MUSH: “Down Tools” limited marbled yellow LP. Released 8th July 2022

MUSH: “Down Tools” limited marbled yellow LP. Released 8th July 2022

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MUSH: “Down Tools” limited marbled yellow LP. Released 8th July 2022

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MUSH: “Down Tools” limited marbled yellow LP. Released 8th July 2022

Leeds art-rock group Mush (Dan Hyndman-vocals / guitar, Phil Porter-drums, Nick Grant-bass, Myles Kirk–guitar) are set to return with album‘Down Tools’ on 8 July 2022 via Memphis Industries. The new record marks the prolific band’s third album in as many years, following hype-building early singles ‘Alternative Facts’ and ‘Gig Economy’, 2020’s debut lp ‘3D Routine’ and 2021’s acclaimed ‘Lines Redacted’, which pushed their sound further and, as Uncut wrote, saw them become“kindred spirits toWand and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, two other bands prolifically honing their sound and approach, steadily developing their voice.

”On ‘Down Tools’, this voice grows again into a more brilliantly singular sound. It sees Mush getting loose, moving away from the defined moodsand textures of ‘Lines Redacted’ with a musical openness, straddling genres while avoiding pastiche. Hyndman says of the lyrics on ‘DownTools’ that“there was a conscious decision to retreat further from an observational approach”with vocals being ad-libbed lending the record amore abstract feel.Hyndman continues:“this album is less dark than the previous one. The Armageddon obsession has eased, or at least the symptoms have become milder due to saturation. Musically there’s a lotmore chill on the record–there are a few more mellow tracks out there andthe most astute listener may even be able to decipher some of the words,fingers crossed.”

While grief and work balance form themes on the record, Hyndman’sapproach is largely made up of abstract, disconnected streams of consciousness and lines liberally taken from books, paintings, films and beyond. On ‘Human Resources’, Hyndman dramatically retells a battle he had with an HR department at a job in a David and Goliath style.The song‘Group Of Death’, a phrase chillingly familiar to any football fan, is emblematic of the turn towards softer, more considered sounds. Hyndmansays:“In my warped imagination it just sounds like a Paul McCartney song, but it won’t to others. I initially had the idea of doing a World Cup song called ‘Group of Death’, but by the time it was written nothing beyond the title had any relevance to football. Anyway, the next World Cup is in Qatar so fuck that shit.”

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