Mini Mansions’ forthcoming new album, The Great Pretenders, is due in March 2015 on T Bone Burnett’s Electromagnectic Recordings, via Fiction Records. The first single, Death Is A Girl, is available now. The introductory fast-paced track embraces dreamy psychedelic pop as much as 80’s new wave, and plays out with a sense of urgency, daring you to stand still. This single is accompanied by a B-side, a cover of Sparks’ Sherlock Holmes, and available via 7”.
Hailing from California, Mini Mansions’ musical venture was born organically, fated from a shared love of punk rock and melody. While each member made his own way individually, Mini Mansions formed as jam sessions turned into recordings. (Shuman is the current bassist in Queens of the Stone Age, Dawes has served as a studio hired gun and has worked with Brian Wilson, Kimbra, and longtime mentor T Bone Burnett, Parkford releases music under his solo moniker Mister Goodnite.)
The Great Pretenders ambitiously reflects the depth, variety, and musical/compositional interplay between these three distinct individuals. It’s also probably the only record you’ll hear this year that features both Brian Wilson and Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner as guests – indeed, its entire song cycle teems with that kind of surprising discovery.
The band recently supported Arctic Monkeys on some US dates – with Alex Turner joining Mini Mansions on stage in Phoenix to perform Vertigo from The Great Pretenders – followed by a US run with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., as well as some headline dates.
MINI MANSIONS LIVE:
Supporting Royal Blood:
Feb 22 Glasgow, Barrowlands
Feb 27 Plymouth, Pavilions
Feb 28 Bridlington, Spa
March 2 Portsmouth, Guildhall
March 3 Newport, Newport Centre
March 5 Norwich, UEA
March 6 Blackpool, Empress Ballroom
March 8 Belfast, Ulster Hall
March 9 Dublin, Olympia
March 11 Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
March 13 London, Brixton Academy
March 14 Nottingham, Rock City