ME and Gig Ape favs Axis Of have been confirmed as support for the Twin Atlantic Belfast show on April 12th in Mandela Hall, this is sure to be one of the stand out shows of 2012!! Relocating to the UK in 2011, ME have spent the last six months supporting Kasabian, Evanescence and Death From Above 1979 as well as touring with Panic! At The Disco and recording with the legendary Barny Barnicott (Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, The Temper Trap) and Grammy Award winning engineer Ian Dowling. The results of the latter excursion can be heard on Another Story High, a six-track mini album that suggests ME are one of the most exciting new rock bands to appear this side of the millennium.
Kicking off with Naked, a mini rock opera on the grandest of scales, ME demonstrate that it’s possible to sport influences such as Mars Volta, Led Zeppelin and Radiohead and not sound like any of them. Like A Fox is even wilder and boasts the killer line “Wake up, my dreams are so much harder than yours,”which Luke reveals is as “meaningful or as meaningless as you want it to be.” The song is about a mad, debauched night in the life of a single man and not a million miles away from how Griffin Dunne’s character in Martin Scorsese’s After Hours behaves after leaving work for the night.
Other tracks on Another Story High betray the band’s other tangible influences – Rachmaninoff, Danny Elfman, Philip Glass and The Beatles; Insert Voice Here could be Lou Reed singing Supertramp until you realize it’s better than that even suggests; Slow Children Run takes its title from a sign that Luke saw somewhere in the UK - “We’ve come to take your lazy children away”; Westward Backwards has a steampunk vibe and appears to be three amazing songs trying to break out of one ridiculously good one; and the haunting, daunting Dutch Medicine which hints at the band’s genuine depth.
But why ME? “Because it’s faintly absurd and un-googlable” they suggest and it’s true that there’s something intangible about both the name and the band. Or, as Kerrang concluded: “enough deliciously OTT anthems to suggest the big time may soon be their real life not just fantasy.” You can’t say fairer than that.
The full album is due mid 2012.
Red Roof Presents...
Twin Atlantic MEAxis Of
Mandela Hall, Belfast + 14s Show (Moved from The Speakeasy) April 12th 2012
Tickets on sale NOW - £10 + booking fee from www.ticketmaster.ie
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