The Mysterines perform at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Oct. 26, 2022. (Photos by Ben Eisendrath)
Young Liverpool grunge rockers The Mysterines opened for AWOLNATION at The Fillmore Silver Spring recently, and the USA got an early look at these rising stars!
Ben Eisendrath was there to photograph the band.
The Mysterines performed as the first of three bands on the bill at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Oct. 26. The band played about seven songs, drawing from their debut full-length album, Reeling, which was released by Fiction Records in March of this year.
Reeling was made under the watchful eye of acclaimed producer Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, The Big Moon, PJ Harvey) over three weeks in between lockdowns at Assault & Battery studios in London, recorded live to capture the intensity of the songs. “It’s a pretty ambiguous title for most people, but for me Reeling sums up every emotion of the album in just one word,” said The Mysterines frontwoman Lia Metcalfe. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”
Grief, self-destruction and heartache run heavy through the record, but all are brought together by the blackest of humor. The dirty desert blues of “Life’s a Bitch” was actually meant to be the first single, “but it turns out I say ‘bitch’ too much on it,” Lia said. Other tracks run the gamut from the grunged-up country of “Old Friends, Die Hard” to the giddy, free-falling “On The Run,” Lia’s unique take on the tale of the teenage runaways in Terrence Mallick’s iconic Badlands.
Watch the official music video for “Life’s a Bitch (But I Like It So Much)” by The Mysterines on YouTube:
Hailing from Liverpool and the Wirral in England, The Mysterines consist of Lia Metcalfe (vocals and guitar), George Favager (bass guitar), Callum Thompson (guitar and backing vocals), and Paul Crilly (drums and backing vocals).
The Mysterines are a true force to be reckoned with. Barely out of their teens, they completely sold out both their 2020 and 2021 headline UK tours, are BBC Radio 1’s Future Artist for January as well as one of Amazon Music UK’s Ones To Watch 2022. This is alongside having supported Royal Blood, The Amazons, and Sea Girls on tour, alongside headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds. Their fans include tastemakers NME, Independent, Metro, MOJO, DIY, Dork, Upset, CLASH, and Gigwise.
Here are some photos of The Mysterines at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Oct. 26, 2022. All pictures copyright and courtesy of Ben Eisendrath.