"Led by Elizabeth Mitchell, the Australian quartet match off kilter guitars to some striking melodies, and fascinating lyricism." Clash
"Her is a gorgeous lush pop album that bristles with personal messages." God Is In The TV
"On the surface it sounds totally innocent, rendered in bright twanging guitars, bubblegum melodies and sing-song vocals. However, digging further into the actual words of the song and paying attention to Mitchell's careful inflections in her mellifluous voice, gives us a deeper and more resounding picture of someone dealing with the struggles of maintaining quotidian relationships." - The 405 (on "From One Another")
"Engorged, engaged, empowered bedroom sulk music." The Guardian
"A shining talisman for the heartbroken." Pitchfork
"Sweet, harmony-rich, pointedly concise jangle-pop" - NPR
"Skewed pop gold" - Noisey
Following the release of their new album Her via Chapter Music and hot-on-the-heels of shows at SXSW, Totally Mild head to the UK for a string of shows this week, starting with the Popular Culture club night at The Finsbury this Friday, a headline show at The Shacklewell Arms on Saturday 24 March and a newly announced Rough Trade East instore at lunchtime on Tuesday 27 March.
Totally Mild is a lush pop quartet led by songwriter Elizabeth Mitchell, with the addition of guitar magician Zachary Schneider, bassist Lehmann Smith and new drummer Dylan Young. With Her, the band's quasi-psychic intensity, surging forward or pulling back in seamless unison has been captured in crystalline form by producer and one-time Architecture In Helsinki member James Cecil.
As always, Elizabeth's voice is a thing of unearthly beauty, capable of soaring and swooping in shiver-inducing ways. As a songwriter she is equally arresting, addressing desires and dreams with affecting frankness.
About the new album, Mitchell says "Her is a record of failure and victory, new desire, stale romance, queer domesticity and what comes when the party is over. I was torn between a new domestic life and the impulse to tear it all away with bad choices. I fell in love, but I wrestled for independence. I was always trying to prove that I didn't need anyone; my wife, my friends, my band. Her is a document of a woman struggling with the idea of potential. We are told that we could be limitless, but we wrestle with unseen personal and structural walls."
TOTALLY MILD UK DATES
Friday March 23
@ The Finsbury, London
w/ Castorp and Life Models
Saturday March 24
@ The Shacklewell Arms, London
Tuesday March 27
@ Rough Trade East 1pm
Instore and signing