The Jim Mitchells are one of Sydney’s best loved acts. An acid-soaked take on garage rock, their latest track Ankle Deep evolves through blistering guitar, mellow drums and smatterings of pop infused percussion.
The drawling vocals pull you in and out, emotional but also dripping in the cool collectedness they pull off so well.
This is first we’ve seen of the band since Planet Absorbed, their killer EP release last year. With a single out, we can only hope that another record is on the way.
Having just come off a massive tour with folk rock legend Dope Lemon, The Jim Mitchells have a pretty high bar set for where their music will take them.
Not only have they put out a single, there is a clip attached and it brings out the best in the song. An Australian take on Lars and the Real Girl, our protagonist is a lonely layabout until he meets his one true love, a mannequin.
The clip showcases some pretty stunning parts of the bushland in The Royal National Park and doesn’t shy away from using bold, bright cinematography. Filmed and directed by Ed Triglone, the accompanying video for Ankle Deep is a seriously tight production.
A rhythm section drives the track along with a lazy momentum akin to Methyl Ethyl’s breakout tune Twilight Driving, while Mitchell’s vocal harmonies profess the band’s usual love for 1960s psychedelia.
Tossing around the emotions that you feel when committing to something, hence the title Ankle Deep, Jim Mitchell himself describes it as “mind-madness”.
The whole track and video are soaked in personality, the bare-bones reason so many have fallen for The Jim Mitchells. Their performance is never hindered by any speckles of embarrassment or creative restraint, they’re a band comfortable in their own skin and from the sound of Ankle Deep, that’s the way it’s going to stay.
We are stoked to have The Jim Mitchells at our very own Issue 5 launch this coming Saturday. If you want Ankle Deep blasted through your face while getting flecked by Jim’s spittle, now’s your chance.
Happy Mag Issue 5 Launch
8:00-8:30 – Good Pash
8:45-9:15 – SCK CHX
9:30-10 – Cosmic Flanders
10:15-10:45 – NEIGHBOURHOOD VOID
11:00-11:30 – The Jim Mitchells
11:45-12:30 – The Ruminaters
12:30-1:30 – DJ Goodboy
1:30-2:30 – Jake Stone
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