With a winter that feels like summer up here in Queensland, 5-piece band The Jim Mitchells have made it extra sunny with the release of their new single “Ankle Deep”. The track is accompanied by a whimsical music video, which was directed and features Mr. Jim Mitchell himself.
The Sydney-based ensemble is the creative project of the talented man aforementioned; and quickly became noted for their electric live performances after the 2016 release of EP “Planet Absorbed”.
“Ankle Deep” extends on the band’s colourful garage clamour, and sprinkles an alt-pop development into the mix. It keeps true to the unrestrained essence of The Jim Mitchells, but is streamlined with better production and undulating melodic aspects.
The song begins with a harmonious “aaaaAHHHHhhhhh”, like a sunrise to inaugurate the rest of the punchy track; which is actually about the monkey-brained chaos that comes with the idea of committing to someone or something. Beatle-esque vocals burn through the entirety of the song, with the repetition of lyric “you’ve got one foot in the water” being the cathartic remedy to that familiar anxiety we’ve all been faced with (or will encounter, sorry).
Their good friend and videographer, Ed Triglone, shot the quirky music video through the Royal National Park in Sydney. The beautiful landscape serves as the perfect backdrop for a story of one man and his quest for love. The protagonist (played by Thomas Austin), actively pursues his romantic interest (a discarded mannequin); by taking her on many outings like country drives, boat rides and candle-lit dinners.
For the most part, she is unresponsive to any amorous gesture (she is a mannequin after all), until the last dying seconds of the clip. Her plastic-eyed glare turns to face her suitor, and a feminine hand reaches out to finally reciprocate.
The familiar retail-shop-front-warrior can be more expressive than some human experiences of “romance”.
All in all, the comical video truly encapsulates the creative and humorous nature of Jim Mitchell.
Having supporting the likes of Dope Lemon, Mt. Mountain, and The Ruminaters, the band is no doubt looking forward to a busy second half of 2017, especially after the release of this strong single. No dates have been finalised, but they hope to tour around early December.
For now, mellow in the twangsome wonder of “Ankle Deep”.
“Think old school rock/garage meets todays era of rock'n'roll and you're on a winner with The Jim Mitchells”
“Not only do The Jim Mitchells sound completely unhindered…they sound like they’re having a fucking good time”
Written by - Claire Dalton