MECUZINE-delivers a high-intensity performance, that keeps their audience engaged throughout each well-polished set. Combined, the two pieces bring with them years of experience from both a live performance perspective, as well as from in the studio. As Mecuzine slimmed down from a more conventional 5-piece band into a duo, Joseph and Tony Johns similarly honed in on the sounds and styles which they considered worth exploring to form the core sound of the new line up. Although drawn from various eras, the shimmering sound of 80’s synths, the indie guitar tones the 90’s, timeless piano lines and all manner of samples and beats of more recent times, they forged these together to create a cohesive and creative signature sound. Their latest release, Blue Skies, is the perfect coming together of all of these sonic ideas and musical explorations. A loose and languid, slow-burner, one that skitters along on electronic beats but is too grounded with shards of chiming guitar and a meandering and mysterious bass lines. A dark song, for sure, more reflective and wistful rather than melancholic or morose. Brooding, is perhaps the word, and Blue Skies feels like the perfect descendant of the post-punk artiness of the early 80’s merged with the fledgling alternative rock sound of the 90’s
And for all of its past reference points, it is the sound of underground music heading into a bright new future. One filled with exploration and invention. One where genres are irrelevant and the sonic palette is drawn form any genre, style or sound that takes their interest. The guitar hasn't gone away, it is just not the center of the story any more.
The band .T- Lead singer/ Guitar vocals . Joseph Johns - /Guitar, Vocals, piano