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Mono Stereo

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Sweden's Mono Stereo return with new single 'Me And My Machine' on November 8 on Minty Highway. The lead track will be backed by a brand new, acoustically led track - 'You Gotta Take Me Home'.

Having received welcome support from Steve Lamacq and Tom Ravenscroft on BBC 6music for previous single 'On and On', as well as comparisons to the likes of Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Angels and BRMC from a variety of online music critics, the timing seems ideal for Mono Stereo's brand of psychedelic rock to be brought to a wider social consciousness.

We thought it'd be a good time to ask them about their influences:


The Ganjas - Dancehall. It's the fucking Ganjas. Blows me away, yehey!

Oasis - Slide Away. What a song, what a voice.

Beck - Nobodys Fault But My Own. This live version kicks ass. Hell yeah!



Pink Floyd - Arnold Layne. I bought the first Pink Floyd album when I was 13. From that day on Syd Barrett was my god.

The Blues Magoos - Tobacco Road. Just shows how weird noises on guitars often can be quite beautiful.

The Misunderstood - I Can Take You To The Sun. I just can't believe this song was recorded 44 years ago. It's perfect!


The Coral - 1000 years. Great single, perfect record.

Dead Skeletons - Dead Mantra. Cool as fuck.

Slowdive - Hide Yer Eyes. Classic shit.


David - 40 miles The mood in songs like this one is what made me pick up music in the first place. I remember listening to this at 19, when, for some reason, I was doing military service far away in the north of Sweden. I went there by night train and this seemed to fit somehow. I think it was from an old tape machine walkman.

'Me And My Machine' has been produced by Kramer, the man behind the legendary Galaxie 500 canon and the discovery of Low, and is the first glimpse into the Malmö band's debut album - due for release spring 2011. His stamp on the bands addictively melodic take on psychedelia works perfectly, with the single cementing Mono Stereo as one of the finest purveyors of the revivalist sound in Europe today. The B-side, recorded by the band themselves, finds the band in a more introspective mood, and brings a new rawness and diversity to their sound.

Mono Stereo will support the single release with their debut UK tour throughout early and mid-November.

5th November - Ducie Bridge, Manchester
6th November - Cedar Room, Barnsley
8th November - The Red House, Sheffield
9th November - New Hero, Brighton
10th November - Death Disco, Notting Hill Arts Club, London
11th November - Cut To The Chase (Iceland Airwaves Showcase), Hoxton Bar + Kitchen, London
12th November - The Watershed, Wimbledon, London
13th November - Lennons, Southampton
14th November - Northern Monkey, Leeds

Mono Stereo - Me And My Machine - Out 8th November by mono stereo

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