Sometimes it makes no sense as to why certain bands or artists don’t break through into the mainstream. The three-piece L.A. band Mini Mansions is a perfect example of this. They released an excellent album earlier this year, The Great Pretenders, with four stellar singles, yet they don’t seem to be even close to becoming a mainstay on modern rock radio (or whatever they’re calling it these days.)
All the ingredients are there: great catchy songs, a unique and nonabrasive sound, incredible guest vocalists (including The Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson and Arctic Monkeys’ main man Alex Turner.) Heck, one of their band members even plays bass in one of the biggest rock bands going today! So why have they flown under the radar receiving little to no attention?
The Music Industry is definitely a fickle beast, and more often than not, unfair to its artistic participants. So as we creep closer to the end of 2015 (and have inevitable best-of lists thrust upon us,) make sure to give some time to bands you may have missed, in this case Mini Mansions.
Check out two singles from Mini Mansions’ The Great Pretenders below, and if you like what you hear, make sure to pick it up via Capitol Records.
Any Emotions (featuring Brian Wilson and starring Colin Hanks):
Death Is a Girl: