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Albums Of The Week: The Mysterines | Reeling

The Liverpool foursome knock you back on your heels with their explosive debut.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:The Mysterines’ debut album Reeling was made under the watchful eye of acclaimed producer Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, The Big Moon, PJ Harvey) over three weeks in between lockdowns at Assault & Battery studios in London, recorded live to capture the intensity of the songs. “It’s a pretty ambiguous title for most people, but for me Reeling sums up every emotion of the album in just one word,” says Lia. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”

Grief, self-destruction and heartache run heavy through the record, but all are brought together by the blackest of humour. The dirty desert blues of Life’s A Bitch (But I Like It So Much) was actually meant to be the first single, “but it turns out I say ‘bitch’ too much on it,” chuckles Lia. Other tracks run the gamut from the grunged-up country of Old Friends, Die Hard to the giddy, free-falling On The Run, Lia’s unique take on the tale of the teenage runaways in Terrence Mallick’s iconic Badlands. Then there’s the creepy, cultish Under Your Skin, which is The Doors by way of The Manson Family, and the Stooges-esque The Bad Thing, of which Lia says: “It’s the most fun to play, and the words I find really funny as well — I’m digging someone up from the grave that I used to love.”