Mini Mansions have this week announced their return to Australia in support of Arctic Monkeys’2019 arena tour. Mini Mansions have also shared an intimate, stripped back acoustic performance of their new single ‘Midnight In Tokyo’ which was filmed in Perth with Pilerats while Michael Shuman was touring with Queens Of the Stone Age earlier this year.
The Gorillaz-inspired track ‘Midnight In Tokyo’ is at the heart of the band’s new approach to songwriting. It captures the lifespan of a relationship, from falling in love to eventually breaking up, rooted in Michael’s own experience. Whereas his life was previously very detached in his songwriting – hence their past material’s more fantastical form – now it’s very much at the forefront.
‘Midnight In Tokyo’ is taken from Mini Mansions new EP ‘Works Every Time’ (out via Fiction Records / Caroline Australia)a releasethat finds the band in their prime – open, honest, and full of real, tangible human emotion, but counterbalancing those feelings with musically fun songs. They almost didn’t make it to this point, though. After their last tour finished in 2015, each member returned to or started work on other projects. The EP follows on from Mini Mansion’s critically acclaimed 2015 debut album The Great Pretenders, tours with Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys and Royal Blood, and slots at festivals like Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, and Bonnaroo. Mini Mansions are singer and guitarist Michael Shuman (bassist of Queens of The Stone Age), bassist Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets), singer and keyboardist Tyler Parkford, with drummer Dash Hutton (HAIM, ex-Wires On Fire) joining the band on tour and Queens Of The Stone Age‘s Jon Theodore and Darren Weiss (ex-Papa) recording the drum tracks on the EP.