Like Teenage Fanclub and Sonic Youth had a kid that grew up on The Brat Pack and crippling self-doubt, “Wrings” announces Miners’ debut EP ‘Pala’. It’s plucky and packed with feedback, not the variety that turns listeners away but the kind that cocoons your head between the expensive headphones you should be listening to this on. Sweeping guitars combat with forlorn vocals, jangly riffs pacing themselves until they tumble into careeening squall.
Likening themselves to mentors Day Ravies (who’s Sam Wilkinson is releasing the EP under his Strange Pursuits label), Miners snap in and out with a swooning and efficient jam that every pedal nerd is going to be salivating over. You can catch ’em when they play The Record Crate on the 3rd of October w/ Draining Pool and Milkk.
I first heard about Miners when I was at this house party. How i managed to find myself in the accompaniment of real people at a social occasion, and not embarrass myself will be a question for the Gods. However, I do remember that my jaw was taking a hiatus at my feet whilst Miners played a loud set of shoegaze rippers.
Case in point: their brand new track ‘Soft Focus’, which is a part of Farmer & The Owl’s first record release ‘Beached Friends’. Amongst established legends like Shining Bird, Big Dingo and Hockey Dad, Miners hold their own with a song that drills its way right into your fucking head, and sets up shop there like a compassionate, MBV-loving mole.
The shaky vocals get wafted along at a frenzied pace, as all the instruments lock into this sonic groove as big as the Death Star explosion. And the best thing is that it just grows, and grows, and grows, until not even the most expertly timed ‘Yo Mama so fat…’ joke could circulate around it’s enormity.