MIMICO is an interstellar trio formed in Toronto in 2011 comprised of Ben Oginz, Jeremiah Knight, and Nick Kervin. Named for a Toronto suburb, they traffic in an expansive brand of psychedelic, synth driven post-rock. Their forthcoming record, Hi-Action, combines the influences of film music and prog with a homegrown Sci-Fi mysticism.
Produced by Justin Small of the Juno award-winning instrumental band Do Make Say Think, Hi-Action features cameos from violinist Laura C. Bates (Volür) and vocals from Ida Maidstone (Hush Pup). Recorded partly at the legendary, countryside Bathhouse Studio during a sweltering heat wave and later, during a polar vortex in Toronto at Palace Sound, the warm analog sound of Hi-Action features heavy use of Mellotron, vintage synthesizers, and searing guitar tones. Moving from one hazy extreme to the other, Hi-Action travels the zig-zagging trajectory of the band’s sound.
The crushingly heavy space-motorik trio’s live performances have earned them direct support invitations from King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Preoccupations, Do Make Say Think, Protomartyr, and Metz.
Mimico’s Hi-Action will be released worldwide the fall of 2019 via Hand Drawn Dracula.
“Toronto indie rock trio MIMICO brandish a dreamy, synth-driven style of psychedelia that doesn’t quite fit into any pigeonhole in the genre – Holy hell, it’s f-ing great” – SlyVinyl
“While they’re psychedelic tendencies definitely unfold as the song [New Haze] traverses the galaxies, the core musical elements offer up this bopping bounce of dream pop that I can’t help but to encourage you to indulge” – AUSTIN TOWN HALL
“ein ziemliches Meisterwerk geworden ist” – NEØLYD
“[They] play the kind chilly synth wave that sounds best with fog machines and strobes cranked” – BROOKLYN VEGAN
“Mimico are equal parts Krautrock, psychedelia and eerie electronica, all neatly packaged under the name of a west Toronto suburb.” – Carla Gillis
“The space-rock trio Mimico excel at atmosphere. Their droning, gothy post-punk is a fitting soundtrack to just-barely-pre-gentrification Toronto, as their name might suggest. On their new album they’ve kept that psychedelic texture – Do Make Say Think’s Justin Small encouraged them to focus in on the small details of their sound – while stretching the emotion and adding warmer, more organic touches.” – Richard Trapunski
“Combining elements of chugging Krautrock with sludgy hard rock riffing and chilly goth atmospherics for a sound that’s familiar but not derivative…” – Benjamin Boles
/ Tobacco Eyes
/ Common Tar
/ New Haze
01. New Haze
02. Common Tar
04. Tobacco Eyes
05. Star Camouflage / Dark Ammunition
06. Dreams Never Die
HDD072 · RELEASE DATE: October 25, 2019
Composed and performed by MIMICO.
Produced by Justin Small.
Executive Producer : Jeffrey Barber.
Tracks 1, 2, and 4 engineered and mixed by Nyles Spencer at Bathouse Studio, Assisted by Samantha Bidinost.
Tracks 3, 5, and 6 engineered by Chris Sandes at Palace Sound.
All tracks mixed by Justin Small and Ohad Benchetrit.
Additional vocals on tracks 1, 3, and 6 by Ida Maidstone.
Violin on tracks 3 and 6 by Laura C. Bates.
Additional guitars, synthesizer, and effects treatments by Justin Small.
Mastered by Gavin Bradley Gardiner.
Artwork and design by James Mejia.