ME REX Announces New EP ‘Stegosaurus’ out 27th November on Big Scary Monsters
Shares first track Rites about the cyclical patterns that accompany addiction
South London’s ME REX, aka Myles McCabe, saw early success with previous bands, but quickly became disillusioned with the music industry alongside an addiction to alcohol and battling mental health issues. However, the artist came into his own when he first began experimenting with electronic bedroom pop in 2018 in the solitude of his own home, leading to supports with the likes of Jeffrey Lewis and the Voltage, Chris Farren, and Onsind and tours in the UK and Europe with his constantly evolving new project.
With his band (Phoebe Cross (Happy Accidents/Cheerbleederz), Rich Mandell (Happy Accidents) and Kathryn Woods (Fresh/Cheerbleederz)) the artist has seen ME REX morph from a solo bedroom project into an exciting collaborative one. We are hooked!
Now, he announces his next EP with ME REX, ‘Stegosaurus’ is out 27th November on ME REX’s new label Big Scary Monsters.
ME REX celebrates this announcement with the release of stunning single “Rites“.
Lead single Rites is about the cyclical patterns that accompany addiction. Myles says; “’Rites’ is about how substance abuse can arrest emotional growth, the feeling of watching people grow up around you whilst being stuck in the same patterns for years.”
He continues; “I reached kind of a critical point with my mental health around the time I got sober and in the following months. I wasn’t really able to write or make music. I became quite disillusioned with the idea of being in a band and making music within the music industry and in 2012 the band gradually fell apart.” Says McCabe. “After a couple of years, I decided I wanted to work as a solo act, there were a lot of advantages to this, logistically and interpersonally things were a lot easier. I found it much easier to tour alone and enjoyed the autonomy, I began touring around the UK and Europe. In 2017 I joined Fresh and began to see that it actually was possible to organise practice, writing and touring in a way that wasn’t soul destroying.”
ME REX continues to amaze us. This unique act curates such powerful arrangements, each release haunts the audience and with Rites, these skills are once again effortlessly captured in the latest recording.
With the reflective lyrics and the passionate melodic beat- the result captivates the audience and moves them with such passion it feels like you experience a sincere and honest epiphany. This is a vivacious and vital listen.
ME REX as a solid unit has created a thing of beauty. This punchy riff sashays around the powerful melodies, the complimenting vocal harmonies and the intimate yet relatable lyrics. With Rites there is an air of sincere pop injected into their intense projections which remain somewhat influential.
As with the outfits previous releases, the act knows how to infuse their reflective lyrics with a passionate melodic beat which not only captivates the audience but sincerely moves them. In each release, the audience can feel that passion, that experience and can relate and resolve with honest empathy.
Graduating from home produced music, the band’s latest EPs were recorded at Resident Studios in North London with band member Rich Mandell at the helm; allowing ME REX the opportunity to explore musical concepts as a musical unit, shaping material that touches on themes of friendship, forgiveness, joy, dinosaurs and mental health wrapped in sombre melodies.
The EP is described as examining the destructive aspects of masculinity, avoiding conflict, and returning to one’s authentic self.
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