Micko & the Mellotronics – Psychedelic Shirt
A mise-en-scène of kaleidoscopic sound effects and time tunnel guitars, the Mellotronics transport their trademark new-wave sound through a psychedelic-tinted wormhole with invigorating results…. and a great video!
With their debut album rapidly approaching, MICKO & THE MELLOTRONICS today show-off another of its finest cuts: Psychedelic Shirt.
In a true coming-of-age tale that unfolds like an episode of The Inbetweeners set in the 1980s, Psychedelic Shirt takes us back to an era where the culturally cool was at loggerheads with Thatcher careerism. An era where tribalism was rife, and no-less-so than on the dancefloors of the local disco.
Dressing to impress, the new single is paired with a brightly coloured and bespoke animated video that needs to be seen.
It’s a familiar set-up that any teenager trying to fit-in has inevitably found themselves in. Right shirt, wrong crowd. Or vice-versa perhaps… As Micko Westmoreland tells us:
“Psychedelic Shirt tells the story of venturing to an out of hours school disco in a disheveled scout hut in Leeds. Where Top Man flick heads had seized upon my newly procured paisley shirt and sought about destroying it. I’d taken it off because I was too hot, left it on a peg in the boy’s loos. Later, I found the article, ‘mopped up in the fluid, screwed up in a ball’ on the lino floor as the song’s lyrics state. I was forced to make a choice between victimhood or empowerment but left contemplating shades somewhere in between…”
Providing Psychedelic Shirt with a tailor-made video, Ashley Jones animates and directs the episode with vivid, comic-styled detail. Artwork comes courtesy of Peter W, an old friend of Westmoreland’s who can testify to this testing tale.
A song about finding teenage identity, in an embryonic & fragile state, subject to change and ridicule; it’s one that will resonate with anyone who has been made to feel they didn’t look the part. “It was a pivotal point in personality development.” says Micko.
The track will feature on: ½ dove – ½ pigeon, the upcoming debut album by the band – out 27th November 2020, via Landline Records.
About the album
From the observational to the personal, the record sees Westmoreland put the world’s peculiarities and his own fascinations under the microscope. From blowing apart the petty and mundane in life with rollicking ripostes (Noisy Neighbours) to reflections on the passing of time (You Killed My Father), punk-rock ditties about Filipino dictators (Imelda) and philosophical fantasies about the works of eminent psychologists (The Fear); a kaleidoscopic gamut of topics are covered in a record packed with references to pop-culture, philosophy, history and much more.
A stellar array of special guest musicians also feature, including The Specials’ bassist Horace Panter (a friend & collaborator who has worked with Micko on an annual charity record alongside Rat Scabies for the last 7 years), horn impresario Terry Edwards (PJ Harvey/Madness/Nick Cave) and alternative violinist in excelsis Dylan Bates (Waiting On Dwarfs/Penge Triangle), plus the late Monty Python/The Rutles/Bonzos great: Neil Innes.
An album of slick new wave and razor-edged rock’n’roll, packed with even sharper quips and bone-dry witticisms; ½ dove – ½ pigeon invites you to revel in the obtuse and celebrate pop’s avant garde with a novel and inclusive sense of fun.
Micko & The Mellotronics release ½ dove – ½ pigeon into the wild on 27 November 2020
Content adapted from Press Release