Friday 27 February 2015
Mystery Date - Foreign Affairs
Today's song is by a band from St Paul, Minneapolis who have a real enthusiasm for the tuneful side of the punk genre. Most of their influences would be probably filed under new wave, powerpop and mod, for example they list as influences the likes of The Jam, The Buzzcocks, Protex, Excel and The Vapors. Most mentions of them you'll come across will tell you they have a British feel about them and I can't disagree with that. You aren't going to get 100mph, sweaty, aggressive punk rock from these guys but if it's expertly crafted and catchy as hell timeless songs that you're after, read on.
Mystery Date are a trio comprising of Johnny Eggerman (vocals/guitar), Steve Splettstazer (bass/vocals) and Grady Appleton (drums). They first came to my attention last year with the release of their single, You And Your Sister, 2013's debut single, Dreaming In Black & White and their early demo, had flown under my radar.
My interest piqued I was looking forward to their debut album and happily it exceeded my expectations. Released last month on Pinata Records, New Noir is a treasure trove of gems that you can dig up here : http://mysterydate1.bandcamp.com/album/new-noir
Tomorrow I'll be posting Johnny Eggerman's favourite songs but in the meantime here's one that's becoming one of mine, this is Foreign Affairs.....