Listening to The Worries was a real treat and an interesting experience as I already knew the band’s music from their 2005 EP Hands Will Carry. The band and its musical direction had changed since then.
Back at the time of the EP, the band’s style was of a kind that many people would quickly contrast to Sigur Ros and Mogwai featuring both high pitched vocals and drawn out music sequences. Yet the style was still unique and Mimas’ own, as the music was sung in English and the music and instrumental lineup definitely wasn’t Mogwai!
Since then the band had a change in lineup, the keyboardist and keyboards would no longer feature in the band lineup. Mimas were now a quartet and have moved from post-rock to a more indie rock style with lots of shouting to be found somewhere in the track! The term death indie has been used several times.
Still, the influence of their former style is still clearly evident on the album. While this perhaps prevents them from having a clearly defined style of music to categorise them into (not necessarily a bad thing at all), the album never-the-less works virtually seamlessly.
Opening track Treehouse serves as a warm up track to the album proper and is perhaps the single-most track on the album that most reflects the conflict between Mimas post-rock style and Mimas (death) indie rock style.
Mac Get Your Gear, inspired by the character RJ MacReady (Kurt Russell) aka Mac from The Thing, also serves as the would be radio friendly pop song of the album, or at least it would be if not for lyrics about guns and death. It has a nice style to it, beginning with a slow singalong style, interrupted by pantomime “He’s Behind You” style shouting,building up to a faster tempo leading to a shout-filled climax.
Dads also begins some catchy sing a long style lyrics in comically morbid style. Can morbid be funny? It can when Mimas does it. Meanwhile the music is getting progressively louder before climaxing out to make way for a peaceful trumpet soliloquy, which could easily be a standalone piece of music in its own right. The trumpet is then eventually joined by bass, then guitar and percussion as the band repeat out the album’s namesake and lead singer Snaevar utters the most infamous words on the album about, er smelly armpits. Yeah, smelly armpits, death by alligators and kids demanding extra pets – all in a single track. That’s Mimas.
After the interlude and most obvious tribute to the former keyboardist Kenn in Fangs (one of his own pieces in fact) comes two tracks from that same era, souped up into kick ass versions, expanding in both aggressive bass riffs and atmosphere. A triumphant reinterpretation of old style Mimas into new.
Be Quiet, perhaps another tribute song to old style Mimas, being very much in that style has a slow and sad tone. Cats on Fire gets the award for the most consistently loud and fast paced track AND another for the hilarious and rare, if not unique Cats on Fire video – featuring sock puppets. If Treehouse represents a crossroads struggle between artistic direction, then Cats on Fire represents celebratory liberation from that struggle.
However, it was decided that the album would end on a softer note with Beneath the Glad Sunbeam – a more solemn albeit still lightheartedly sung song that contrasts to Dads punchy comical style. Builds up nicely to an emphatic climax before finally giving way to a trumpet soliloquy in “lowering of the curtain style.”
Overall, The Worries is a respectable debut album. The mashup style of old and new style Mimas works successfully and has the advanatge of allowing the band a lot of musical freedom over their next album, being both loud and quiet, aggressive and soft, post rock and (death) indie rock.