Pictured outside Ardent Studios in Memphis are (L-R) Admirers’s co-producer John Hampton, artist Mikey James, and recording engineer/mixer Adam Hill. Photo by Jonathan Pekar.
Memphis, TN (July 18, 2013)-Admirers, the brainchild of conceptualist musician Mikey James, has signed with the Ardent Music label, based at Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN.
The resulting album, “Involuntary Memory,” captures James combining shades of glam, disco, Britpop, New Jack Swing, EDM, house, post-punk and lo-fi indie rock.
James first came to recognition as the drummer in the group Longwave during their peak of popularity and critical buzz, from late 2001 to early 2004, when the band was often associated with the Strokes because both bands shared a manager and toured together just as a buzz started to percolate. James was asked to join Longwave by bandleader Steve Schiltz, a friend since high school.
Prior to joining Longwave, James had amassed a large body of his own distinctive material. James has led and fronted several solo-driven acts before and after Longwave, including The Mercies and Mikey Jukebox, both of which have charted on indie charts and had songs featured on hit TV shows, including “Gossip Girl,” “New Girl,” “Ben & Kate,” “Traffic Light,” “The Lying Game,” and the film “The Secret Life of Dorks.”
For “Involuntary Memory,” James recorded with co-producer John Hampton and recording engineer Adam Hill at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis.
Hear “Spirit Lamp,” the first single off the debut Admirers album, “Involuntary Memory”