Mister Heavenly is a super group comprised of Honus Honus/Ryan Kattner (Man Man), Nicholas Thorburn (Islands) and Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse). And to make things better, the fabulous Michael Cera accompanies them as a touring bassist. With names like these forming this unlikely union, one cannot expect anything less than awesome.
They recently released their first two tracks: the eponymous “Mister Heavenly” and “Pineapple Girl”. Their debut album, Out of Love, is set to be released August 16, 2011 via Sub Pop.
The songs are sharp and powerful, with fun and eccentric lyrics. Take “Pineapple Girl”, for example: the song was inspired on the odd pen-pal relationship between Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega and a 10 year old girl from Michigan. “I’ve heard your evil and I’ve heard your wicked, that you do bad things that would frighten children”.
Nick and Ryan’s distinctly different vocals engage in a tug of war of sorts, yet manage to complement each other perfectly, making each song that much more interesting. The powerful hooks, the absurd and violent lyrics paired with doo-wop harmonies comfortably nestled in the background might be enough to give you pause. And yet, everything somehow works beautifully. And leaves you wanting more.
Check out their tour dates below:
18 — Portland, Ore. @ Branx
19 — Vancouver, British Columbia @ The Bilmore Cabaret
20 — Seattle, Wash. @ Chop Suey
22 — San Francisco, Calif @ The Independent
24 — Salt Lake City, Utah @ Kilby Court
25 — Denver, Colo. @ Hi-Dive
26 — Omaha, Neb. @ Toyota Antics Block Party
27 — Lawrence, Kan. @ The Bottleneck
28 — Norman, Okla. @ Opolis
29 — Denton, Texas @ Hailey’s
30 — Austin, Texas @ Mohawk
1 — Phoenix, Ariz. @ Rhythm Room
2 — San Diego, Calif. @ Bar Pink
3 — Los Angeles, Calif. @ FYF Festival