Mister Heavenly 2011

You got some sense of what Mister Heavenly sounds like when video of the band performing with temporary bassist Michael Cera surfaced in December. But these two samples, from their upcoming debut album on Sub Pop, show that their songwriting really does combine elements of Nick Thorburn’s and Honus Honus’s primary bands, Islands and Man Man. The first is “Mister Heavenly,” which, in addition to being an excellent addition to the tradition of eponymous tracks (see also: “Minor Threat,” “In A Big Country,” and “My Name Is Prince”) in an excellent introduction to their “doom wop” sound. You’ll hear, for example, Man Man’s girl group harmonies and Islands’s frequent and catchy guitar hooks sprinkled throughout both. The pair also split vocal duties. Listen:

Get both songs in exchange for your email at misterheavenly.com. The band’s playing Bowery Ballroom this Sunday. Tickers are available here. Their Sub Pop debut will be out sometime in the spring. Their tour with Mr. Dream doesn’t exist but probably should.

Comments (2)
  1. I’ve been curious to hear the results of this project. It sounds pretty good: catchy, a little weird, and some nice driving beats. Man Man and Nick make for an interesting duo. Nick seems to pair up well with other songwriters (i.e. Alden Penner with the Unicorns and Jim Guthrie with Human Highway).

    I am a huge fan of all of Nick Diamonds projects (except Reefer), so I am not surprised that I like this.

  2. “Pineapple Girl” is my Swell Tune today:
    It’s cool like a George Michael Bluth music burning party.

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