Glasgow-based duo der Mist are readying themselves for the next release from their forthcoming self-titled debut album, an intoxicating mix of rock, pop and electronics which looks to propel der Mist into your midst! Dedicated to making music designed to stand the tests of both time and tastes, der Mist are by turn indie, pop, new wave, rock and synth Gods. Their new single is In My Dreams, showing an alt-rock side to the band with some Beck-esque quirkiness and some furious, inventive guitar riffs!
der Mist are Craig McKissick and Ali Whitty, both based in Glasgow, Scotland and armed with the multi-instrumental skills that give the band a sound which makes them as though there are double or triple the band members. Previously in Crash My Model Car (signed to V2 Records) and Augusta Fireball, Ali found Craig through a local charity he set up which looked to help young musicians – this certainly proved to be the case as the pair decided to avoid the trappings of a traditional four-piece and use the combination of their musical and technical skills. Ironically, COVID-lockdowns have proved to galvanise their ethic, avoiding gimmicks and fake mythology and show the real people behind the music and the process of making it through the use of social media and vlogs. From coming up with your band name to the pitfalls of sorting your artwork to exclusive sessions, der Mist lift the lid on every aspect of their lives as real musicians (vegan, teetotal musicians, no less!), leaving their forthcoming album to speak for itself.
der Mist’s debut single, It’s Alright, has already hit radio stations around the world and they’ve wasted no time preparing a follow-up, the edgier, duelling guitar riff-driven stomp of Step into the Light with a brilliant accompanying video due on 5th February. Craig explains the genesis of the track:
‘Step Into The Light comes from a time where we played in a proper rock band and wrote this song with that in mind, layering all the tracks down onto Garageband on my laptop. I remember I mixed it on a pair of Beats headphones and recorded with a USB microphone that I used to drop all the time, it had a signature hissing sound to it, it’s a miracle it even sounded like music, the acoustic from that made it onto the final version. The riff itself actually took inspiration from one of Ali’s tracks on his old Augusta Fireball record, Firelight, it was such a simple riff with a brilliant energy and this was my interpretation of that. It’s a song that’s supposed to be played LOUD, and can duelling, harmonising guitar parts just be cool again? I feel like it’s something that’s been lost. My interpretation is that the verses in the song are like different voices arguing in your head and come from a dark place but the chorus is all about finding mental clarity and silencing them, but really the music does most of the talking in this one I think.’
‘Shooting the video was also a blast, as we wrote this really crude screenplay the night before about these two characters that get possessed by this cyberpunk mask and even after filming it, we were thinking there is no way this going to turn out ok. We turned up at this amazing, abandoned castle to film and it was a health and safety nightmare – during recording people would walk into the castle when they were out on a stroll and we would have to dash back to get our equipment and make sure no one took it while Ali had a pickaxe and a mask on and we were both in suits. People must have been like WTF, it was good fun really. Stuart Breadner, our directorial expert did a great job.’