Artist: Mike & The Mechanics
Title: “Don’t Know What Came Over Me” (Single)
Label: BMG Music
Release Date: 2/28/2017
In my never-ending quest to keep you apprised of interesting music, I am veering off the normal course with this one and sharing views on the lead single from the forthcoming album by Mike + The Mechanics. Though I’ve discussed some Genesis in the past (which was the band that Mike Rutherford was most famously known for being a member of), I’ve never addressed MATM here at all. Historically speaking, I was of course well-aware of the band since their songs were played quite a bit when their debut and sophomore albums hit. Depending on your vintage, you will likely recall tracks such as “Silent Running”, “All I Need Is A Miracle” and my favorite of them all “Living Years”. The bands forthcoming album is called “Let It Fly” and the lead single the world is getting comes with “Don’t Know What Came Over Me” and here are some thoughts about it.
Before I get into this one I should cite that for the most part, the band is working with a revamped lineup that features Rutherford and Wallis as the longest standing members with Anthony Drennan, Tim Howar, Luke Juby and Andrew Roachford as the “newer” names. The tempo of the single is much slower than I had anticipated but at the end of the day MATM were more focused on a softer more contemporary Rock than others of their tenure of the time. Lyrically speaking, it plays to me like someone who is reflecting on some bad decisions or actions that were taken in their lives and now they are coming to terms with the outcome from them. Hey, we’ve all been there at one or more points in life and its just the way that the dice roll. The vocals of Howar and Roachford work together nicely on this one and I’m sure they make the late Paul Young smile in that great musical beyond. Overall the track is pleasant and tells a solid story. While its not something I normally take to as a listener nowadays, I’d be interested in hearing the full “Let It Fly” album when it hits the racks in April. If you were ever a fan of the band I hope that you will continue to rally behind them as they bring their sound to the next generation.
1. Don’t Know What Came Over Me
Official Website: http://www.mikeandthemechanics.com