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Review: Mien – Mien

When a band assembles as a side project from four successful bands, the first rule of thumb should be to NOT overshadow their original and still active bands. I may be alone in this assessment but I felt that is what happened with Hot Tuna, a side venture with several musicians from Jefferson Airplane. The newly released debut from Mien not only is a great album of psych Rock today, but it has currently overshadowed albums from the four members’ respective bands. Of course, I STILL love all the bands that the Mien members hail from. But I must confess, I’m ALREADY awaiting the next Mien album.

The members of Mien are: Alex Maas (The Black Angels), Rishi Dhir (Elephant Stone), Tom Furse (The Horrors), and John-Mark Lapham (The Earlies). With recent albums released and breaks after tours, the four members decided to convene and flesh out further earlier plans for a band.

With a long period of ramping up, the debut album is currently in release. If you’re a fan of the popular Psychedelic Rock genre that has exploded this past decade, then Mien is def an album you want to hear…ALL of it.

This new Mien album has all of the elements of success within. There’s the timely lyrics found in songs like “(I’m Tired Of) Western Shouting”, the use of sitar, loops, keyboards, plus everything you would want in an album that reflects a provocative statement about music in today’s world.

Mien is – quite simply – an album of magnificent exploration in modern Rock. With ten songs running an approximately 43 minutes in album length, the album will provide many hours of delightful replay. It is as original, as retro, and as experimental as can be, all while remaining compelling music.

Another excellent thing that the band is doing (in addition to the release of a strong album), is a compilation of playlists that explore the PsychRock genre heavily with a few ‘off the path’ gems attached. These can be followed and enjoyed on Spotify.

If you need to be acclimated into the musical thrill and pleasure of Psychedelic Rock circa 2018, then Mien is a great jumping point that should lead to more in the burgeoning genre, a genre so big that it has its own weekend festival, Levitation (April 26-29, here).

Reissue Of Hawkwind Collection, Space Chase 1980-1985 Set For December

Hawkwind Space Chase 1980-1985Hawkwind explored the outer regions of Rock and Roll with its hard-edged style. Their sound kept them quite interesting with its spacey approach. And with a luminary like Lemmy Kilmister once in the lineup, better focus was provided the band, especially after his departure and eventual formation of Mötörhead. Hawkwind favored a space theme, bending and twisting guitars to create wails, echos, and whistles in longer than normal time frames for songs.

Hawkwind has never been forgotten. In fact, they have been anthologized many times, with pin-point approaches to their music during various periods of their existence.

On December 1, Caroline Records will re-pack the reissue of the 2011 single CD collectible that brought together fifteen tracks from their early ’80s albums that include Levitation (1980), Sonic Attack (1981), Choose Your Masques (1982), and The Chronicle of The Black Sword (1985). The box will add in a nice 50-page booklet along with a poster.

The 2011 collection is called Space Chase 1980-1985.

Space Chase 1980-1985 Track-list

01. Levitation
02. Motor Way City
03. World of Tiers
04. Space Chase
05. Shot Down In The Night (Single Version)
06. Rocky Paths
07. Angels of Death
08. Living On A Knife Edge
09. Nuclear Drive
10. Choose Your Masques
11. Silver Machine (1982 Single Version)
12. Waiting For Tomorrow
13. Dragons & Fables
14. The Sea King
15. Needle Gun