Interview: The Mispers
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Lurking behind a tour bus in the cold Birmingham evening, I meet up with a plethora of “J”’s: Jack, Joey and Jordan from The Mispers before their sold out night supporting Kodaline. I promise to make it quick as we stand around in a circle to deflect the cold winds like a group of Emperor Penguins. Shaking hands, Jack asks if we’ve met before, before reducing it down to “did we hook up at that bar?” For those curious, no we did not. The Mispers (derived from police slang meaning “Missing Persons”) are unlike anything you’ll probably hear in the next few years. An undefinable twist of genres makes it hard to place what the band are, but whatever it is, it works. The alt-rock quintet consists of three vocalists, a guitarist and a drummer with a Clean Bandit-esque violin added on top. “We’ve been given labels like punk, folk, dance, indie et cetera”, Jack tells me. “We refer to ourselves as “viol-indie-rock” or chocolate rock”, he continues, “but it’s a bit shit”. “It sounds like we’re a violin band when in fact we just use violin echoes”, Joey tells me before Jack bursts in again with newly coined genre: “echo-viol-indie-rock”. Right… “Or Echo Road indie, like the wine”. At this point I’m completely clueless as to what’s actually going on, but it’s obvious that The Mispers are full to the brim with energy.
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