Mini Mansions is defined by comparisons. First, to Queens of the Stone Age, because Michael Shuman is a member of both. And while the two bands have little in common musically, it is interesting to think about what this has all been like for Shuman. Queens of the Stone Age headline festivals and get described as seminal, and Mini Mansions just played a show to a semi-engaged crowd of less than fifty at a barbecue restaurant/bowling alley. Not a trajectory most musicians dream about.