Jimmy & The Mirrors, Adelaide’s always-grinning, colour loving 6 piece release new single “Hailstorm”. The song delves into relatively new territory for the band, further exploring the soul and blues influences in their recent writing.
Mostly stemming from their intent to “have fun over being cool,” Jimmy & The Mirrors have built a reputation as a unique presence on the Adelaide scene. Comparing their vibe to “your dad in the 70s”, the band don the quirkiest, loudest shirts they can find, whack on smears of colorful facepaint and throw flower parties around their gigs.
With word of the band spreading thanks to their infamous flower parties and support slots for everyone from Flume and Art Vs Science through to Jonathan Boulet and Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes, the band have also spent a fair bit of time on the road. Jimmy & The Mirrors have brought their charisma to punters all over, playing in coastal towns, pubs in the desert and the streets of Berlin as well as wineries, snowfields and inner city cocktail lounges.
Despite what the name may suggest, Jimmy & The Mirrors is a collaborative effort with songwriting shared among all six members. Bound together by a deep appreciation for music, they currently share members with Jesse Davidson, Timberwolf, Kaurna Cronin, Brokers and the Banjo Jackson Trio while also moonlighting as a cover band under a different name.
A classic tale of sudden love lost, “Hailstorm” is “pretty much the biggest departure from the sound that people are beginning to know us for” tells Jimmy Meegan. The single is out now through Mirador Records as the band edge closer to unveiling a new EP later in the year.
Already breakout stars in their native Australia, Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes, who fuse a unique blend of soul, blues, doo-wop, jazz and R&B with Clairy’s powerful, soulful vocals at the forefront–have signed with the U.S. label Vanguard Records and will release their debut album Baby Caught The Bus on May 21. Their first single “Love Letter” is now #1 Most Added at Triple A Radio this week, while Baby Caught The Bus climbs to #15 Most Added. “Love Letter” also hit Amazon’s “Hot Singles: 20 Songs We’d Like to Date”. The band will have their Tuesday, April 9th Los Angeles, CA show at The Troubadour taped for future airing on an episode of NBC TV’s “Last Call With Carson Daly.” On Thursday, April 11, they’ll perform live on Los Angeles’ KCSN “Afternoon Music Mix with Sky Daniels.” That can be heard in the greater Los Angeles area on 88.5fm or around the world online at www.kcsn.org.
Baby Caught The Bus is gaining strong praise from the media, in his album review for No Depression, Grant Britt declared, “Melbourne’s Clairy Brown & The Bangin’ Rackettes is the best stuff to come along in decades. This thing opens with a bang. ‘Love Letter’ leaps out at you like a Stax 45, blowing you back to the ‘60s through a funky time warp. Baby Caught The Bus is a treasure trove for r&b lovers, a ‘60s time capsule, a show and dance ensemble concept that’s been away far too long. Import this one to your collection immediately for maximum satisfaction.”
The group just launched their U.S. tour at SXSW in Austin and are already blowing away U.S. audiences. In his live review for Bust Magazine at SXSW, writer Christian Detres described the group’s performance “With a peal of trumpet and a trill on a snare, Clairy Browne and her girls ginned up a stompy 60s revival that had the crowd dancing and spilling their vodka lemonades all over the floor.”
Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes first gained international attention when “Love Letter” was featured in Heineken’s award-winning campaign The Switch and has surpassed 1 million views online!