Whatever mood you’re in, MiC LOWRY fit the bill.
And their latest single, ‘Don’t Tempt Me’ certainly puts you in one.
A gloriously soulful slice of soft funk blending with angelic harmonies, the Scousers show off their naughty side in smooth lyricism that captures that indescribably good moment of seduction. Drawing from the golden age of RnB and curving their rhythm around gentle side-steps, these boys have crafted a stripped-back hip-hop song that could slide its way onto any luscious playlist and instantly feel at home.
Lifted from their forthcoming EP, appropriately named Mood, MiC LOWRY have channelled the emotions that they’ve gathered from a year of globe-trotting and all of its affections and desires. With their hearts still heavily placed at home, the stardom of LA has rubbed off on the soaring harmonies and the night-time lifestyle of suave cities.
Documented perfectly on Instagram, MiC Lowry talk us through their highlights.
“Love this shot of us in Times Square, captured by Esco. We like the way Michael is just staring up in awe at the billboards! You find yourself constantly doing that when you walk the streets of New York though, it’s so overwhelming. We had a busy few days here. We made appearances on the Wendy Williams and Today Show, before playing our own sold out gig at SOB’s. This was our first headline show in the states so to get to play at such a famous venue was amazing, so many legends have graced that stage.”
“After touring with Bieber, we then headed out on our own headline tour. One of the biggest shows was at KOKO in London (1400 cap.) and it was a vibe! Obviously we had played to much larger audiences on the Purpose Tour, but it’s a totally different feeling when it’s your own show. Knowing that all those people had bought tickets just to come and see us was an incredible feeling. You can see people singing along with every word and you just have this amazing connection with the crowd. Feel like this image by Esco Williams really captures the moment.”
“Our first trip to LA. We flew out there for a couple of weeks at the start of the year to do some writing sessions.
Got to work with some incredibly talented people: Stereotypes, Harmony Samuels, Babyface, just to name a few. A lot of the tracks which feature on our EP were written here. This picture was actually taken on the first day we arrived. We went on a hike up to the sign and got someone to take this picture on one of our phones. So not the greatest photography in the world but this picture is a sick memory of ours. It was crazy to think that 5 lads from Liverpool had made it all the way to the Hollywood Hills.”
“Last year we supported Justin Bieber on the European leg of his Purpose World Tour. It was such a crazy experience and one of the highlights of our career so far, so of course we had to include a picture from the tour. This particular shot is from one of the shows at the Manchester Arena. Seeing as we’re all Liverpool boys and Manchester is our neighbouring city, this show felt like a homecoming. We had lots of proud friends and family come to see us as well so it was really special. Also love the fisheye lens used by our photographer Callum Mills on this shot, gives you a real sense of how huge the crowd was!”
“The EP artwork for our new project, “MOOD”. The idea for the image was actually inspired by an iconic Beatles picture where they’re all drinking from tea cups. Being a Liverpool band, we’re always linked with the Fab Four and we felt like this alluded well to our Scouse/British heritage. We were also trying to hint at the popular Kermit the Frog, “sips tea” meme which people often use to express their “mood” in awkward situations. I think the bold, white text and our black clothes really pop against the buttercup backdrop and make the image very eye catching. Photographer Jordan Green did an amazing job snapping this, feels like he’s managed to capture all our different personalities in one shot. We try to be as natural and relaxed as possible when we’re taking pictures, that’s the best way to let your character shine through.”
Words by Tanyel Gumushan