Having built a good reputation locally in the past couple of years thanks to live performances and radio sessions, Bristol duo MIA nd TUESDAY released their debut EP digitally earlier this year, with CD copies now available (contact them using the links below for details). The 17 year-old twin sisters have impressed with their acoustic harmony covers of '60s girl groups, and that influence is all over 'Shake It Up Louder!', a hugely impressive powerpop/indie set that has melody in spades.
'Wall Of Sound' is, as expected, a tribute to Phil Spector's stable of musicians, giving lip-service to Ronnie Spector, Darlene Love, Dee Dee from The Crystals and Bobby Sheen from Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans, all put to a chugging riff, neat harmonies and an insanely catchy melody. Melody and the influence of classic C86 and indiepop also play a huge part in this EP, and 'I Can't Hear The Melody' reiterates that, talking of dancing to Northern soul, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. It's got more hooks than a pirate convention and is a perfect piece of DIY powerpop. Stripping things down is the excellent, semi-acoustic 'Supermarket', a cynical look at consumerism with those voices set to a jangly guitar tune that adds some diversity. Not that diversity is particularly needed - these three-minute tracks are contagious enough to withstand numerous repeat plays.
Maybe best of all is 'Transparent Disguise' which takes another bristing riff and some gorgeous girl-group vocals resulting in a truly lovable number. More musical references are included, from 'Bliztkreig Bop' to Levi Stubbs singing 'The Same Old Song' and Weezer singing 'The Sweater Song'. 'Here It Comes Again' wraps up this debut release and is more addictive jangle-pop that brings to mind a punchier version of The Primitives. 'Shake It Up Louder!' proves that age isn't a factor in making great music, because MIA and TUESDAY have given us one of the best sets of indiepop tunes you'll hear this year.