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A lot of talent and quality is contained in the four walls of this album. To say these two very talented guys are going places would be a dead cert.

Spinning is the finest song of the album. With a delightfully romantic beat about it, it is an ideal tune to be played at the end of any gig as it is bound to leave the crowd feeling ecstatic with the bands efforts. Don’t Let Go (Song For Lee) is superb in every way possible. Destined to be played in a club on New Orleans Bourbon St, it possesses a traditional revivalist hymn groove with Neil’s efforts on guitar too good for words.

With the release of this album that is bursting at the seams with some top-quality songs, I cannot see any reason why they will not reap the rewards of their hard work in creating outstanding music. Here’s hoping the wait for the second album will be months away and not years. RH

- Maverick Magazine 2010

The kind of self-aware, emotional fare here is typical or lyricist & lead guitarist Neil Ivison, who indulges himself on this album. The Misers’ sound, with its combination of electric guitar and Hammond organ, harks back to the Seventies Golden era but with a modern, crisp production. Janice Long (BBC RADIO 2) - Music Week - 05/06/10

Well this one was a wee surprise. Normally when a band comes along claiming to be classic rock, you end up with something that fails on both counts. But not this time. The Misers are looking back fondly to a time in the early seventies when the boundaries between rock and roots were first starting to blur. Now a lot of that was rambling shite (hello Exile On Main Street), but when the ingredients are mixed up properly, it can be quite compelling.

And The Misers manage to do that in spades. They're happy to acknowledge influences like Mott The Hoople and The Small Faces, although the early output of the former is where you're going to spot the most obvious similarities. Neil Ivison has a mighty fine voice, and this album puts it to good use on a record split between up tempo seventies rock and more mournful ballads. It sounds great as befits an album recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios, and there's very little chaff in amongst the compact ten track album.

The best of the bunch for me were the mouthy filled opener 'Take Me Down', the folky 'Shoot the Breeze' and the country gem that is 'Lord, Shuffle My Feet', a tune so good it's hard to believe that the countryside in question is Herefordshire. Taken as a whole, this could end up being one of those undiscovered gems that people will be talking about in a few years time.
- Zeitgeist - 30/06/10

The most remarkable thing about The Misers is how richly American their debut is. Influenced by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ryan Adams and The Who, the duo who make up the band - Adam Barry and Neil Ivison - have wiped all traces of their Herefordshire roots from debut record, ‘Amplified Life Stories’. If you like Springsteen, you’ll love this.

Neil’s vocals channel all the rasping and throaty heartache of all his famous male predecessors – David Gray, Kelly Jones, Springsteen himself.

Tracks like ‘Shoot the Breeze’ and ‘Spinning’ veer away from the initial Alabama country sound and appear more tender, delicate and folk like. ‘The Long Walk Home’ displays some painfully romantic guitar riffs and ‘Lord, Shuffle My Feet’ is a classic country song, designed to be played driving down Route 66 rather than the A38 through Herefordshire.

It’s muffled, country feel sounds like The Misers have created their very own Wonder Years soundtrack, They create a country-folk noise that sounds like Springsteen revitalised; a modern twist on an old great.
- UK Music Review - 11/06/10


A WEIGHT OFF THE MIND - Album - Released NOVEMBER 5th 2012
SHOOT THE BREEZE - Single - June 2010

"Shoot The Breeze" was played on BBC Radio 2 (Janice Long, Alex Lester & Sarah Kennedy) BBC Local (H&W, Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, The Beat) BBC Introducing, BFBS, FM Port & ZIP fm (Japan)



When The Misers released their debut album, Amplified Life Stories, in 2009, it’s analogue tape hiss & gritty valve sound gained the band a whole host of fans from the moment it landed, not least Radio 2’s Janice Long who heaped praise on the record calling it “a return to the golden age of song writing” and Maverick Magazine who called it a “Dead Cert!”

Song plays, interviews & live sessions on Radio 2 followed, along with healthy support from BBC local radio stations and playlisting on College Radio stations across America. UK tours & festival dates were met with a frenzied response and appearances on ITV & SkyArts1 announced The Misers had arrived in fine style.

Fast forward 3 years and you may be forgiven for thinking that you are witnessing a new band. Certainly 2012 finds The Misers in a period of Renewed Fire, Renewed Focus & ultimately, a Renewed Passion.

Neil Ivison (Vocals/Guitar) explains: “3 years is a long time to go between albums but once we got these songs together, we honed them on the road. We wanted them to be the best they could be, we’d play anywhere that would have us. We toured relentlessly, we built our fan base on the road and I continue to be blown away by how these guys have stuck by us through thick & thin.”

Along the way, the band lost founding member & Hammond Player Adam Barry to pastures new & also bass player Karl Dixon who emigrated to New Zealand. Shane Dixon (Drums/Vocals) is still holding down his thunderous groove and, thanks to a chance reply to an old internet ad, the band is now augmented by Paul Connop (Guitar/Vocals) and Sid Griffin (Bass/Vocals). “The moment we stepped into the studio with these guys, something just clicked, it was like the last piece of the puzzle had just fallen into place and now we’re more fired up than ever!” enthuses Shane.

A Weight Off The Mind… has been produced by Rockfield Studios veteran Paul Cobbold (Echo & The Bunnymen, Waterboys, Nick Lowe) who brings a fresh, contemporary approach to The Misers fiercely organic sound. “I was on a total retro trip last time,” Neil confesses. “I wouldn’t hear of using a computer to record, everything had to be recorded to tape through valves. PC opened my eyes to a world where both can work in harmony!”

With critics keen to write the band off or to infer that this would be a ‘Difficult Second Album’, Neil is quick to reply “There was nothing difficult about writing the record, the difficulty lay in getting everyone together at the right time! We kept people waiting but we had to take it to the next level. You always want your next record to be better than your last and I really believe we’ve done it 10 fold this time.”

With its stunning melodies, ringing guitars, and razor-sharp grooves, AWOTM delivers on the promise The Misers have shown throughout their career. From the invigorating battle cry of Old Town (which Neil will dedicate to his hometown), My Life Story (a tongue in cheek look at life as a Hollywood script) to the emotional intensity of “The Shrine” (young lives lost & a town divided).

This is where the new chapter in The Misers’ tale really begins.