If you were ever a fan of The Strokes, one of the hot new bands out the UK you must hear is called The Mu-Tones. On their debut single ‘Slab City Records’, it seems they share more than a few notes with The Strokes on this track. Rowdy, in your face and gritty, this is everything we found on The Strokes landmark album ‘The Modern Age’.
The Mu-Tones released this single on the 30th of June 2018 through Ugly Man Records.
Hailing from Manchester, The Mu-Tones are a noisy garage pop trio, led by guitarist/songwriter Anthony Grantham (Marion) and joined by bassist Alex Redhead (Amplifier) and drummer Peter Gray (Letters to Fiesta). The band plays short sharp songs crammed full of loud, angry, weird magic.
“Some of them are about how I feel, and some of them show how I feel without making a lot of sense,” says Anthony Grantham.Their debut single ‘Slab City Records’ is a bruising distillation of the Mu-Tones sound, filthy basslines, scorched riffing and railroading drums, it’s flying across the rails into a sizzling crescendo, think The Pixies or Husker Du reassembled through Grantham’s imagination.
This urgent noise pop is laced with an insurgent ode to a forgotten area of the US: “Its an area in America not even on the map, run by solar power, apparently they have gigs on there, it’s something I’d love to do.” says Grantham “Also it DOES sound like the sort of thing you’d hear Lux Interior saying, which is kind of what the second verse is about.”
Anthony Grantham was the guitarist and one of the songwriters in revered 1990s band Marion until they disbanded. He says, “When I left we had stopped writing, at least together, and writing has always been a great joy of mine”
Ugly Man Records was established in 1986 with the début release of Wonderful Life, by Liverpool band Black. Over the next 26 years they have had the good fortune to release débuts by Elbow, I am Kloot and Josephine Oniyama. They have published football fanzines and books by Frank Sidebottom. Best of all, they are still here now releasing great music and finding even more emerging talent.