Manchester’s own Mutineers made a return to their home-town as part of a mini-tour in support of new single Tell Me Why. The follow up to the brilliant debut album Friends, Lovers, Rivals which was released some 3 years ago.
The upstairs gig room of Sound Control was the venue and whilst the sold out signs hadn’t gone up there was a healthy Thursday night crowd out to greet the return of the Muts. With regular bass player Iwan Gronow off touring with Johnny Marr at the moment a quick re-shuffle saw Chaz Salt take over bass duties Nick playing rhythm guitar and Mickey of course playing lead guitar with Thomas Twemlow unchanged on the sticks.
The night kicked off with two familiar debut album tracks in Stick Together and One Last Chance the latter getting the crowd dancing with its grooving bass line and had them singing along to the infectious chorus. New track Love, It’s A Killer made an early appearance and certainly stands out against the earlier material in its straight up guitar sound with a Kinks 60’s vibe going on, hinting at a change in direction on the next album maybe?
What Twitter Said: “Those new @Mutineers__ songs sounding pretty fearsome live tonight at @soundcontrolmcr… roll on the new album xxx” Jen Juniper @jen_juniper
The enforced change of line-up saw Nick concentrating on rhythm guitar which kept the additional keys and synths to a minimum but this didn’t affect the overall sound, still maintaining the soaring melodies that are Mutineers trademark along with the clear, strong and heartfelt vocals, Infidelity and You Used To Be OK being perfect examples.
Recently released single Tell Me Why has been getting plenty of attention since it’s release in September and proved to be a big hit on the night, the harmonies in the chorus worked particular well contrasting nicely with the angular sounding guitar in the verse and the solo could have come straight out of the Johnny Marr textbook.
What Twitter Said: “@mutineers__ were rocking tonight, the new one sounded awesome, looking forward to hearing more new material, nice one guys!!” Jacob Williams @clockworkmarm
Playful chants of “Iwan, Iwan” were heard between songs which was met with the reply “He’s in The Smiths now!” from Nick. The on-stage banter and rapport between the band and audience further enhancing the reputation the Muts have for being very accessible and in touch with their fans. The set drew to a close with Shadow Kisses which provoked a mass sing-a-long in the room and the anthemic Hyde Road brought proceedings to a rousing end.
What Twitter Said: “First time seeing @mutineers__ live tonight and it far exceeded my expectations! Definitely be seeing them again! When’s the next tour?!” Lynne Sweeney @LynneSweeney84
What The Band Said: Manchester, we love you madly!!
One Last Chance
Love, It’s A Killer
You Used To Be OK
Alone In Our Ideas
Tell Me Why