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Mandy, Indiana Share New Single “Injury Detail” Out Now via Fire Talk Records

January 17, 2023
Photo Credit: Harry Steel

MANDY, INDIANA

Share new single “Injury Detail” out now via Fire Talk Records

Manchester, UK-based band Mandy, Indiana return with new single, “Injury Detail,” via Fire Talk Records, their first new music since the release of 2021’s acclaimed ‘’ EP. Mandy, Indiana – Valentine Caulfield (vocals/lyrics), Scott Fair (guitar/production), Simon Catling (synth) and Alex MacDougall (drums) – meld experimental noise and dance music, from drum machine snaps and pulsing bass to white noise and lo-fi scuff.

“Injury Detail” is a dramatic reintroduction, opening with a grand organ before morphing into a thumping dance track fit for a warehouse rave. Produced by Fair and Robin Stewart of Giant Swan, the song takes inspiration from dystopian video games and films such as Blade Runner 2049 and Bioshock. “‘Injury Detail’ was inspired by the idea of being trapped in a liminal space, with the guitars creating a seemingly limitless and undefined landscape. The vocals act as a guide to possible salvation, or perhaps something of a more sinister intent,” explains Caulfield. The accompanying video was directed by Thomas Harrington Rawle.

Mandy, Indiana have this infatuating fervor within their entire vision. The outfit builds such brutal, industrial soundscapes which emit this immense energy through the uneasy journey. “Injury Detail” welcomes this outfit back to our world, with their dramatic new ensemble, the band begins to sculpt their ominous aura enticing the audience to fixate on the abstract yet addictive melodies, soaring above the gritty and dominating tonality throughout the composition. As the aura transforms with the complex bass low-end, percussive hits, and the thudding beat, the darker textures define this harsh voyage.

Formed out of the fertile Manchester independent scene, Mandy, Indiana generate a sound that is at once chaotic and precision engineered – abrasive beats and gnarled guitars sit in thickets of distortion around Caulfield’s commanding vocals sung in her native language, French. Their songs, which incorporate found samples and field recordings, are recorded in a variety of spaces, from rehearsal rooms and home studios to cavernous industrial mills and shopping malls.

Mandy, Indiana’s first recordings emerged around 2019, culminating in their debut, 2021’s ‘…’ EP,  which featured a heavy-hitting remix from Daniel Avery.  Its single, “Bottle Episode,” was named a Best Song of 2021 by Pitchfork, who recognized the “perverse playfulness” of Caufield’s grim lyrics, and Paste, who hailed it “an exhilarating darkness for the bold to brave.” The EP also led to Stereogum naming Mandy, Indiana a Best New Band of 2021 and NME to name them an Essential Emerging Artist for 2022. Since then, they’ve become a live favorite in the UK, supporting the likes of Squid, IDLES, Gilla Band, Wet Leg, and SCALPING, along with  festival appearances at Pitchfork Paris, End of the Road, and more.  The band will be making their US debut at SXSW 2023 as part of the official lineup. “Injury Detail” is a taste of more music to come from Mandy, Indiana this year.

See Mandy, Indiana live:
20 Jan – Lexington, London UK (SOLD OUT)
3 Feb – Yes, Manchester UK
4 Feb – Future Yard, Birkenhead UK
5 Feb – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
10-19 Mar – SXSW, Austin, Texas USA

https://mandyindiana.bandcamp.com/track/injury-detail

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