, Australia
26.02.19 Rod Laver Arena Melbourne, Australia
27.02.19 Rod Laver Arena Melbourne, Australia
01.03.19 Qudos Bank Arena Sydney, Australia
02.03.19 Qudos Bank Arena Sydney, Australia
03.03.19 Entertainment Centre Brisbane, Australia
06.03.19 Spark Arena Auckland, New Zealand