New Video: La Bete Blooms – Stay Away

Post-punk five-piece La Bete Blooms have released a free download of their latest single Stay Away and a striking collage video of guitars, teeth and blood, filmed at one of the Hull band’s favourite hangouts, Früit.

It is the third and final single to be taken from the group’s debut self-titled EP, a barrage of guitar feedback, distorted bass and snarling vocals, reminiscent of the likes of Deerhunter and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

Watch it. Download it.



The American Spirit Debut Album

The American Spirit Debut Album

The American Spirit are a three-piece making the kind of thoughtful folk rock that fans of My Morning Jacket or Father John Misty might recognize. If there’s one thing their debut album, the enigmatically titled Season of Violence or Mourning, Protest, & Birth of Bishop Killborne, can be called, it’s diverse. Often shifting from dreamy, lackadaisical, free-roaming jaunts to fuzz-laden indie anthems to good ole’ folk ballads and everything in between.

The record is based on the processing of the recent suicides of two of singer/guitarist Gabriel Strycharz’s close friends. Themes of mourning and protest surfaced while trying to understand where the victims were and how it affected those who knew them. An emphasis on atmosphere and ambience makes it a spatially resonant album, definitely recommended for a listen with the biggest headphones you can find.

Download Wait For The Night below. The album is available February 24th via independent release.

Download The American Spirit – Wait For The Night mp3 (from Season of Violence or Mourning, Protest, & Birth of Bishop Killborne)


Introducing >>> American Culture

Anthemic and noisy.

Pop racket.

American Culture live out in the desert near four corners (where Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico meet.) There are no other bands there. No other references. They really like Guided By Voices, Jesus and Mary Chain and Dinosaur Jr. And also powerpop bands like The Soft Boys, The Shoes and The Records.

They don’t really want the world to know who they are personally. Just as a band. Just the music.

Check out Actual Alien from their debut ten track album Pure American Gum.


MM Shorts 656: …And The Hangnails

York duo …And The Hangnails have announced the release of their next single Everybody’s Luck on the 9th March, along with a series of new live dates to kick off the year.

The two-piece formed back in 2011 with a DIY punk ethos and frenetic approach to both their live shows and releases, their debut album No Time For Naysayers was written and recorded in four days, entirely on dictaphone, and released before their first ever live performance as support to The Computers.

Have a listen.


Live Dates

30 Jan – LONDON – The George Tavern
31 Jan – YORK – Dusk
27 Feb – NEWCASTLE – House party
06 Mar – LONDON – The Garage
13 Mar – YORK – Fibbers
27 May – HULL – Adelphi
03 Apr – SOWERBY BRIDGE – Puzzle Hall
04 Apr – LEEDS – Carpe Diem

Torres Announces New Album Sprinter

Torres - Strange Hellos

Back in 2013, seeing Mackenzie Scott, otherwise known as Torres perform in the back room of a tiny bar at SXSW was a genuine, spine-tingling delight. Now, after the success of the fractured, disconnected Americana of her self-titled debut album of the same year, she is back with a new record, Sprinter, which will be out on Partisan Records in May.

Treading a surefooted path between the minimally sparse and noisy extremes, she describes Splinter as a “space cowboy” record, citing inspirations as diverse as Nirvana and Funkadelic, Ray Bradbury and Joan Didion. “I wanted something that very clearly stemmed from my Southern conservative roots but that sounded futuristic and space-y at the same time.”

While we wait for that, the first taste comes in the shape of the aggressive, bitter rage of Strange Hellos and its visceral, bloodcurdling screams…And she’ll be playing the always wonderful End of the Road festival in early September.


New Calexico Album – Edge Of The Sun

Calexico have announced a new album, Edge of the Sun, their first studio release since Algiers in 2012. It is a collaborative affair with contributions from Sam Beam aka Iron & Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from DeVotchka, Neko Case and plenty more.

The first taste is the jaunty, latin tinged Cumbia de Donde.

Have a listen. The album is out in April.