Anthony & Catherine Lane met in Plymouth, capital city of roundabouts. Unable to face a life spent going round in circles, they got the hell out of town, stumbled in love, got married and began singing and writing together.
One-time guitarist in a noisy indie band, Anthony shunned a lifetime of tinnitus, and began chasing songs with actual melodies. Former student at the Purcell School of Music, Catherine was chastised for writing her own music - AND not writing it down.
The Mule Affair is their riposte.
"'Everything You Said' from their debut EP was recently played on BBC Radio 6 Tom Robinson Mixtape.
Debut EP due for release in early 2014.
We've had lots of lovely support from the Freshnet team. Thank you guys! And have been played on The Tom Robinson Show, BBC Radio 6.
Alphabet Bands Review:
"Usually when a husband and wife start telling us about all the sweet music they make together, we scrunch our face up like a disgusted teenager, stick our fingers in our ears, yell ‘too much information’ and tell them to get a room. Mercifully our parents tend to keep it to themselves now and thankfully, when Catherine Lane got in touch with us recently to talk about the music she and husband Anthony make as The Mule Affair, she actually meant music.
It’s fantastic music as well; and tricksy too. Debut track “Everything You Said” sounds like a love song, sounds like it should be a love song but isn’t, not really. Not if you look beyond the sweetness, beyond the apparent warm and happy sentiment and let a little chink of darkness in. Leave the door ajar and let the night in for a moment and listen as it creeps out across the song. Just imagine if you got MS MR to write for London Grammar and you’re getting there as a simple and soft piano line is given an ominous edge with just a hint of a lower chord.
Then the beat starts, slow and considered as Catherine’s vocal floats on the night sky like a falling mist, the moonlight breaking through in patches like streetlights as she takes a barefoot walk through the dark woods. Nocturnal predators look on, their eyes shining; crimson on her white dress is a sign of brotherhood, of understanding, of recognition of a common sensibility and they let her be. Calmly she walks away, leaving a distant home, a pristine room, immaculate except for the wilting flowers, discarded and alone except for the pool of red, slowly sliding down from the bed and out across the otherwise obsessively clean marble floor. A deep, rich colour that contrasts the coldness of the room; stark and cruel. An arm hangs limp from atop the bed, the colour slowly draining til it too becomes grey and insipid.
Yes, “Everything You Said” sounds like it should be a love song, and it is beautiful and enchanting, but love hurts and this song is a killer."
Alphabet Bands, http://alphabetbands.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/listen-the-mule-affair-everything-you-said/
“Anthony and Catherine of The Mule Affair are happily married and it shows. The music they make demonstrates how in tune with each other they are, Catherine’s delicate vocals backed perfectly by whrling organs and simple beats. With a debut EP planned for next year, ‘Everything You Said’ is just a preview of what’s to come from the couple but as a starting point it’s grandiose and stunningly beautiful in equal measure.”
— Chris Chadwick, Fresh Faves - Fresh On The Net
Anthony's influences: Rufus Wainwright, John Grant, Tom Waits, Neil Finn, Radiohead, Paul Simon, Philiip Glass. Catherine's influences: Neil Finn, KD Lang, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Squeeze, Radiohead, Ben Howard, Steve Reich, Massive Attack, Philip Glass, Rebelski.