Yorkshire musician Mike Hughes, who has recently supported Miles Kane, has a dirty indie sound just right. Arctic Monkeys producer Ross Orton has championed him and led to him recording a bunch of original tracks. (That Girl Is) Misery is the first taste of these sessions and it’s got a real authentic Americana mixed with dark Northern indie.
Sharing band members with Miles Kane himself, Mike Hughes is already very much a rising star. His album will be available next year and will be a definite must for fans of Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes and of course Miles Kane.
Fierce strumming, bluesy nasal vocals and strong marching drums, (That Girl Is) Misery is a bit of an anti-ballad. A mob mentality is rife in the backing vocals and the shredding at the halfway point adds a dirty rock element. Drunkenly slurring through the slower section, comments that the song sounds like a Tarantino soundtrack are certainly an accurate description.
Clashing of riffs and cymbals power on as Mike takes us through a very distinctive vocal and undeniably catchy hook. You’ll be singing “that girl is misery” while stomping your feet in defiance for some time afterwards!