Mini Mansions to get a Royal lesson in Brits

Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood with their award for Best British Group in the press room at the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 25, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood with their award for Best British Group in the press room at the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 25, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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If Mini Mansions didn’t know much about the Brit Awards last week, they’re about to get a lesson about their position in the UK music industry - joining best band winners Royal Blood on their biggest tour to date.

The trio are joining the new rock stars for a sold out night at Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom on Friday night, with the tour a great opportunity for the newly crowned headliners to celebrate.

Michael Shuman, best known as bass player with Queens Of The Stone Age, Zach Dawes and Tyler Parkford formed the group almost by accident when studio jams and a shared love of punk rock and melody turned into recording sessions.

Speaking the day after the Brit Awards, Michael and Tyler had been partying - but were doing well the next morning.

“We weren’t at the awards themselves. But we went to all the hottest parties,” Michael said.

“We saw Royal Blood, gave them a big kiss and said ‘congratulations’ although we didn’t stay with them.

We did all the debauchery, although to be honest we don’t know much about the Brits

Michael Shuman

“We did all the debauchery, although to be honest we don’t know much about the Brits.”

Royal Blood, Brighton duo bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, have rapidly risen through the music ranks since forming in 2013 and have won a reputation for seriously loud music in their live shows.

“I don’t think we do ‘fit’ with Royal Blood, as an act,” Michael explained. “We’re more like the weird step-kids.

“What they do is super-impressive; watching two guys create that much sound with no backing track.”

Tyler admitted it was ‘hard to pin the tail on the donkey’ of what Mini Mansions are as a band, throwing in ‘psychadelic and a bit of surf’ by way of explanation - with a heavy emphasis on the vocal harmonies too.

Mini Mansions’ new album The Great Pretenders is due out this month from the Californian trio.

Michael said: “We’re mainly playing songs from the new recording, which people haven’t really heard so it’s interesting for us to see the reactions.

“When I see my favourite bands, I like to see them play what I know, so I understand it might be hard for people to fully get into it - but we’re hoping it will go really, really well.”

* Royal Blood, with support from Mini Mansions, Empress Ballroom, Winter Gardens, Blackpool, Friday, doors 
7pm.