Real blokes who play real music for real people, Melbourne four piece The Mean Times are very excited to be releasing their mini-album, You’ve Got The Wrong Guys.
Containing five punchy, energetic, and intoxicating tracks, You’ve Got the Wrong Guys simultaneously emits a lively energy and spirit, with a purposeful stride and focus. With all the songs clocking in around the very radio-friendly three and a half minute mark, the band has certainly honed the craft of how to economise each song into a wham-bam-thank-you-Ma’am bite-sized package of sonic fun.
The Mean Times sound is an amalgamation of infectious high-energy, melodious rock and roll, and Good God Almighty funtimes. It’s a pastiche of indie cool, sharp riffs, scuzzy laden and confident rock, and catchy pop choruses, all delivered with a side serve of tongue in cheek lyrics and a hell of a lot of swagger.
Obviously children of the 90s, The Mean Times have taken the best bits of post-grunge power-pop, Brit-pop and Australia’s Triple J heroes of the same era, then thrown in a touch of old school rock and roll, to create their own brand of quirky, everyday-man’s rock. Their musical inspiration comes from the likes of The Fauves, Pixies, Weezer, Regurgitator, Rolling Stones, Blur, Custard, Pulp, Pavement and Violent Femmes.
For the recording they mixed it up and sweated it out in unorthodox spaces such as laundries and bathrooms, as well as a few of Melbourne’s better known rehearsal spaces. This approach ensured spontaneity and the mini- album takes the listener on a magical rollercoaster ride of light and shade in the form of sometimes high energy punk and other times melodic indie-rock with lashings of synth. Either way, the band certainly tends to put their own special brand and added spice to what they create.
Upon taking in the lyrical witticisms on You’ve Got The Wrong Guys, it’s evident that The Mean Times are the type of down to earth, pleasure seeking blokes you know you’d like to sit down with and share a drink and a laugh. The band comprises of Tom Morgan on vocals and gui- tar, Ryan Williams on drums, Dave Schreuder on guitar and Rob Meerkat on bass and synth. They are a mix of two Victorians, two Taswegians and all parts mongrel.
In anticipation of the release of You’ve Got the Wrong Guys, the band has also just released an excellent music video for the mini-album’s track, Crossing the Line. The song and clip capture the sweat, tension, fear and lust of Bikram yoga and was filmed in a stinking hot, over-40 degree room
You’ve Got the Wrong Guys is about as easy to ignore as a punch in the face, and The Mean Times will be launching the mini-album in their hometown of Mel- bourne very soon with plans for interstate shows on the horizon for early 2015. Keep an eye on your gig guides.
released November 24, 2014
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