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The Mysterines announce new album ‘Afraid of Tomorrows’

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UK alternative rock band The Mysterines announce their new album Afraid of Tomorrows, the highly-anticipated follow up to their critically-acclaimed Top 10 debut album Reeling, is set for release on June 7 via Fiction Records.

Alongside the announcement, they have shared the lead single “Stray,” which premiered on BBC Radio 1 today as Clara Amfo’s Hottest Record. Listen here and watch the Matilda Harding-Kemp directed video here.

Vocalist and guitarist Lia Metcalfe comments on the track, “‘Stray’ focuses on the aimless and untamed nature of the polarities of behavior that we experience when dealing with suffering. Whether it’s guilt, paranoia or unexplained feelings of grandiosity.

Often when the hands of loneliness have a firm grip over one’s eyes it can turn dangers into open doors inviting you in. We find a certain point of no return and we’re often led astray.

Recorded and produced by Grammy Award winning producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Angel Olsen) in LA, Afraid of Tomorrows is a deeper and darker foray into The Mysterines’ psyche than its predecessor, and reflects the maturity and growth of the band, completed by George Favager (bass), Callum Thompson (guitar) and Paul Crilly (drums). 

Afraid of Tomorrows’ is a mirror where you find you’re nothing more than a formless being, one made from celestial constellations — of traumas, of the old and new, mistakes, addiction, fear and happiness, loneliness, but ultimately a desire for life and the fight to keep living. It’s a collage of what’s been lost and of love unbounded,” says Lia.

Afraid of Tomorrows Track List:

  1. The Last Dance
  2. Stray
  3. Another Another Another
  4. Tired Animal
  5. Jesse You’re A Superstar
  6. Hawkmoon
  7. Sink Ya Teeth
  8. Junkyard Angel
  9. Goodbye Sunshine
  10. Inside A Matchbox
  11. So Long
  12. Afraid of Tomorrows

The Mysterines have just wrapped up the UK leg touring as main support to Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, continuing this week in Europe.

The band was also recently announced as special guests to Bloc Party for their huge 20th anniversary Crystal Palace Park show on 7th July, and are set to bring their electric live show to festivals all over Europe and the UK this summer, including Live at Leeds in the Park2000 TreesTruck Festival and Tramlines.

The Mysterines 2024 Live Dates

Supporting Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes:

22nd Feb – Metropol, Berlin, Germany

23rd Feb – Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany

24th Feb – Le Bataclan, Paris, France

26th Feb – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium

27th Feb – Poppodium, Tilburg, Netherlands

Summer Shows:

10th May – FOCUS Wales 2024, UK

11th May – Are You Listening? Festival, Reading, UK

17th May – London Calling, Amsterdam, Netherlands

24th May – In It Together Festival, Wales, UK

25th May – Live at Leeds in the Park, Leeds, UK

9th Jun – Best Kept Secret, Netherlands

21st Jun – Southside Festival, Germany

23rd Jun – Hurricane Festival, Germany

7th Jul – Crystal Palace Park, London (supporting Bloc Party)

11th Jul – 2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham, UK

20th Jul – Tsunami Festival, Spain

25th Jul – Truck Festival, Steventon, UK

26th Jul – Tramlines Festival, Sheffield, UK

2nd Aug – Y Not Festival, UK

3rd Aug – Rocken Am Brocken, Germany

5th Oct – Manchester Venue TBA

All tour info here

When it comes to pivotal life moments, having the mighty Nick Cave snatch a balloon out of your hands when you’re seven years old before smirkingly stomping on it is going to make you do one of two things. 1) Run off crying and forever commit to a quiet life or 2) Decide to be just like the big, tall man who gets a kick out of scaring little kids. When it happened to Lia Metcalfe, she wisely decided to do the latter.

Still only in her 20s, the Mysterines’ imposing frontwoman melds together more than her lifetime’s worth of experiences with the kind of deep, impassioned vocal you won’t forget in a hurry. In her songs and stagecraft, you’ll see and hear everything from PJ Harvey’s raw and ragged stomp to the crazed carnival energy of Tom Waits and eviscerating poetics of Patti Smith. The first great British rock band of the post-pandemic era, the Mysterines let us in on Lia’s unfiltered look at life, the universe and everything, complete with serious riffs and an unflinching honesty.

The rest of the Mysterines naturally coalesced around Lia. She met bass player, George Favager, standing outside a branch of Home Bargains when she was 14. Lead guitarist Callum Thompson and drummer Paul Crilly she met a few years later at a Psychedelic Porn Crumpets gig in Liverpool. She’d forgotten her ID and the bar refused to serve her, despite the fact that she’d just turned 18. Callum helped her out by offering Lia a warm can of beer from out of his backpack. The rest, of course, is history.

The Mysterines debut Reeling – released in March 2022 – was made under the watchful eye of acclaimed producer Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, The Big Moon, PJ Harvey). Going back and forth from her West London studio, Assault and Battery, over three weeks in between lockdowns, it was recorded live to capture the intensity of the songs.

Grief, self-destruction, and heartache run heavy through the record, but all are brought together by the blackest of humor.

The Mysterines have been achieving remarkable success since the release of Reeling, including a TV appearance on Jools Holland (which Lia herself predicted as a teenager), two tours of the UK, two of North America and one in the EU.

Summer 2023 saw them tour with their personal heroes Arctic Monkeys across UK stadiums. The Mysterines’ sophomore album Afraid Of Tomorrows will be released on June 7 via Fiction Records.

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