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Mike + The Mechanics to play series of Florida shows in March

Mike + The Mechanics will be playing a series of dates in Florida this spring, coinciding with their participation in The 80s Cruise.

16 March 2018 – Parker Playhouse – Ft Lauderdale, FL
19 March 2018 – Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
20 March 2018 – Capitol Theatre – Clearwater, FL
21 March 2018 – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – St Augustine, FL

Tickets for all three shows go on sale this Friday, June 16th, at 10am EDT.

Prices range from $33.92 – $192.50 in Ft. Lauderdale ($192.50 tickets including a Meet and Greet), $39.50 – $194.50  in Orlando ($194.50 tickets including a Meet and Greet), $45.50 to $129.50 in Clearwater ($129.50 tickets including a Meet and Greet), and $63-$73 in St Augustine.

The band will also be headlining The 80s Cruise along with Rick Springfield, Loverboy, Billy Ocean and others, which runs from March 17 to March 24.

No further US dates have been announced at this time.

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Article: In Conversation: The Waiting Room talks to Mike Rutherford about new albums and life on the road

Photo © Stuart Barnes

This article originally appeared in issue 99 of The Waiting Room fanzine, and is reproduced here with their kind permission.

Interviews conducted by Alan Hewitt and Katherine Stratton on Tuesday 21st February 2017. Photographs by Katherine Stratton, Alan Hewitt and Stuart Barnes.

KS: Obviously we have not heard the new album yet, what can you tell us about it?

It’s fabulous [laughs]. It’s kind of like the first two Mechanics albums, I think. There was a nice start to this thing. Brian Rawling who runs Metrophonic, the production studio, he’s got these sort of good ears, you know what I mean? He’s a songwriter, he’s mad about music and songwriting, and he said: look, let’s go back to how you started, where you start with your sort of quirky demos, and I’d do these weird little loop things, and sound effects, an atmospheric style, and then get another co-writer. He recommended Clark Datchler, who was Johnny Hates Jazz. He was a songwriter before he ever started doing the band thing, and we got together and it kind of clicked again, really. A bit like B.A., in a sense. He brought something very different to the table, and then Roachford obviously. Roachford’s involved in the songs and Tim [Howar], and so rather than go in to record a dozen songs like we used to, I didn’t record anything until I had actually written four or five songs. Then I wrote them a lot more. I rewrote them, threw some out, I changed some choruses and some verses, you know, all that sort of stuff. Until we were happy with the songs, we didn’t go near a studio. And then when we got happy with the songs, we didn’t really get them through like we used to. I did my demo at home with Harry, engineering, and then I sent that to Brian with a good guide vocal. They work on the track, send it back. I liked some things, threw some things out, we sort of just back and forwards, slowly building the song up. After we did four, we did another three, bit by bit, but it was the songwriting that we spent more time on this time.

KS: There was one song I remember reading about, “When the World Stops Loving You”, what happened to that one? Did it become something else?

I couldn’t make it work. Funnily enough, I think the lyric actually might be re – I don’t normally reuse things – I don’t really reuse music, the next time around I won’t reuse the same songs. Lyrically it was quite interesting and quite strong, but the music didn’t quite work. I think the level of quality of songwriting [on this album] is a lot, lot better than we’ve done for a long time. Bringing Clark in was very good, he’s a sort of bona fide songwriter and it made a big difference, I think.

KS: Which ones are your favourite tracks?

Probably “Let Me Fly” is the favourite track. It’s about four and a half, five minutes long, and they asked recently to do a radio and TV edit to three minutes, three and a half and I thought “F**k knows, I’ll let Brian do that” and we’ve got this big choir that comes in in the end, gospel choir, and we brought it in in the first and second chorus, and actually it’s rather good! So it works, sure, but I mean, yeah, that’s my song. “Don’t Know What Came Over Me” is a song I really like. It’s got a same sort of feel as “Coffee”. It’s a nice idea about this chap, you know, he’s got a perfect life, he’s married or with somebody, and life is good. He goes out one night and it ends up being a huge, large night out, he doesn’t know what happens, and he misbehaves and he wakes in the morning and is a bit like “what came over me?” That sort of feeling of “why?”, it’s such an unimportant thing, but he did it. So that was not autobiographical… [laughs]. Then I wrote “High Life”, which is a little acoustic song, with a guy called Ed Drewett who Brian recommended. He’s actually done some One Direction hits, but he’s a very nice, quirky guy too. And Fraser T Smith, who is a bit on a roll these days, but he’s a friend more than anything. Actually we were going to do some more, but he got locked away with Gorillaz and Stormzy, so we didn’t have enough time. But I definitely think that the standard is pretty good.

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Article: Chief Mechanic (Gearphoria Magazine)

Photo via Gearphoria.

Mike was interviewed by Alison Richter for Gearphoria volume 5, number 5 (May/June 2017).

Mike Rutherford is backstage in an arena in a “very cold, wet Scotland,” calling before show time to talk about the new Mike + The Mechanics album, Let Me Fly. It’s the band’s first new project in six years, and he is quite satisfied with the results. “I’m pleased with the album,” he says. “I think it’s got a strength to it. How it does, we’ll see.”

Rutherford began thinking about a new album while The Mechanics were touring their 2011 release, The Road. “On that album we didn’t really know each other,” he says. “We were sort of feeling our way. This time it was a lot easier because I knew Andrew and Tim’s voices and I knew the kind of songs I wanted them to sing – or I had an idea, anyway.”

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Review: Mike + The Mechanics in New York City

Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar at the Highline Ballroom.

Review by Katherine Stratton for MR Net, photos by Scott Saldinger.

