mirrorkicks

mirrorkicks

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Mirrorkicks are a tight South London indie rock band. Their sound recalls a spectrum of influence from The Police's early work to The Bends (1995)-era Radiohead as well as having hints of Bjork, Jeff Buckley and Skunk Anansie in Anil Kamalagharan's unique vocals.

Biography

If ever a band was meant to be, it’s Mirrorkicks. Forget the obvious musical chemistry, the captivating onstage telepathy, the natural off-stage camaraderie; for the sheer storybook brilliance of meeting on the first day of school and going on to conquer the world, they belong together. It’s like The Goonies, but with guitars. But then again, things are never quite that simple, and while hindsight and their debut album’s whip cracking riffs and big payoff choruses make it obvious that this is their destiny, it took them a while to realise it. The Mirrorkicks story is one fate had its work cut out orchestrating.

A South London band, born and bred, Gerard de Waal (bass) met Edwin Pereira (guitar/vocals) aged 11, when they lined up next to each other for the first lesson on the first day of secondary school. Gerard then introduced Ed to brothers Ingmar (drums) and Anil Kamalagharan (guitar/vocals), who he’d known since primary school. By 14 Gerard, Edwin and Ingmar were in the first of many bands together, but it was a decade before, in mid 2008, Anil finally completed the line-up.

“Geography had a lot to do with it,” offers Ed as to why it took so long. “We all went off to different universities and did other bands. Gerard was in Portsmouth doing English, Ingmar and I stayed in London, I did music and he did Astronomy, and Anil was in Bristol studying Physics & Philosophy. It was only when Gerard came back that the three of us started taking things more seriously.”

With Anil still in Bristol - splitting his time between recording solo acoustic songs and densely multi-tracked electronica, touring as Imogen Heap’s guitarist and playing live drum’n’bass at Glastonbury with his other band The Fabrics - Gerard, Ed and Ingmar regrouped post uni, forming Muse-esque three piece, The Medicine.

Gerard: “We started writing and recording, did some good supports with the likes of Razorlight, but it was the three of us again and it felt like we needed to get someone else in to mix things up. Then Anil came back to London.”

Anil: “And I was looking to do something else. I was doing so many different things at the time, from intimate Jeff Buckley influenced songs to Bjork, Vespertine style stuff. I really just wanted to make a choice, do one thing and focus on the melody. I thought it’d help to restrict the instrumentation, to not have access to strings and sequencers and make everything raw and more rock. So I got together with these guys to record some demos and work on three songs I had to see if they’d even work as proper rock songs.”

So successful was the experiment that all concerned agreed to use the tracks as the basis for a whole new venture, the long overdue Mirrorkicks. And it’s not hard to see why. The songs in question, Podium, You and Too Slow, now highlights of their self-titled debut album, exemplify the winning alliance of mercilessly efficient melodies, achingly personal lyrics and a channelled live band energy not felt since US rock’s glorious mid-‘90s heyday.

From Too Slow’s tragic sweetness, through You’s bitter frustration to the soaring high that is Podium’s staggering, banner waving chorus, there’s no shortage of proof of the power of a killer hook and a fragile emotion screamed loud.

Recorded in the tiny basement studio, built by Anil and Ingmar’s older brothers, where they’ve rehearsed since their school days, and mixed and mastered by Wu Tang Clan and Aphex Twin collaborator Macc, the album thrives on making the deep singable. The weight of live favourite Turning Up’s internal dialogue, wrestling mental illness, drug induced paranoia and religion - like On TV’s swipe at a generation obsessed with fame and the stupor shaking command of Be Where You Are - is nothing if not a rousing call to arms made to rally stadiums.

Determined to convey their live energy and love of performance to as many people as possible, the band also embarked on an ambitious mission to produce a promo video for every song on the album. Through charm, persistence and the strength of the songs, they’ve managed to enlist a host of collaborators, many of whom, like award winning director Steve Price, who’s credits include Arctic Monkeys, Razorlight, Manic Street Preachers and Kasabian, have worked for cost purely because they like working with the band so much.

