Mini Mansions Announce New Album ‘Guy Walks Into A Bar…’ + Releases New Single ‘GummyBear’

February 16, 2019
Brian Tamborello

Mini Mansions

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 it’s premiere by Jack Saunders on Radio 1 – Listen here :

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:


  1. Should Be Dancing
  2. Bad Things (That Make You Feel Good)
  3. Don’t Even Know You
  4. Forgot Your Name
  5. I’m In Love
  6. Time Machine
  7. Works Every Time
  8. Living In The Future
  9. GummyBear
  10. Hey Lover (feat. Alison Mosshart)
  11. 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

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