Mirrors (Ohio band)

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Mirrors
Origin Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Genres Rock, proto-punk, punk rock, art punk
Years active 1973 (1973)–1975 (1975), 1986 (1986)–1988 (1988), 2013 (2013)–2014 (2014)
Labels Heathen, Resonance,Overground Records, ROIR, Violent Times
Associated acts the Electric Eels, Rocket from the Tombs, Pere Ubu, the Styrenes, Easter Monkeys
Past members Jamie Klimek
Jim Crook
Mike Weldon
Craig Bell
Jim Jones
Paul Marotta

Mirrors (a.k.a. the Mirrors) were a rock band from Cleveland, Ohio originally active 1973 - 1975, although some accounts indicate they formed as early as 1971 or 1972.[1][2] Their sound has been described as "psychedelic garage" and "proto-punk".[1][3] In his review of a 2009 LP of their 1970's material for Mother Jones former Maximumrocknroll editor Mark Murrmann described them as "not as bent as the Electric Eels...nor as throttling as Rocket from the Tombs."[3] The band's founder, Jaime Klimek, who sang and played guitar, said they "were ferociously loud."[4] The other members were Jim Crook, guitar, Mike Weldon (who started Psychotronic Video magazine in 1980) drums and a succession of bassists first Craig Bell (later of Rocket from the Tombs) followed briefly by Paul Marotta who soon switched to keyboards (and played with the electric eels), then Jim Jones (who later played guitar in Pere Ubu), then Bell again and finally Jones again.[1] In some of their recordings Jones played drums.[5] They played original songs and covers originally by the Velvet Underground, the Kinks, the Troggs and Brian Eno among others.[1][4] After they broke up Klimek, Jones, Marotta, other former members of the electric eels and Anton Fier formed the Styrenes.[1] In 2013 and 2014 Klimek, Crook, Bell and other musicians played some reunion shows in Cleveland.[6]

Their only release when the band existed was a 7" single on Heathen Records "Shirley" b/w "She Smiled Wild."[1] 1986 - 8 the original line up produced by Marotta recorded the album Another Nail in the Coffin which only saw limited release in 1989 before the Dutch record label went bankrupt.[1][7] In 1997 Scat Records released Those Were Different Times: Cleveland 1972-1976 a CD with songs by Mirrors, the electric eels and the Sytrenes.[5] In 2001 Mirrors put out Hands in My Pockets a 19 song CD of material they had recorded in the 1970s. Mostly made up of studio tracks it also included some home recordings and live material.[8] In 2004 ROIR released Another Nail in the {Remodeled} Coffin a reissue of the 1989 album plus a second CD with demos, live tracks and alternate takes.[8] In 2009 Violent Times Records issued Something That Would Never Do a limited edition LP of previously released songs recorded 1974 - 75.[8]

Discography[edit]

  • "Shirley" b/w "She Smiled Wild", 7" single (1975) Heathen Records
  • Another Nail in the Coffin, LP (1989) Resonance (Neth.)
  • Those Were Different Times: Cleveland 1972-1976, compilation CD (1997 archival) Scat
  • Hands in My Pockets, CD (2001, archival 1970's) Overground Records (UK)
  • Another Nail in the {Remodeled} Coffin, 2x CD (2004, archival) ROIR
  • Something That Would Never Do, LP (2009, archival 1970's) Violent Times
  • "Slow Down" 1974 Mirrors track on Craig Bell's archival LP, "aka Darwin Layne" ever/never Records (2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Mirrors: Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ Murrmann, Mark (June 19, 2009). "Music: Mirrors, Something That Would Never Do". Mother Jones. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Kaufman, Gil (May 26, 1997). "Early Cleveland Punk Surfaces". MTV. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Klimek, Jaime. "Mirros Liner Notes". Scat Records. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Those Were Different Times: Cleveland 1972-1976". Discogs. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ Petkovic, John (January 23, 2014). "Cleveland rock pioneers Mirrors are bigger than ever and back in action Saturday at Beachland Ballroom". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Another Nail In The Coffin". Discogs. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c Anderson, Rick. "Another Nail in the Remodeled Coffin". AllMusic. Retrieved October 13, 2016.