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.