Today Manchester-bred quartet announce Mandy, Indiana their debut album, i’ve seen a way, out May 19th on Fire Talk Records. Recorded in caves, crypts and shopping malls, i’ve seen a way is everything at once: an exquisitely rendered debut, expertly twisting genre to channel the chaos of everyday life. Mandy, Indiana draw on a broad sonic palette of experimental noise and industrial electronics, with frontwoman Valentine Caulfield’s lyrics of fury and fairytales completing the band’s soundworld.
Lead single “Pinking Shears” is all rude swagger and rhythms that strut on metal legs, with Caulfield expressing (in her native French) frustration at the state of the world. She runs through the myriad of inequalities, everyday aggressions, and grievances that plague our existence in late-stage capitalism.
Mandy, Indiana thrive in the unexpected, and their live sets have become a vehicle to explore the boundaries of anticipation. The accompanying “Pinking Shears” video, recorded in Manchester, captures their thrilling live performance. The band will make their long-awaited US live debut at SXSW.
“Pinking Shears” on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/
Mandy, Indiana’s music is made from their place within the world, having formed out of the fertile Manchester scene and arriving fully-realized. The group initially came to fruition after Caulfield and guitarist/producer Scott Fair met sharing a bill with their former projects. Joined by Simon Catling (synth) and Alex Macdougall (drums), Mandy, Indiana have generated a sound that is once chaotic and precisely tuned. The “Berghain-ready” (them) early single “Injury Detail” was released to a wealth of critical praise from the likes of FADER (deeming the track a “Song You Need”), Stereogum (previously naming Mandy one of 2021’s “Best New Bands”) and Pitchfork, who hailed: “Mandy, Indiana have mastered the sound of mechanized violence.”
Their first recordings emerged around 2019, with a smattering of early singles released not long after, culminating in 2021’s acclaimed “…” EP, released via Fire Talk, which saw the band draw early cosigns including a Daniel Avery remix and support slots from Squid and Gilla Band. The latter’s Daniel Fox mixed several of the tracks on i’ve seen a way, alongside Robin Stewart of Giant Swan. Produced by the band’s own Fair, the album was mastered by indie stalwart Heba Kadry.
Unlikely off-site recording locations with novel acoustics were crucial to achieving i’ve seen a way’s unique sound, from recording screaming vocals in a Bristol mall to live drums in a West Country cave — the latter’s session cut short by literal spelunkers. Other sessions happened in Gothic crypts, where Mandy, Indiana’s physical bass frequencies and experiments with volume competed with underground roadworks in upsetting a yoga class above.i’ve seen a way is a manifesto for these moments of openness and disruption.
i’ve seen a way manipulates chance recording operations into percussive geometries, one where gnarled guitars sit in thickets of distortion and vocals spin knots of lyrical repetitions. Fair explains, “We wanted to alter textures, create clashes, and craft those moments when what you’re expecting to happen never comes.”
Mandy, Indiana Tour Dates
Wed. Mar. 1 – Manchester, UK @ Soup
Wed. Mar. 15 – Sun. Mar. 19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mon. May. 22 – Utrecht, NL @ Freaky Dancing
Fri. June 16 – Mannheim, DE @ Maifeld Derby
Fri. June 16 – Sun. June 18 – Mannheim, DE @ Maifeld Derby
Sat. July 8 – Trencin, SK @ Pohoda
Sat. July 22 – Standon, UK @ Standon Calling
Tues. Aug. 8 – Katowice, PL @ OFF
Fri. Oct. 27 – Manchester, UK @ The White Hotel
Sat. Oct. 28 – Glasgow, UK @ Hug & Print
Sun. Oct. 29 – Newcastle, UK @ Zerox
Wed. Nov. 1 – Bristol, UK @ Dareshack
Thu. Nov. 2 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
Fri. Nov. 3 – London, UK @ Corsica Studios
Sat. Nov. 4 – Nottingham, UK @ Bodega
i’ve seen a way tracklist:
1. Love Theme (4K VHS)
2. Drag [Crashed] 3. Pinking Shears
4. Injury Detail (YouTube)
6. The Driving Rain (18)
7. 2 Stripe
8. Iron Maiden
9. Peach Fuzz
10. (ノ>ω<)ノ :。・:*:・゚’★,。・:*:♪・゚’☆ (Crystal Aura Redux)
11. Sensitivity Training