Although Mike and the Moonpies are currently navigating a packed tour schedule, fans will be excited to see the electrifying five-piece are still finding time to create new music.
During a recent Back Porch Session with Garden & Gun, Mike and the Moonpies performed three unreleased tracks.
The band opened the session with the witty, playful track, ‘Redbird’, which details an unlikely friendship being struck up between a man and a robber. As the thief holds him up at gunpoint, the man reasons with him (“I burned the coffee, but the tea is still cold / So there ain't no reason getting brazen and bold”).
The man goes on to underline that he has a bet riding on the Redbirds to win later that day, and promises to split the winnings between himself and the robber if the bet proves successful.
After a tense game, the Redbirds triumph, and the energetic song concludes with the robber's oddly endearing parting line to his new buddy, “He turned and he said I'll be seeing you soon / Got the Cowboys on Sunday and kick-off's at noon”.
Mike and the Moonpies went on to play two other originals, ‘Anywhere But Here’ and ‘Stubborn Son’. ‘Anywhere But Here’ is a classic ramblin’ man's anthem, while ‘Stubborn Son’ finds the lead-singer, Mike Harmeier, once again flexing his storytelling muscles.
Harmieier outlined that he'd been testing out some songwriting ‘exercises’ recently, and that they had led to the creation of a string of songs that'll feature on the band's next record.
The traditional-leaning Texas group are in the midst of their hugely popular US tour, while they are also gearing up for an 18-city international run of dates throughout April.
As part of this, Mike and the Moonpies will perform across the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland, before returning to the US for a series of shows and festivals.
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