Gerard: “Steve’s amazing. He’s done three videos, Podium, On TV and You, so far, and he just keeps coming to us with all these ideas. He always says that doing a video with Mirrorkicks is like being on holiday because we actually enjoy making them. We love trying different things and getting to perform, so he’s always volunteering to do stuff. He doesn’t give a shit about the money, he just loves the band.”

The ultimate labour of love though, has to be the amazing animated video for Lego. Featuring thousands of Lego bricks and more than 10,000 photographs, the stop-motion animation which features Mirrorkicks rescuing a Lego city from th

Lyrics

Anything

Written By: Anil Kamalagharan

Anything you ask for

Any way you go

Anything you got to get it if you can't disown

Anyone you are now

Everyone you're not

Everything you got to get it if you can't disown
Anything you got to get it if you can't disown

You may wonder where you are

You may wonder if you

dance if you get it

dance if you get it right

You may wonder if it shows

You may wonder if you

dance if you get it

dance if you get it right

you're gonna

dance if you get it

dance if you get it right

Anything you do now

Everything you don't

Everything you've got to get in under what you throw

Everyone you are now

Everyone you're not

Everything you've got to get in over what you're not

Everything you've got to get it if you can't disown

You may wonder where you are

You may wonder if you

dance if you get it

dance if you get it right

You may wonder if it shows

You may wonder if you

dance if you get it

dance if you get it right

you're gonna

dance if you get it

dance if you get it right

definately on your side

definately on your side

definately on your side

Any way you go now

Any way you know

Everything you got to get in under what you sow

Everything you got to get it over what you throw

You may wonder where you are
You wonder if it shows

You may wonder if you

dance if you get it

dance if you get it right

You wonder if it shows

You may wonder if it grows

you may wonder if you

dance if you get it

dance if you get it right

You're gonna

dance if you get it

dance if you get it right

On TV

Written By: Anil Kamalagharan

ON TV

Soon I'm gon' to let you on TV
Soon I'm gon' to let you on TV
Seams undone to let you on TV
Seams undone to let you on TV

Get out! Get out! I got to be on my own
Get out! Get out! I want to be on my own

See you want to watch me on TV
See you want to watch me on TV
Scene I'm gone to get you on TV
Scene I'm gone to get you on TV

Get out! Get out! I got to be on my own
Get out! Get out! I want to be on my own

Get out! Get out! I got to be, I want to be
Get out! Get out! I got to be, I want to be
Get out! Get out! I got to be, I want to be
Get out! Get out! Get out arghhhhhhhhhhh!

Get out! Get out! I got to be on my own
Get out! I want to be on my own

Get out! Get out! Get out! Get out! Get out!
Get out! Get out! Get out! Get out! Get out! Get out!

Podium

Written By: Anil Kamalagharan

3. Podium

I Never want to be too late

for this hidden chord of underplayed love and

I Never want to creep too late

out of safety space

over-played fate

Cos I want it

out in my heart

I want it out on my podium

never live your shame

I'll never show i'll never care

I want it out in my heart

I want it out on my podium

never live your shame

i'll never show I'll never care

I want it

out in my heart

out in my heart

Cos I never want to bate this breath

for anyone's underscored shame

and I never want to crush my call

with explosive weight of self-denied fate

mmm

Cos I want it out in my heart

I want it out on my podium

never live your shame

I'll never show i'll never care

I want it out in my heart

I want it out on my podium

never live your shame

i'll never show I'll never care

I want it

out in my heart (my heart)

out in my heart (my heart)

I wanna feel

like the weight in my sail

Out in my heart

Out on my podium - woo

OUt in my heart

Out on my podium - woo

Out in my heart

Out in my heart

Discography

Due to release debut album in April 2009 on Fruit Pie Records

Set List

Sets are 30mins at the moment - we rotate and choose 7 tracks out of these per gig:

Lego
Anything
Thinkfast
Podium
Too slow
Be where you are
Turning up
You
Be allowed
On TV