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We wrote a full on country song — with banjo and shit — just because we could. A roadie is up a ladder, rigging up a final light.
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After a few minutes and some false starts suddenly the song is alive, the bass thick and guttural in the opening verse. For a long time we just fed into that crankiness.
Max nods. Max was the first person to hear anything.
On record, their songs are staunchly grim, and endlessly introverted — mining a deep vein early 20s angst that seems completely at odds with who they are. So a lot of that…really what felt like teen angst, got recycled into that moment in time.
You just feel fucking everything. They are relentless dancers: Lizzy crumps and squats and stomps, Max slams synth chords while spinning and moving his feet at a dizzying pace. They sling an arm around each other and bow.
There has always been a strange dichotomy to MS MR. In person, they are two of the nicest and funniest people you could ever hope to meet, with a razor sharp wit and intelligence. Max and Lizzy shoot each other a relieved smile. A year ago at SXSW, I had caught the band before they performed at Stubbs BBQ, and in chatting with Lizzy had mentioned their phenomenal Splendour show of the year — where they made their festival debut to a packed Mixup tent and delivered the set of the weekend.
That is the marker of how successful and well known your music is. She pauses, picking at a thread in her dress, before continuing.
But now, we love it. The macabre Bones and Hurricane wrap up the encore, performed of course with a incongruous smile. She ticks off some milestones: playing the main stage at Coachella, playing Glastonbury, being on David Lettermen.
The house lights fade to black, and through the screams of the audience the first notes of Reckless begin to thump out from the stage. It goes a way to explaining the change in tone on their second LP, the more upbeat How Does It Feelreleased mid last year.
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Secondhand Rapture was really a bit of a gamble. A couple of others wheel around gear boxes, unrolling cords as they go.
Grab tickets here. Suddenly the guy up the ladder swears — a cluster of old confetti has been let loose from within the light, showering the tech and drifting slowly down onto the empty stage.
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We got off on that darkness. Lizzy agrees.
Max stations himself behind the keys and tests out a bright synth sound, while Lizzy sits on the drum kit, warming up. Only a few years ago, Max and Lizzy were effectively newbies to the music game.
Him and Lizzy sit cross legged on the couch, with their ever present water bottles in their laps. Lizzy was running her record label — the alt pop driven Neon Gold — and Max was deep in dance classes.