Mayors of Miyizaki album out now

Gareth Thomas’s (drummer from Silent Front etc) other band Mayors of Miyizaki have released their second album on We Be Records. It was recorded at Southern Studios by Harvey Birrell, and mixed/mastered by me.

Available here:


Some more info on the band, taken from Cargo Records website:

“London math-punk trio Mayors of Miyazaki are about to release their 2nd album, the melodic, unpredictable post-hardcore assault that is “Holy Cop”. A potent mix of DC-tyle rock with punky girl-boy dual vocals, there’s a healthy dose of invention and off-kilter rhythms, choruses and callbacks are here aplenty, and the twisting riffs take their cues from the likes of Fugazi, The Jesus Lizard, Burning Airlines and the more recent examples of Pretty Girls Make Graves and Jetplane Landing. So how did the group get here? In 2008, the band recorded “Buffalo!”, their first full length, which was released on the Tooting Bizarre imprint.

Tim was thankfully able to contribute a number of sequenced sections to the record despite no longer being a full-time member. It was again very warmly received by critics (Subba-Cultcha, [now “Slash The Seats”], Organ, Unpeeled – see clippings below) and continues to receive extensive radio play on digital, analogue and internet stations across the globe (Resonance FM, BBC 6 Music, Sol FM [in Lyon] and Amazing Radio among others). The band gigged extensively to promote it, and fans were quick to snap it up. The album has since been repressed and re-released on Gareth’s “World Heroes” label. Although still gigging semi-regularly throughout 2009/10, Mayors Of Miyazazki took a back seat to other commitments. Both Claire and Tom took time out for personal reasons, and Gareth joined hardcore trio Silent Front on drums, with whom he still plays.

For around 12 months, Chris Hutchinson (Kill Murray) filled in on drums for Tom, to enable Mayors to continue playing live in his absence. As things began to pick up again 2011/12, Tom returned and Mayors embarked on a 10 date tour across the UK and Ireland. While they had previously played up and down the country, this would be their first tour proper. Bristol-based We-Be Records (These Arms are Snakes, Tropics, Lords, Caretaker) put out a split 7″ single with fellow Londoners “Death Pedals”, which was released in November 2012 and has received favourable attention following plays on Xfm and Amazing Radio. Next up for the Mayors is the CD release of the record you’re reading about here – “Holy Cop” – recorded at the legendary Southern Studios by Harvey Birrell (Fugazi, PJ Harvey, Shellac, Cat on Form, Johnny Foreigner, Chrome Hoof). “Holy Cop” will be available as CD or on limited edition tape versions, with the artwork and sleeve concept designed and conceived by the band. Throughout the summer, Mayors will appear at numerous festivals and tour the UK and Ireland in support of it.”

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