QOTSA man Mikey 'Shoes' Shuman tells Gigwise about Turner's contribution to 'Vertigo'
Andrew Trendell

17:31 13th March 2015

Mini Mansions have praised the talents of Arctic Monkeys Alex Turner - revealing that he added a 'Guy Ritchie, thuggish sexy swagger' to their new single 'Vertigo'.

Formed of Queens of the Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman along with Zach Dawes and Tyler Parkford, the stoner rock trio have been performing the huge track with Turner on stage for some months now - but finally shared the official studio recording earlier this week. 

Needless to say fans were delighted to hear Turner back in the saddle for his crooning second verse.

"We thought about a couple of different things, and we were in the studio looking for some kind of different character that hadn't yet been touched on by Tyler or my voice and we actually heard some kind of British-type thuggish kind of voice in the track, on that second verse," Mikey 'Shoes' Shuman told Gigwise.

"Then a year later when we were tracking it, Alex was just coming down to the studio and hanging out. He was hanging out nearby where we were recording and he's a good friend, he was there, it was just the right time with the right person."

He continued:"I always thought it as some kind of character out of a guy Ritchie movie, that's how I always saw that voice coming in. It's a very West Coast hip-hop-influenced song, so we wanted to give it that sense of different dudes coming in and giving it that different verse. Alex has more of like a sexy, swagger that what we were initially going for, which turned out better than anything we could have imagined, really."

Speaking of his relationship with Turner, he added: "I've known him for probably six or seven years. We first met doing a benefit show in LA for a friend of ours and he was doing a couple of songs with Myles for Last Shadow Puppets and I was playing with Queens. Over the last year and a half, the Monkeys took us out on multiple tours in the States and we just became really close.

"They all moved to LA a while ago and he's just one of our drinking buddies and good friends."

Listen to 'Vertigo' by Mini Mansions featuring Alex Turner below

The band are currently on tour with Royal Blood, and will release their debut album The Great Pretenders on 23 March. We're excited. Check back at Gigwise soon for more of our interview with Mini Mansions.

Their remaining tour dates with Royal Blood are below

13 March O2 Brixton Academy London
14 March Rock City Nottingham


Photo: Thanira Rates