Video Premiere: Trance Farmers – Garbage Night

We’re not usually ones for premieres and all that stuff, but when the song is this good then we can sometimes be persuaded to rouse our lazy carcass off the sofa and head for the keyboard.

Trance Farmers (great name) specialise in psychobilly blues. Six track release Garbage Night is out April 28 on LEAVING Records with Stones Throw. You can also buy from Bandcamp here.

Watch the video for the title track, a fluorescent, garish animation with a slight Monty Python feel that fits this blast of unstoppable, distorted proto-garage punk perfectly. It’s like having a feral dog snapping at your genitals whilst an Elvis lookalike stomps on your face – and that in musical terms is a very good thing indeed.

Absolutely love this. Watch the video. Watch it again. Go mental.

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Introducing >>> Ranchus

Introducing >>> Ranchus

Ranchus is a four piece indie rock band from the Faroe Islands, formed more or less by accident in the fall of 2013.

Rather bizarrely named after the king of goldfish, Ranchus still seems to be a fitting name for a band hailing from a fisher-nation. Their sound ranges from raw, slightly lo-fi angular rock to something softer and more melancholic – imagine something between The Violent Femmes and the Chameleons.

Their debut album is titled Feeling Like A Caged Lion Pacing Behind One Way Glass. Take a listen to a couple of tracks from it below; the propulsive, dynamic Cuz Of U, and the brooding, ominous post-punk of Promises.

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MM Shorts 702: The Presolar Sands

Like moonshine made from intrusive pop decadence and dark distant echoes from space, Stockholm’s Presolar Sands draw their influences from bands like The Stooges, Spacemen 3, Asteroid #4, to name a few.

The band have released a digital single called Voodoo Ritual, on the newly started label Lazy Octopus.

It is six minutes of pulsating psych-groove – get your freak on…

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Roadkill Ghost Choir Covers EP

Roadkill Ghost Choir have put together a four track cover EP of some 80s classics. Chief among them is a brilliantly squally, garage-rockin’ version of Dire Straits’ Walk Of Life.

Stream it below together with EP closer, Don Henley’s Boys Of Summer, an altogether more sedate take on the bittersweet original.

Out on the road today, I saw a DEADHEAD sticker on a Cadillac
A little voice inside my head said, “Don’t look back. You can never look back

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Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Another day, another week, another collection of ten excellent tunes from the past seven days collected for your listening pleasure and gratification.

1. Torres – Cowboy Guilt
2. Creepoid – Dried Out
3. Loop – Precession
4. Sweet Spirit & Britt Daniel – Have Mercy
5. Left Lane Cruiser – Tres Borrachos
6. Little Wings – Where
7. Thee Oh Sees – Withered Hand
8. PINS – Young Girls
9. Courtney Barnett – Close Watch (John Cale cover)
10. Father John Misty – Never Been A Woman

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The Cerny Brothers – Sleeping Giant

Sleeping Giant (out May 12th) is the upcoming album from Americana/folk band The Cerny Brothers. 

The record signifies a new direction for the band, as the music has turned from an acoustic, folk element to a more electric, American rock sound while still keeping the folk spirit from their earlier work. The songs deal with becoming a man and finding identity in a constantly changing world, and realizing that we all have a sleeping giant inside of us waiting to be set free.

Listen to album opener Porch Lights.

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MM Shorts 701: Total Babes

It has been nearly four years since we posted about Total Babes, who were formed in Medina, Ohio, by Jayson Gerycz of Cloud Nothings and his friend Christopher Brown as an outlet for pop songs that could not be played in their noise-rock band Swindlella.

Now their sophomore album, Heydays, is set for release on May 18th through Wichita Recordings worldwide.

Blurred Time is the most appetising first track from it. Give it a spin.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Barna Howard

Mad Mackerel Recommends... Barna Howard

A short while ago we were sent a digital copy of Barna Howard’s new album Quite A Feelin’ and it has gradually become a constant soundtrack to everything we’ve been doing over the past few days.

It is a country music album in the classic sense – in the Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt sense. Yep, that good!

Eloquent, poetic, heartfelt stories told with warmth and in an easy-going, unhurried style that lets each song unfurl at its own pace like smoke rising from a campfire. And each one a scalpel sharp observation on life, the critical minutiae that add up to the trials and tribulations that trouble us all and drive decisions good and bad.

Have a listen to album opener Indiana Rose below.

Quite A Feelin’ is out on the 18th May in the UK. Pre-order from Loose Music here.

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UK Dates:
13 May – Rough Trade West, London
14 May – Servant Jazz Quarter, London
17 May – Wood Festival, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire