No Mes-sing around as rock­ers launch new EP

Rutherglen Reformer - - Bereavement - Mes­merene on their whirl­wind year

Indie rock­ers Mes­merene have re­flected on a whirl­wind 12 months which has cul­mi­nated with the launch of their new EP this week.

The band, whose mem­bers hail from Mother­well and Shotts, ended last year with gigs at Glas­gow’s King Tuts and Oran Mor as well play­ing the likes of Broad­cast and Nice n Sleazys ear­lier this year. And the four-piece have now en­joyed the sell-out launch of EP Bat­tlescars at Glas­gow’s 13th Note. Drum­mer Scott Somers has been de­lighted with the band’s progress since they have set­tled on their cur­rent line-up.

He said: “The launch night sold out pretty quickly which is great for us.

“It marked al­most a year to the day since we got this line-up to­gether and since then we’ve been do­ing al­right.

“Over the sum­mer months we will spend a bit of time pro­mot­ing the EP with more gigs to come later in the year.”

Af­ter form­ing in Oc­to­ber 2013, Mes­merene set­tled on their cur­rent line-up this time last year.

Scott, to­gether with vo­cal­ist Franny McKe­own, gui­tarist Scott Jamieson and bassist David Wilkie have now cre­ated a ex­cit­ing batch of songs which are win­ning them new fans with many flock­ing to the group’s so­cial me­dia sites.

The band’s sound takes in a wide range of mu­si­cal gen­res but their main in­flu­ences come from bands such as Ra­dio­head, Oa­sis, Blur and Nir­vana.

The lads recorded their lat­est ef­fort at the 45ASide Stu­dios in Glas­gow along­side the watch­ful eye of Mother­well pro­ducer Bruce Rin­toul who has worked with the likes of Twin At­lantic and Father­son.

And with tracks such as Fire and Ashes and These Days in­cluded it’s easy to see why Mes­merene are build­ing up such a highly ded­i­cated fan fol­low­ing.

Scott added: “Bruce has worked with some big bands and got a re­ally good pedi­gree so it was great to have the chance to work with him.

“I didn’t re­alise that he used to live just round the cor­ner from me in Mother­well so that was quite funny but he did a great job for us.

“The songs sound bril­liant and ex­actly what we wanted.

“We’ve man­aged to get the songs sound­ing ex­actly the way we wanted and Ed Woods mas­tered the EP great as well.”

Mes­merene’s new EP Bat­tlescars is on sale now from i-Tunes, Spo­tify and from the band’s Face­book page.

For more info on the band visit www.face­book.com/mes­merene.

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