You've Got The Wrong Guys

by The Mean Times

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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.

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released November 24, 2014

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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. ... more

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Track Name: Coming Up Below
Verse 1
Hello
You didn’t see us coming, did you?
Monsters from the deep are on their way from way down below
We’ve been
Right under your nose this whole time
Developing an artillery
That is beyond the sublime

Chorus 1
Citizens of earth
As switched on as you are
Stop staring at the stars
Cos we’re coming up below

Verse 2
Look out
Resistance it is futile you know
Too busy looking above to even look down below
Humans
Your guns are pointed at the wrong shit
No need to take us straight to your leader
Cos we know who he is

Chorus 1

Chorus 2
You’ve got the wrong guys x 4

Solo thing

Chorus 1

Chorus 2 x 2
Track Name: OK Diner
Verse 1
It’s late Monday night
All the shopkeepers have packed up their bain-marie’s
Gone back to their wives
But if you aint gotta wife
What a better way to waste away the dwindling hours
Left of your life
It’s the social hub in here
We got a coffee mug
We’re gonna fill it with beer for you
Whoo hoo hoo

Chorus
Cos there aint no reason I can see
Why we shouldn’t embrace mediocrity
The food all tastes like shit to me
But at least we’ve got great company now
I think I’ll find ya
Down at the OK Diner
With me
Whoo hoo hoo x 2

Verse 2
The macaroni cheese
Has been there all day
It’s staring out at you, it’s saying please
Take me home with you tonight
Come on, give me a try
Go grab yourself a magazine
While we microwave this margarine for you
Whoo hoo hoo

Chorus

Bridge
Cos it’s alright, it’s just OK
You can look the other way
We can’t try to understand
The hotdog’s effect on man

Solo over verse

Chorus

Whoo hoo hoo x 4
Track Name: Crossing the Line
In a hot room he’s on fire
All the girls and the boys look you right in the eye
The boys look you right in the eye

In a magazine, he’s an attraction
All the girls and the boys are crossing the line
I feel like crossing the line

Take a look at me boy
Take a look at me, oh you wanna do it to me
Take a look at me boy
When I feel like that, you know you wanna give it to me

In the press as the latest attraction
What would they say if they saw me talking to you?
I feel like talking to you

Hot damn, now we’re all on fire
All the girls and the boys are crossing the line
I feel like crossing the line

Take a look at me boy
Take a look at me, oh you wanna do it to me
Take a look at me boy
When I feel like that, you know you wanna give it to me

I feel like crossing the line
I feel like crossing the line
I say you’ll love me better
You say you’ll love me sweeter
I say you can’t get better than that

Taking centre stage, he’s the attraction
Dreamy Tim, I feel like talking to you
I feel like talking to you

In the hot room, we’re on fire
Feel the sweat and the breath, we’re crossing the line
I feel like crossing the line

Take a look at me boy
Take a look at me, oh you wanna do it to me
Take a look at me boy

When I feel like that, you know you wanna give it to me
I feel like crossing the line
I feel like crossing the line
I say you’ll love me better
You say you’ll love me sweeter
I say you can’t get better than that
Track Name: Business Casual Guy
Verse 1
Heading out to work today
Got my briefcase packed
Got a list of things to do
And I’m blocking out the crap
That I feel on the inside
Brought on by going outside
To face another day
Getting all my juices my sapped
And I can see…

Pre-chorus
The only thing that makes you interesting
Is the knowledge that your clothes are befitting of a man

Chorus
Cos I’m going down the office, but I aint going formal
Don’t gotta meet with anyone who’s all important
Look at me and you’ll see that I never wear a tie (never wear a tie)
I’m your normal, everyday, regular…
Business casual guy

Oooh wa ooh, ooh wa ooh, ooh we ooh we ooh we ooh x 4

Verse 2
Got my slacks all belted up
My shoes all shiny clean
Gotta head on out the door
As I work for the machine
Cos you can see in my insides
And my icy stare
Gonna walk one thousand miles
Just to sit upon my chair
And don’t you know…

Pre-Chorus

Chorus

Oooh wa ooh, ooh wa ooh, ooh we ooh we ooh we ooh x 4

Bridge
The only thing that makes you interesting
Is the knowledge that your clothes are befitting of a man x 2

Chorus

Oooh wa ooh, ooh wa ooh, ooh we ooh we ooh we ooh x 4