The Mean Times create infectious, high-energy rock and roll with a let-loose-and-party attitude. Their sound is a pastiche of indie cool with sharp, scuzzy riffs and catchy pop choruses, all delivered with tongue-in-cheek lyrics and a hell of a lot of swagger.
While the Melbourne-based band has spent the past few years backfilling positions – they’ve gone through eight different drummers, three bassists, and three lead guitarists – their core members (Eoin Clements, Rob Meerbach and Tom Morgan) have diligently knuckled down to enhance their sound and improve their songwriting. This culminated in last year’s comeback single ‘Sober’- a catchy punk pop tale of sliding doors, intemperance, drinking to forget, and a prawn.
Now the band are back with their raucous new single, ‘Be Still My Bleeding Heart’. This will be the second track to be lifted off their forthcoming second EP, Raw Prawn, due for release in late March 2019.
“‘Be Still My Bleeding Heart’ is a rollicking adventure that conjures chase scenes, slapstick comedy and a casual distaste for dickheads. It has high-energy horns and gruff vocals channelling The Saints – the greatest AFL football team of 1966 and a pretty nifty Australian punk rock band. It’s both a kick in the teeth and rigorous massage, all the while having a little go at everyone who pisses me off in everyday life. From those pretending to be your mate on street corners so you’ll give them money to pass onto a charity they know nothing about; to music scenesters who think they’re cooler than you because they know cooler people than you and think that your music is off trend; to grumpy old men who hold stubborn opinions on topics of which they know nothing and the encroaching fear that in writing songs like this I’m in grave danger of eventually becoming one myself!”
– Tom Morgan (vocals/guitar)
It’s going to be a busy and creative year for the seafood-obsessed trio. Once they drop their second EP, Raw Prawn, in late March they’ll have even more fishy releases in store for 2019!
‘Be Still My Bleeding Heart’ is available now for streaming and download at all digital outlets
FRIDAY 5TH APRIL – YOUNG STREET SOCIAL, FRANKSTON, MELBOURNE
SATURDAY 6TH APRIL – COBURG RSL, MELBOURNE
FRIDAY 12TH APRIL – BOMBAY ROCK, BRUNSWICK, MELBOURNE
*** OFFICIAL EP LAUNCH SHOW ***