Photo by Neil Krug
On their 2010 self-titled debut, Mini Mansions — the Los Angeles outfit led by Queens of the Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman — turned heads by channeling Pet Sounds-era pop music. Now, for the indie rockers’ follow-up LP, The Great Pretenders, they’re not only drawing influence from The Beach Boys; they have actually enlisted the help of one in Brian Wilson.
Mini Mansions and some giant-sized Wilson vocals meet on “Any Emotions”, a psych pop track whose hypnotic and hooky fluidity plays out like a warm wave of, dare I say, good vibrations. Check it out below via its black-and-white music video, which stars a very emotive Colin Hanks.
Here, Mini Mansions’ Zach Dawes explains how the collaboration came to fruition:
The idea of working with Brian started after I did a session with him playing bass on a track for his record. We got along great and I went straight to Vox Studios from that session where the boys were doing vocals for ‘Any Emotions.’ As they got into harmonies Brian’s name came up kind of as a pie in the sky idea. I followed up with him and sent him a rough cut of the song. Then that rare moment occurred where the idealised version of something becomes a reality and Brian Wilson served up an endless helping of apple pie a la mode. We are forever grateful for his presence, genius, and generosity.
The Great Pretenders arrives on March 23rd via T Bone Burnett’s Capitol Records imprint Electromagnetic. The album is also expected to feature a collaboration with Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner.