Mini Mansions Release New Single BAD THINGS (THAT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD)
Following its first play by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 last night, today Mini Mansions, the beloved Los Angeles band comprising members of Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and The Last Shadow Puppets, release new single "Bad Things (That Make You Feel Good)." Listen here.
Lead singer Michael Shuman says of the track, "Sometimes in life we forget to be ourselves and really let loose. I live my life inspired by two people: Sigmund Freud and Gary Numan. Both adopting the grand idea of the 'Pleasure Principle'. Our new track "Bad Things (That Make You Feel Good)" is the musical and lyrical marriage of the two greats."
Mini Mansions will embark on U.S. tour this Spring that will kick off atBrooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 30 and take them to U.S. cities including DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and more. All dates can be found below. Tickets can be found on the band's website.
Mini Mansions are the type of gang whose charm lies in their individual idiosyncrasies. A trio of partners-in-crime, best friends and brothers in all but blood,Michael Shuman, Zach Dawes and Tyler Parkford's unique personalities are reflected in their third forthcoming album Guy Walks Into A Bar... The album was recorded at Barefoot Studios in Los Angeles in 2018. While all three bandmates are occupied with other gigs (notably Dawes plays in The Last Shadow Puppets, Parkford in Arctic Monkeys and Shuman plays bass in Queens Of The Stone Age, Mini Mansions is their priority. And, for this album, Shuman relinquished his role as drummer for the first time. Drumming come courtesy of his QotSA bandmateJon Theodore.
Guy Walks Into A Bar... is a record that 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. 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. As they reveal each stage from beginning to end, the songs change in mood and even specific setting as the relationship itself deteriorated.
Co-produced by Shuman and long time collaborator/mixer Cian Riordan, 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," which sounds like Devo by way of ELO.
The album's narrative progresses from reckless antics to the serious trappings of starting to care for a person you've connected with, falling in love, then swiftly and dramatically falling out of it. There's a push-pull between the nocturnal whimsy of being freewheelin' dudes, and a fear of adulthood as the threesome become fully grown men. And, because Mini Mansions are always a good time, the result is both their most heartfelt and their sleekest, most direct and downright poppiest effort to date.
Tickets are now on sale for the below dates and are available on Mini Mansions' website.
Upcoming U.S. Tour Dates
05/30 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
05/31 - Washington, DC - DC9
06/01 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
06/03 - Boston, MA - Middle East
06/04 - Albany, NY - Hollow
06/05 - Toronto, ON, Canada - Velvet Underground
06/06 - Detroit, MI - The Loving Touch
06/07 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
06/18 - Sacramento, CA - Holy Diver
06/20 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
06/21 - Vancouver, BC, Canada - Biltmore
06/22 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
06/24 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
06/26 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
06/27 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
06/28 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram
UK Tour Dates
05.04.19 - Live at Leeds - Leeds, UK
05.05.19 - Hit The North - Newcastle, UK
05.06.19 - King Tuts - Glasgow, UK
05.08.19 - Whelans - Dublin, Ireland
05.09.19 - Hare & Hounds - Birmingham, UK
05.11.19 - The Great Escape - Brighton, UK
05.12.19 - The Joiners - Southampton, UK
05.13.19 - The Cavern - Exeter, UK
05.14.19 - Clwb Ifor Bach - Cardiff, UK
05.16.19 - Esquires - Bedford, UK
05.17.19 - The Portland Arms - Cambridge, UK
05.18.19 - The Waterfront Studio - Norwich, UK
05.20.19 - Picturehouse Social - Sheffield, UK
05.21.19 - The Forum - Tunbridge Wells, UK
05.23.19 - District - Liverpool, UK