New Video: Acclaimed Indie Supergroup Mini Mansions Release a Glittering Disco-Tinged Visual for “GummyBear”

Comprised of Michael Shuman, Zach Dawes and Tyler Parkford, the Los Angeles-based indie rock supergroup Mini Mansions features a collection of highly acclaimed musicians, as the side project features members of Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and The Last Shadow Puppets. Tracing their origins to when Queens of the Stone Age went on a hiatus in 2009, the trio of Shuman, Dawes and Parkford have released three EPs and two full-length albums —  2009’s self-titled and self-released EP,  2010’s self-titled full-length, 2012’s . . . Besides . . .2015’s The Great Pretenders and 2018’s Works Every Time EP all of which have established them for a sound that has been compared favorably by critics and fans to the likes of The Beatles, Elliot Smith, and Fountains of Wayne among others. 

Slated for a July 26, 2019 release through Fiction Records, the Shuman and Cian Riordan co-produced third album, Guy Walks Into A Bar finds Shuman relinquishing his drummer role to fully focus on vocals and lyrics with his Queens of the Stone Age bandmate Jon Theodore taking up drumming duties for the album. Interestingly, the album reportedly features some of Shuman’s most self-reflective and honest work he’s written, as the album’s lyrics are informed by a whirlwind relationship that he began with his ex-fiancee, who he met during a night out at a bar — with the album detailing aeach stage of the relationship from the beginning in which you’ve connected with someone and think they’re attractive and interested to falling in love to dramatically falling out of love. And the material may also arguably be he most pop leaning and sleekest material they’ve written to date.

Interestingly, Guy Walks Into A Bar‘s latest single is the slinky, dance floor friendly synth pop jam “GummyBear,” a track that sounds indebted to 80s synth funk and Giorgio Moroder-era disco and LCD Soundsystem, as the track is centered around shimmering and arpeggiated synths, a sinuous bass line and some complex polyrhythm. The recently released Liam Lynch-directed video further emphasizes the dance floor vibes, as it features a shit ton of neon and glitter drenched visuals. As Shuman remarks on the video ” We made a video for new single ‘GummyBear’ with our friend and comedic legend, Liam Lynch. Inspired by Saturday Night Fever and the classic videos of the early 2000’s, we created some serious visual eye candy for a song that sonically tastes the same. Pun intended.”

Liam Lynch says in press notes, “I’ve known Mike Shuman for over ten years, through my work with Queens of the Stone Age. When he asked me if I’d do a video for Mini Mansions, I was happy to do so. To me, this song really straddles being sort of 70’s and 80’s at the same time. I kept coming back to this Bee Gees feeling but it was more like a realm in between. This got me thinking about the gateway door on the album cover and maybe that was a doorway to this in-between realm. So this video is a collage and mish-mash of elements but they sort of come together in their bar, disco, neon, and city lights to support the vibe.”

Mini Mansions will be touring to support their third, full-length album — and the tour will include a May 30, 2019 stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Check out the tour dates below. 

Tour Dates
05/30 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
05/31 – Washington, DC – DC9
06/01 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
06/03 – Boston, MA – Middle East
06/04 – Albany, NY – Hollow
06/05 – Toronto, ON, Canada – Velvet Underground
06/06 – Detroit, MI – The Loving Touch
06/07 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
06/18 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
06/20 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
06/21 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Biltmore
06/22 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
06/24 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
06/26 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
06/27 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
06/28 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram
International Tour Dates
05.04.19 – Live at Leeds – Leeds, UK
05.05.19 – Hit The North – Newcastle, UK
05.06.19 – King Tuts – Glasgow, UK
05.08.19 – Whelans – Dublin, Ireland
05.09.19 – Hare & Hounds – Birmingham, UK
05.11.19 – The Great Escape – Brighton, UK
05.12.19 – The Joiners – Southampton, UK
05.13.19 – The Cavern – Exeter, UK
05.14.19 – Clwb Ifor Bach – Cardiff, UK
05.16.19 – Esquires – Bedford, UK
05.17.19 – The Portland Arms – Cambridge, UK
05.18.19 – The Waterfront Studio – Norwich, UK
05.20.19 – Picturehouse Social – Sheffield, UK
05.21.19 – The Forum – Tunbridge Wells, UK
05.22.19 – Islington Assembly Hall – London, UK
05.23.19 – District – Liverpool, UK