Image by Brian Tamborello and Lo Nguyen
Mini Mansions, the Beatlesque ‘super-group’ comprised of members of Last Shadow Puppets (itself a supergroup fronted by Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner), and Queens of the Stone Age, are celebrating a decade of existence this year.
To properly fete the anniversary, an eagerly awaited new album is coming in July – and in the meantime, BlackBook premieres here the video for the deliciously titled new single “GummyBear.”
Decidedly less dark, and less rock, respectively, than either of their direct ancestors, Mini Mansions rely more on lavish keyboards and electronics than guitars, and the drums and bass bring way more funk than might be expected from their respective histories. Indeed, “Gummy Bear” is a groovily perky track that documents a stage in singer/guitarist Michael Shuman’s recent ill-fated whirlwind relationship – and if the music makes you want to get up and dance, the neon lights, glitterball, and ’70s vibe of the Liam Lynch (Foo Fighters, Tenacious D) directed video only serves to further emphasize the song’s dancey DNA.
Shuman elaborates, “We made a video for new single ‘GummyBear’ with our friend and comedic legend, Liam Lynch. Inspired by Saturday Night Fever and the classic videos of the early 2000s, we created some serious visual eye candy for a song that sonically tastes the same. Pun intended.”
“I kept coming back to this Bee Gees feeling, but it was more like a realm in between,” adds Lynch. “This got me thinking about the gateway door on the album cover, and maybe that was a doorway to that realm. So this video is a collage and mish-mash of elements, but they sort of come together in their bar/disco/neon and city lights to support the vibe.”
A perfectly bright and shiny bauble for the, hopefully, the last days of winter, “GummyBear” has us thinking warm thoughts, and very much anticipating the new MM album, which is rumored to include duets with The Kills’ swoon-inducing Allison Mosshart, as well as Z Berg.