Founded in 2011 and classing themselves as Alternative Rock with a funky edge, Audio Mime are an up-and-coming foursome from Lewes. They pride themselves on their guitar-prominent work and intricate bass as well as their live music being better than tracks they record. Having been compared to The Stone Roses and The Smiths, the band makes use of a number of styles and techniques to form their Radiohead and Massive Attack-inspired work.
The bass in ‘Sophisticated G’ is so funk based, it obviously takes a heavy influence from Blues music, but with the vocals being so prominently spoken and peculiar, it is difficult to take the track too seriously. Audio Mime’s weird style and obvious Thom York encouraged vocal detail does not hit the same heights that Radiohead achieve so naturally. The fact that just prior to a guitar solo making an appearance in a track, the listener is informed about it also takes any heart away from the music, however innate and unscripted the recording is.
‘Television Face’ brings a more mature sound overall, but is all top speedy and repetitive without much awareness of the importance of sentiment in music. However, the guitaring is exceptionally rapid and elaborate, reflecting the respectable talent that the band possesses. Lyrically, Audio Mime’s work leaves a lot to be desired but their use of various genres including influences of country and heavier rock give them more potential when it comes to pin-pointing a market.
Although ‘Honest Man’ makes an attempt to throw some emotion into the mix the lyrics simply seem to lack heart and come across as rapidly produced. Melodically, the quartet’s music is a great deal stronger than it is vocally speaking, but it is difficult to truly connect to listeners with somewhat feeble attempts at story-telling through their songs. Some of the guitar solos however, really give the band the capacity for a fairly bright future in the industry.
If Audio Mime opt to focus on who they are with regards to genre and consider precisely who they want in their audiences at live shows and buying their records, they are likely to be fairly successful. But currently, the listener is likely to be unsure what direction the band is going in; Alternative, humorous, Blues or Indie.