Winnipeg’s emotive grunge-pop duo Mise en Scene have announced their brand new album Winnipeg, California due out October 9 on Light Organ Records. Alongside the announcement, they’ve shared the video for their new single “Dollar Dreams”.
The band’s laid-back rock n’ roll attitude sits between garage rock chops and dream pop melodies with a gritty, rebellious edge. The 10-song collection is skewered between the grungy Winnipeg and the glamorous California — this is where rock n roll lives.
As for “Dollar Dreams,” it’s a track tinged with sweet reverb-drenched melodies and guitarist/vocalist Stef Johnson’s alluring lyricism, the swooning shoegaze-esque anthem captures the fleeting feeling of being shot in the heart with love at first sight, as if by cupid himself. The accompanying music video is described by the band as a “little love letter” dedicated to their home base of Winnipeg in Manitoba. Speaking on the video Stef says
“I love the juxtaposition between the Hollywood sign and the Garbage Hill sign, it just feels so good to me, those two signs are a perfect reflection of our new album: Hollywood Hills meets garbage dump, glamour sparkle meets grungy grit.” “Dollar Dreams is a fantasy,” Stef says speaking on the track, “it’s about letting your imagination run wild and romanticizing the possibilities of the future… We say “Dollar dreams in Winnipeg, California” right off the bat because we want to make it clear that these moments happen everywhere, just like life happens everywhere. Our fantasies and dreams happen where we are.”
The core duo of guitarist/vocalist Stef Johnson and drummer Jodi Dunlop established a signature sonic foundation with their heralded debut Desire’s Despair and its follow-up Still Life on Fire. Winnipeg, California boasts the purest distillation of Mise en Scene’s undeniable blistering punk prowess, irresistible hooks, rib-rattling guitar, and vocal melodies that range from lush and playful to biting and raw.
Winnipeg, California was produced by Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Arkells) and Dave Genn (54-40, Marianas Trench), whose respective fingerprints add a slick sheen to the band’s gritty swagger. Mise en Scene has turned heads at major international festivals like SXSW, Reeperbahn, The Great Escape, and Primavera Sound and shared stages with acts such as The New Pornographers and Best Coast.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.