Mic City Sons

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Mic City Sons
Studio album by Heatmiser
Released October 29, 1996
Genre Indie rock
Heatmiser chronology
Cop and Speeder
(1994)
Mic City Sons
(1996)

Mic City Sons is the third and final album by American indie rock band Heatmiser, released on October 29, 1996 through record label Caroline.

Background[edit]

Mic City Sons is the band's only recording for a major label. However, when individuals at Virgin Records learned the band might be on the verge of disbanding, the album was subsequently licensed for release through the smaller sister independent label Caroline Records (also an EMI subsidiary) and their independent distributor of the same name.

The title of the album is taken from a line in the ninth track, "Pop in G".

On the album's style, AllMusic noted "a decidedly more pop feel than its predecessors".[1]

Release[edit]

Mic City Sons was released on October 29, 1996 through Virgin Records sub-label Caroline.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
CMJ New Music Monthly neutral[3]
Pitchfork 7.9/10[4]

AllMusic called the album "an outstanding collection of diverse and invigorating tracks". Tracks "Pop in G" and "See You Later" were called "two of the best indie rock songs of the '90s".[1] The website finished by saying "Despite the success Heatmiser's members have achieved since their disbanding, it's unfortunate that this collective decided to split up just when they had reached such a creative peak."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Get Lucky"   Elliott Smith 2:50
2. "Plainclothes Man"   Smith 3:28
3. "Low-Flying Jets"   Neil Gust 2:50
4. "Rest My Head Against the Wall"   Gust 3:31
5. "The Fix Is In"   Smith 4:38
6. "Eagle Eye"   Gust 2:18
7. "Cruel Reminder"   Gust 2:41
8. "You Gotta Move"   Smith 2:08
9. "Pop in G"   Gust 3:18
10. "Blue Highway"   Gust 2:48
11. "See You Later"   Smith 3:43
12. "Half Right" (hidden track) Smith 4:22

Note: Smith's official website notes that the promotional copies incorrectly attributed "Pop in G" to Smith when it was written by Gust.[5]

Personnel[edit]

Heatmiser
Additional personnel
  • Aaron Day – additional vocals ("Get Lucky")
  • Sean Croghan – backing vocals ("Cruel Reminder")
Technical
  • Rob Schnapf – mixing (all except tracks 4 and 12)
  • Tom Rothrock – mixing (all except tracks 4 and 12)
  • Steve Marcussen – mastering
  • Storm Tharp – sleeve photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Frey, Michael. "Mic City Sons – Heatmiser: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards: AllMusic". AllMusic. AllRovi. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Just Out". CMJ New Music Monthly. November 1996. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ Stegall, Tim (January 1997). "Best New Music (The Five Best Releases This Month)". CMJ New Music Monthly: 13. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ Schreiber, Ryan. "Heatmiser: Mic City Sons: Pitchfork Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sweet Adeline | Cop and Speeder". Sweet Adeline. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 

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