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Micachu


Country of origin:

England

Type of music generally:

Experimental alternative rock

Status:

Most recent release, Good Sad Happy Bad (as Micachu & The Shapes, 2015)

See also:

Micachu's site

Micachu's Facebook page

Wikipedia's page on Micachu

Comparisons:

Unique, but obvious roots in punk and New Wave

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Great songwriting mixed with experimental noises and evocative sounds. Really marvellous stuff for those who like their music edgy and odd. This is catnip to me. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Jewellery

Recordings:

  • Jewellery (2009)
  • Chopped and Screwed (live, 2011)
  • Never (2012)
  • Under the Skin (soundtrack, 2014)
  • Good Sad Happy Bad (as Micachu & The Shapes, 2015)

Jewellery

Release info:

2009—Rough Trade (U.K.)—RTRADCD500

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Mica Levi—electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals

Guest artists:

The Shapes (Marc Pell & Raisa Khan)—(1, 2 7,10, 11, 13)
Marc Pell—drums, percussion (1, 2, 10, 11, 13, 14), backing vocals (13)
Ray—synths (1, 2, 10, 11, 13), zither (1, 13), percussion (11, 13), backing vocals (13, 14), acoustic guitar (14)
Johnny (7)

Produced by:

Mica Levi and Matthew "Lemons" Herbert

Comments:

The album is experimental and some full of odd noises, but instead of being Difficult Listening Hour this comes out somewhat mischievous and a little seriously playful. Definitely has both intellectual and emotional energy. They made quite a splash in Britain and should have received a similar reception in North America, but haven't yet. If you like edgy music at all, give this a try. Highly recommended, and one of my favourite albums of the year. (Neile)

Never (2012)

Release info:

2012—Rough Trade (U.K.)—RTRADCD 642

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Micachu and The Shapes

Guest artists:

Wesley Gonzalez—vocals (13)

Comments:

This is a head trip and loads of fun, though not quite as catchy to me as their first. Neile)

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