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The Mysterines

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Formed in Liverpool, in 2016 -- with members originating from the nearby Wirral area -- this angst-ridden, grunge-inspired indie quartet are fronted by vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter, Lia Metcalfe, taking influence from acts such as Hole and PJ Harvey. Metcalfe's father, Andrew, fronted the local act Sound of Guns -- and latterly, Guide -- and so was on hand to teach chords to her when she showed interest in guitar at the age of nine. Surrounded by music from an early age, forming a band seemed like a natural progression. After meeting bass player, George Favager, in 2014, they bonded over similar musical interests, planning and scheming for a couple of years until drummer, Zak McDonnell came on board. By the time of their debut single -- 2018's "Hormone" -- McDonnell had been replaced by Metcalfe's close friend, Chrissy Moore. The track received the full support of the Coral's James Skelly, and his Skeleton Key label, which led to the trio joining Miles Kane on a national tour. It was eventually included on their debut EP, August 2019's Take Control, a record that was completed at Skelly's Parr St. Studios. Further dates followed, with acts such as the Amazons and Royal Blood. Although Moore had departed by 2020, momentum continue to build behind the Mysterines, with Metcalfe and Favager presenting to the press as a duo. Then, in a frantic few weeks, Paul Crilly (drums) and Callum Thompson (guitar) joined the band, and they completed their first national tour as a quartet, just prior to the initial COVID-19-related lockdowns in March 2020. At this point Metcalfe lived alone, so she returned from the tour to a quiet home with plenty of time to compose new material. May 2020 saw the band issue the Love's Not Enough EP which went on to enjoy over two million streams, sparking interest from Universal Music, who ultimately signed them. As lockdowns eased, the quartet began to share the same property to craft ideas for their debut album's sessions which commenced in July with Catherine Marks at London's Assault & Battery Studios. In March 2021, the record was completed following three, intense, one-week stints in the capital. In May, Metcalfe made a vocal appearance on Paul Weller's Fat Pop, Vol. 1, and in July, the Mysterines' debut Universal single, "In My Head," saw release. The track received significant national airplay from BBC 6 Music, as did the follow up singles, "Hung Up," "The Bad Thing" and "Dangerous." Then, in March 2022, 18 months after sessions for it began, the Mysterines' debut album, Reeling, was finally issued and entered the Top Ten of the U.K. album chart.
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