12 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There are moments on Mister Heavenly’s debut album Out of Love that invoke some long-lost 1950s teen drama flick. Band members Ryan Kattner, Nicholas Thorburn and Joe Plummer (from Man Man, Islands and the Shins, respectively) come together for this project with very specific intentions. Their songs draw upon the innocence of doo-wop (and, at times, the bruising crunch of early heavy metal) to frame disturbing vignettes with David Lynch-like overtones. Thorburn’s mellifluent croon and Kattner’s more abrasive yelp form an effective one-two vocal punch, aided by the judicious use of background vocals. The lyric thrust ranges from slightly twisted sweetness (“Hold My Hand,” “Charlyne”) to ominous eroticism (“Diddy Eyes”) and unrestrained violence (“Bronx Sniper,” “Harm You”). If the emotions here get a bit extreme, the music remains smart and incisive, with the rollicking, faux-Asian “Pineapple Girl” and the swooning, string-accented “Your Girl” standing out sonically. Undeniably dark, Mister Heavenly transcends mere black comedy by the strength of its writing and playing.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There are moments on Mister Heavenly’s debut album Out of Love that invoke some long-lost 1950s teen drama flick. Band members Ryan Kattner, Nicholas Thorburn and Joe Plummer (from Man Man, Islands and the Shins, respectively) come together for this project with very specific intentions. Their songs draw upon the innocence of doo-wop (and, at times, the bruising crunch of early heavy metal) to frame disturbing vignettes with David Lynch-like overtones. Thorburn’s mellifluent croon and Kattner’s more abrasive yelp form an effective one-two vocal punch, aided by the judicious use of background vocals. The lyric thrust ranges from slightly twisted sweetness (“Hold My Hand,” “Charlyne”) to ominous eroticism (“Diddy Eyes”) and unrestrained violence (“Bronx Sniper,” “Harm You”). If the emotions here get a bit extreme, the music remains smart and incisive, with the rollicking, faux-Asian “Pineapple Girl” and the swooning, string-accented “Your Girl” standing out sonically. Undeniably dark, Mister Heavenly transcends mere black comedy by the strength of its writing and playing.

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About Mister Heavenly

Merging a reverence for '50s rock & roll with a penchant for the ominous, Mister Heavenly bring together three indie rock talents into a unique musical triumvirate. Formed in 2010, the band features the talents of Man Man’s Ryan Kattner (also known as Honus Honus), Islands’ Nicholas Thorburn, and Modest Mouse and Shins drummer Joe Plummer. Combining the hopeful sound of early rock and doo wop with a dark vibe, the band created a buzz almost immediately while on tour with Passion Pit (along with occasional touring bassist Michael Cera). The band signed on with Sub Pop, and in late 2011 released its debut album, Out of Love. Over the next several years the Mister Heavenly project went dormant as its members devoted their time to other endeavors. In late 2017, the group finally completed their follow-up album and released Boxing the Moonlight in October of that year, this time on the Polyvinyl label. ~ Gregory Heaney

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