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Mush Return With New Single “Blunt Instruments” – Second Album Due February 12th via Memphis Industries

November 20, 2020
James Brown


Return with new single “Blunt Instruments”

Announce second album: Lines Redacted – February 12, 2021
Out via Memphis Industries

Leeds-based art-rock trio, Mush, are now sharing their blistering new single, “Blunt Instruments” – listen here.

The track comes in tandem with news of their second album, Lines Redacted which is set for release on February 12, 2021, via Memphis Industries. The full-length release, which finds the group recruiting Lee Smith (The Cribs, Pulled Apart By Horses) on mixing duties, arrives just under a year after their debut LP, 3D Routine, capping off what has been an obviously tumultuous, but remarkably prolific year for the band. With any prospect of live shows decimated, the group, led by songwriter, Dan Hyndman, has found the time to release two EPs (‘Great Artisanal Formats’ and ‘Yellow Sticker Hour’) and now a duo of full-length albums.

Whereas the band’s debut was very much a product of its time, something part-inspired by the political atmosphere of mid-2019 and a genuine moment of optimism when the prospect of a socialist government in the UK was on the cards, this new record uses tongue-in-cheek cynicism as a coping mechanism for the environment that we now find ourselves in. Across twelve tracks, Lines Redacted introduces a string of different narrators with each providing a different reflection on the Armageddon scenario that we are slowly entering, whether that’s bemoaning it or gleefully willing it along.

This first single, “Blunt Instruments” is an explosive exploration of angular tones, brash beats and powerful abrasive distortion hurtling towards the scaling notes and the powerful lyrics. The vocals dominate the track, fighting the punk-tinged fierce instrumentation to hit the soundscape with attitude. The wordsmith mesmerizes the audience with the harmony, the charisma, and the ability to captivate from that first note. The outfit at once, all control the chaos they develop and maintain throughout the arrangement, they hold the power and effortlessly flirt their intensive strikes into the journey of the track.

Tipped previously by the likes of BBC 6 Music, Loud & Quiet, Uncut, Q, Stereogum, DIY, The Line of Best Fit, Dork and more, Mush, comprised of Hyndman (guitar/vox), Nick Grant (bass/vox) and Phil Porter (drums), present their own sonic idiosyncrasy. It’s a sound that blurs the lines of abstract surrealism, existentialism and social commentary; utilising guitars as tools in 2020 to stave off malaise whilst simultaneously commenting on the nation’s ability to fall into such dire straits. It’s a sensory overload of wiry tones that zig-zag between punk, prog and sardonic-funk with a relentless ability to reflect society’s faults and apathy in a unique and acerbic manner.

Live shows alongside Girl Band, Shame, The Lovely Eggs, Stereolab, and more allowed tracks from 3D Routine to develop in the live capacity before becoming their fully-formed, recorded counterparts. Lines Redacted, on the other hand,is a product of supposed home-working and having more time to-hand; written at the tail end of an election cycle, in the midst of a pandemic and with a large-scale recession lingering like a dark blot on the edge of an ever-shrinking horizon.

Lines Redacted will be available on clear transparent vinyl plus an exclusive Rough Trade purple vinyl edition.


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