If pure sound had the capability to project images on a blank wall, Mini Mansions would be worthy projectionists. On a break from Queens of the Stone Age, Michael Shuman melded heads and locked arms with longtime friends Tyler Parkford and Zach Dawes in a dusty room in the San Fernando Valley. Here, they began a collaborative séance out of which birthed Mini Mansions in January of 2009. Though their triangle is usually confined to piano, bass, and a cocktail drum kit, the LA-based trio generates a Technicolor spectrum of sound drawn from the baroque, gothic, psychedelic, and cinematic realms. Their debut self-titled release curtsies to the past, bows to the present, and foreshadows a progressively more abstract future.
Truth: I fucking hate Queens of the Stonage.
Truth: This band is fucking good.
“Hypnogogia is a neural disorder where the subject experiences a state of temporary paralysis between sleeping and waking states,” Michael Shuman of Mini Mansions tells Spinner. “We all wanted a video to suck up pieces of that same grey zone without being outlandishly surreal, which is what the artist Druid Beat ended up spitting out in many, many colors. Though I don’t remember playing him, I’ll miss the squid monster.” Wake up and dream with the video below.