Listen to a Brit-flavored new track from Hymn For Her side project The Mix Tapes

New band was created to “not make us feel as if we sold our souls to the great bar mitzvah devil.”


The Hymn For Her camp finally has a No. 1 album, sort of.

It’s called #1 (or “hashtag one” if you were born in the 21st century), and it’s the result of sonic canoodling with Justin Kaiser from Sarasota rock n' roll outfit Go Man. Born of a desire to play less “Margaritaville” and “Sweet Home Alabama,” the Mix Tapes originally covered British Invasion rock before injecting their own love of Lou Reed, Fats Domino, and Harry Nilsson into the mix.

“I think we all naturally write catchy tunes. We have a lot in common, but our individual approaches are slightly different,” the band stated in a press release. “It usually comes out stronger by the time everyone adds their own little mojo to it.”

The results have been well received and earned them a slew of new fans at this year’s edition of Tropical Heatwave, not to mention catching the ear of AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, who randomly caught a show and told The Mix Tapes that their set was “the most entertained he’d been since The Beatles died.”

Recorded in over a week in a living room, #1 reeks a love of '60s pop and the give-a-fuck-less attitude that the band was founded on. You can listen to a sketchy Russian (and probably illegal) stream of the Kinks, Cheap Trick, and Big Star loving opening track “Cocoanut” by clicking here, and watch a video for “FF/RW” below. Order the LP here, and follow the band on Facebook.



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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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