Mike + The Mechanics made their first appearance in the US since their 2015 tour at the end of April, playing two shows in and around New York City. The first, a television taping for the series Front and Center, took place on April 21 as a part of the Asbury Park Music and Film Festival at the House of Independents in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The second show on April 23 was at New York’s Highline Ballroom, an intimate venue which has previously featured artists such as Adele, Stevie Wonder and Rihanna.

As opposed to the theatres the band had been playing on their UK tour in February/March, these venues were much smaller, with capacities of about 250-400 people and a mix of seated and standing room. An interesting aspect of the Highline Ballroom show was that in addition to sections being seated, there was also a dinner service. Between the television taping of the first show and the dine-in experience of the second, it was going to be interesting to see what effects those would have on the shows overall.

Mike + The Mechanics at Asbury Park’s House of Independents.

The Front and Center taping began with an introduction by one of the show’s producers, letting us know what we were in for and about the potential for having to stop and start the show in order to get things just right. The audience were also asked to do a few reaction shots before the band even came out, applauding as if the band were on stage and between songs.

Once the show actually got underway, it was relatively easy to forget the cameras were there for the most part. The only time the taping interfered was when band had to do ‘Over My Shoulder’ a second time in its entirety, which was a nice treat for us if not for them.

The set list did not differ too heavily from the UK tour, with the absence of ‘Cuddly Toy’ and the addition of the single ‘Don’t Know What Came Over Me’ (the latter was performed at a few dates on the UK tour, but was not a regular fixture). The band also forewent the solos they had been including during the encores. Perhaps it is the nature of recording something for the small screen that means the sound and performances are necessarily a bit more contained, but the small size of the venue meant that that did not feel out of place and indeed I did not even truly notice a difference until I heard them again on Sunday.

Andrew Roachford at the House of Independents.

Apart from the need to do another take of ‘Over My Shoulder’, the show flowed as well as it had during the tour. The acoustic interlude for ‘High Life’ and ‘Wonder’ remains a high point of the show for me, and worked especially well in the intimate setting, a setting which later lent itself just as easily to the intensity and energy of ‘I Can’t Dance’ and ‘All I Need is a Miracle’. By the end of the set, those who were seated weren’t anymore and ended the show by enthusing to those next to them about the performance. It bodes well that among those being very enthusiastic was the show’s producer.

Tim Howar at the Highline Ballroom.

The show at the Highline Ballroom was next on the agenda, and I will admit that I did have some reservations about how it might turn out due entirely to the impending dine-in experience. It was difficult to imagine being able to completely get into the show while someone was leaning over you to ask how you wanted your steak cooked, but in the end those worries were ill-founded. At least at our table much of the ordering and eating were already finished by the time the band even came onstage and the staff did a good job of not disrupting views later on.

Mike Rutherford and Anthony Drennan at the Highline Ballroom.

In contrast to the Asbury Park show which was more contained and polished, this show felt more relaxed.  All of the members of the band had an amazing energy for this show, letting loose more than they had even during some of the UK shows, and being a bit more improvisational. The sound was incredible, both from the band and from the audience reactions. I had never heard Tim so dynamic, which is saying a lot. One of the best things about this band is how much fun they seem to have together, and on this night it really felt as if we were also a part of that camaraderie as an audience. There were the usual shouts for ‘Supper’s Ready!’ but it was nice to hear a shout in there for ‘The Letter’ as well.

The only down side to this show was the time constraint (there was an event taking place directly afterwards), which perhaps led to the need to cut ‘Another Cup of Coffee’ from the set. All in all, though, for a Sunday night, it was an intensely good time.

The Mechanics’ episode of Front and Center is set to air in January (source). You can see the band supporting Phil Collins this summer in Dublin and Hyde Park, and they will be on the road in Europe this September. For all dates and tickets check the tour tab or visit mikeandthemechanics.com.

Asbury Park set list:

Are You Ready?
Get Up
Silent Running
Another Cup of Coffee
Save the World
The Best is Yet to Come
Land of Confusion
High Life
Wonder
Let Me Fly
Don’t Know What Came Over Me
I Can’t Dance
Beggar on a Beach of Gold
Over My Shoulder
Over My Shoulder take 2
Living Years
All I Need is a Miracle
Encore: Word of Mouth

Highline Ballroom set list:

Are You Ready?
Get Up
Silent Running
Save the World
The Best is Yet to Come
Land of Confusion
High Life
Wonder
Let Me Fly
Don’t Know What Came Over Me
I Can’t Dance
Beggar on a Beach of Gold
Over My Shoulder
Living Years
All I Need is a Miracle
Encore: Word of Mouth

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Ben McKelvey to support Mike + The Mechanics on their European tour in September

Ben McKelvey will be joining Mike + The Mechanics on tour once more this September!

Ben has recently released his new EP ‘One For the Road’, which is available now on his website and on iTunes.

The tour kicks off on September 1st in Copenhagen and runs for the entire month with dates in Germany, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. Check out the tour tab for dates and tickets.

 

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Video: Mike + The Mechanics on Weekend with Aled Jones

Mike + The Mechanics appeared on ITV’s Weekend programme with Aled Jones on April 23rd performing the new single “Don’t Know What Came Over Me” as well as “Over My Shoulder”.  Thank you to TORYmax for the upload.

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Mike + The Mechanics to play Asbury Park Festival for broadcast on US show Front And Center

Mike + The Mechanics will be performing on April 21, 2017 at the House of Independents in Asbury Park, New Jersey as part of the Asbury Park Music and Film Festival. The show will be filmed for broadcast on a future episode of the American public television program Front And Center.

There will only be around 250 tickets available, ranging in price from $35-$125. Tickets are on sale now from the festival website apmff.com.

You can read more about the festival and the Mechanics’ appearance on the Asbury Park Press website.