9 Apr 2018
Bearded Magazine reviews MIEN
Some of the advance press on MIEN’s self-titled debut album (pronounced 'mean' in care you were curious) indicates that the band was never sure why they got together. Ostensibly to make new music, that’s usually my muttered reply, but I find these kinds of claims curious, especially when the resulting project stands out as otherworldly amazing as this record, one of the happiest accidents on the 2018 alt-rock release slate.
The band MIEN is comprised of regular members from The Horrors, Elephant Stone and Black Angels. The ten track album kicks off on the lightly, hypnotic, Earth Moon which is built around a sensuous sitar introduction that kicks over into a groovy, krautrock beat. On one of the band’s potential singles, (I’m Tired Of) Western Shouting the beat comes loose to the point of jangly, full of neo-industrial percussion, while the vocals repeat the song title. It feels as though the singer is also out in search of the key phrase’s meaning...
Read the rest here: Bearded