'REFLECTIONS' NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM THE MENTULLS
The Mentulls have become known for their refreshingly unique sound that sets them apart from the rest of the crowd. This is certainly the case on the band's new studio album 'Reflections' which features nine genre defying tracks. Each member of the band grew up listening to a wide variety of music, especially 60s and 70s classic rock and blues, and a healthy portion of the earliest progressive bands.
Although the average age of the band is just 20 years old, this does not make it a novelty, this is serious music that begs you to delve in and discover the details and lose yourself in the lush soundscapes.
"We have made a really layered album that we've all worked very hard on", says British Blues Award nominated guitarist and vocalist Andrew Pipe. "We believe it's got something for everyone on there. We wanted to approach the way we recorded this one differently, taking time to get the arrangements interesting and to further develop the sound of the band".
The album, which was recorded at Superfly Studios in Nottinghamshire and produced by award winning producer Wayne Proctor (King King, Aynsley Lister, Oli Brown), is very much a multi-faceted album, with many different textures and flavours. "It was great to work with Wayne on this", adds drummer Nick Colman. "His drive and dedication are incredible".
"We had done the ‘everyone sets up in the room and you press record’ thing, but now was the time to dig deep, and spread our wings creatively and see what else we had to offer, and make this our classic album”, says keyboard player Jamie Pipe.
The album also contains a guest appearance from UK guitar hero Aynsley Lister playing a solo on the track 'Time To Focus'.
The band also enlisted legendary mastering engineer Ray Staff, who mastered classic albums such as Led Zeppelin’s ‘Physical Graffiti’, ‘Duke’ by Genesis and ‘Hemispheres’ by Rush, to work his magic on the album.
The album was engineered by Andrew Banfield and mixed by Steve Wright and Wayne Proctor. It also features the impressive artwork of Chris Robinson.
Classic Rock Magazine
"The best album I've heard this year by a country mile"
"An uncompromising rocker with shades of Whitesnake & Rainbow - Impressive"
Blues In Britain
"This is a most impressive album that somehow defies their relatively tender years. The title track is powerful and haunting, with some beautiful sounds from guitarist and vocalist Andrew Pipe........Aynsley Lister makes a guest appearance on "Time to Focus" - a tight, multi-layered guitar instrumental that offers another aspect to the band. 4/5"
Guitar Techniques Magazine
"They've developed an impressively mature sound, built on the back of Andrew's seductive guitar tone, coupled with his versitile vocals. This is a classy, stylish album"
"The guitars are blues rock, the keyboards are proggy, songs like ‘Silverbird’ and ‘Time To Focus’, with a guesting Aynsley Lister are utterly delightful"
“The trio can really captivate…..'Reflections' is a heck of a song.....A very strong album......Passage Of Time', 'Reflections' and 'Silver Bird' are the big outperformers on this fine album”
Blues Magazine NL
"Whether we’re supposed to read more into the album title ‘Reflections’ than we first thought is something only the band will know, but suffice it to say that The Mentulls have struck a wonderful balance in enhancing the past, while drawing the listener into their future musical vision. Prog rock it seems still has a future, and it’s called The Mentulls. 4.5/5"
Get Ready To Rock
“Such is the quality of young blues bands breaking through right now that merely being good isn’t good enough. The Mentulls can point to the awards they’ve won. So can a lot more of bands. They can talk about their live shows. So can hundreds of others. In short, in 2015, it’s hard to stand out. Unless you are as superb as the Mentulls are, that is. The Mentulls have delivered on their promise. “Reflections” is stunning. 9.5/10"
"This is an album that is easy to love, comfortable and familiar in many ways but which still possesses enough originality and complexity to make the listener think. All in, quite a package. 4/5"
"It is of no surprise that The Mentulls chose “Reflections” as their title track; it is simply stunning. Andrew Pipe, who has an incredible appreciation of space, masterful control, and a great tone, plays with intricacy and passion"
National Blues Review
"This is an assured record with some some lovely playing throughout. The riffs are firm but melodic across the disc and there's some glorious soloing which is the album's strength"