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SINGLE REVIEW: In My Head by The Mysterines

Returning after a year locked away working on their debut album, brooding Liverpool quartet The Mysterines have released their first single of 2021 with the dark and gritty In My Head.

The Mysterines by Katy Cummings

With two ferocious EPs and a sold out 2020 headline tour already under their belts, the grunge-rock four-piece have confidently carved their place in the rock scene before their first record has even been announced. After seeing the fresh-faced teen band supporting Royal Blood back in 2019, we've been hooked on the Mysterines here at the Coven, eagerly awaiting each new release.

Since releasing their 2020 EP Love's Not Enough, the band have been teasing us from the studio as they've been busy conjuring that highly anticipated debut album, in arms with esteemed producer Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, The Big Moon, Foals).

Our first taster of that record is finally here, and it's safe to say that the deliciously devilish In My Head doesn't disappoint. Creeping into your eardrums with a scorching hot riff and frontwoman Lia Metcalfe's bewitching vocals, the track serves rock n roll beats and harrowing harmonies before launching into a chorus that deserves to be screamed from the top of your lungs. Undoubtedly, it's the most polished and fucking sexy that the The Mysterines have ever sounded, and it only has us even more hungry for their future tracks.

Commenting on their new single, Lia says, "In My Head appears to be a love song, but that was not the original intention. I did want it to superficially be seen as that, but in reality it's a song about people who struggle with their mental health. Partly autobiographical, it’s about how sometimes life can feel like you’re being haunted by something out of your control."

While recording an album in lockdown conditions might have been a hinderance to any other band, The Mysterines took it as an opportunity to really revel in their creativity. "Anyone who has ever been granted the opportunity to record a debut album understands that this situation could be deemed as ‘bad timing’. Instead, I like to refer to it as ‘almost perfect timing’. Nothing seemed more fitting than to record an album about self-destruction whilst the world itself entered into what seemed like a brief apocalypse."

Lia continues, "As a band, we were really grateful to still be able to create during such bleak times. Our wonderful producer Catherine Marks, who put everything she had into the record, turned my songs into perfect pictures of themselves, with both the most frightening and beautiful reflections."

While our minds are buzzing with questions surrounding their album, the one that stands out the most right now is: who gave The Mysterines the right to sound so fucking good?

Stream In My Head on Spotify and Apple Music

Review by Chloe Robbins

Photography by Katy Cummings

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