Formed by Scott Fair (guitar/production) and Valentine Caulfield (vocals/lyrics) alongside Liam Stewart (who tours with fellow Mancunian industrialist Lonelady), Mandy, Indiana have attracted media coverage from the Fader, Resident Advisor, Loud & Quiet, the Quietus & more and gained fans amongst the likes of Daniel Avery, Girl Band and Scalping. First meeting a couple of years ago when their respective previous bands shared a bill in Manchester, Caulfield was drawn to the guitarist’s aspirations to write beyond genre, while Fair was instantly taken with the vocalist’s stage presence. Fair creates the group’s sonic environments, drawn from countless hours of an ever-expanding library of home demos and recorded ideas, before passing them onto Caulfield, who pens her lyrics in impulsive reaction and delivers them in her native French. Recorded in a variety of spaces, from rehearsal rooms and home studios to cavernous old industrial mills, halls and other buildings, the result is disparate in nature but connected by an explosiveness - a pyroclastic flow of energy that’s erupted from intense ramped up pressure. “We didn’t really know how the spaces would sound until we actually arrived and started recording and by then it was too late to go ‘oh well this doesn’t work’” Fair says. “But there’s something liberating about embracing the randomness, We could return to them again and it would sound completely different. It’s great to have this moment in time recorded.”
Valentine Caulfield and Scott Fair (guitar/production) met a couple of years ago when their respective previous bands shared a bill in Manchester. Caulfield was drawn to Fair’s aspirations to write beyond genre, while Fair was instantly taken with the singer’s magnetic stage presence and harsh, visceral vocals delivered in her native French. The pair also enlisted Liam Stewart (percussion), a touring musician who’s powerhouse rhythmic presence compliments the pair’s vision—emphasizing raw energy and emotion over meticulous composition to create a singular cathartic experience.
The songs on ‘…’ EP were recorded in a variety of spaces, from rehearsal rooms and home studios to cavernous industrial mills. You can hear it in the recordings: the clattering footsteps, muffled piano and chatter at the end of “Bottle Episode” were taken from the hall outside of one of their recording spaces. Other sounds like a buzzing fluorescent light and the rhythm of a passing train also found their way into the mix.
Mandy, Indiana’s influences are fluid and their lyrics are left intentionally open to interpretation, but the group acknowledge cinematic references alongside musical touchstones. The band’s self-made music videos, influenced by the macabre film-making of Gaspar Noe and Leos Carax, see them carefully stitching together found-footage montages. Every image feels intentional, providing a visual chaos that matches the music’s unpredictability. Mandy, Indiana’s debut EP documents where they’ve been, where they are now, and where they’re going.