MM Shorts 684: Susan

MM Shorts 684: Susan

Susan is a three piece band from Los Angeles playing twee-garage-punk-pop.

Drawing on their mutual love of Shop Assistants, The Darling Buds and The Go Betweens they crafted three effervescent, fizzing slices of power-pop that make up their debut 7″ EP Just Call It.

Listen to the whole EP here. Order from Bandcamp here.

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TOY Cover Robert Wyatt

This week there was a powerful and thought-provoking piece on the Guardian Music blog about accessibility to music for people with hearing impairments. Written by Lee Walker it is well worth reading, and goes on to mention TOY’s captioned and subtitled gig (the first time this has happened) at the Islington Assembly Hall which took place on the 24th March.

Robert Wyatt is is the patron of Attitude Is Everything, a charity dedicated to improving venue accessibility for deaf and disabled music fans and this is TOY’s excellent cover of their favourite Wyatt track Free Will And Testament.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

It is the weekend and time for our regular round up of the songs from the past week that are well worth some listening time…

1. Torres – Sprinter
2. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Step Brother City
3. Nai Harvest – All The Time
4. Uniform – Perfect World
5. Shadow Age – Silaluk
6. Fight Like Apes – Pretty Keen On Centerfolds
7. Marshmallow Coast – Hash Out Cash Out
8. Elijah Ocean – Drunk Drummer

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Introducing >>> Beach Baby

Beach Baby are a more than promising four-piece from London (via Athens and Dorset) who met at Goldsmiths College, and started making music inspired by that transition from British New Wave into the slightly more apathetic, US-inspired 90s grunge which followed.

First single Ladybird is is an evocative blend of post-punk and dream-pop and is backed with the sullen moodiness of Bruise, which if anything is even better.

Give them a spin here.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… The Othermen

Mad Mackerel Recommends... The Othermen

The Othermen sound like they should come from a 50s sci-fi series. Instead their new four track EP reveals a garage band par excellence.

Frantic, raw, and visceral. Guitars cut to the bone, while the vocals could shred paint from the walls and the percussion pounds like a jackhammer migraine after a day and night of solid drinking. This is NYC cool with a capital C!

Stream / download (Do The) Stand Still and We Love You here.

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WATERS – What’s Real

Here is the title track to WATERS’ upcoming album What’s Real, which is released on the 7th April.

Frontman Van Pierszalowski describes it pretty succinctly, “The song is meant to represent a simple, almost gospel-esque quest for a new scene. I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve had some shitty friends in the past, and this song is all about ditching them and trading up for some real fucking friends.

Sounds straight forward enough to us. Stream it below.

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New Video: The Tambourines – Another Day

Brazilian-born, London-based duo The Tamborines release their second album Sea of Murmur on 30 March through their own imprint Beat-Mo Records.  Lyrically the record strikes a more emotional chord than its predecessor and serves almost as a snapshot of their relationship coming to an end.

New single Another Day is a perfect combination of sweetly delivered psych-pop that at the same time confronts their relationship on the verge of breakdown and trying to come to terms with its inevitable conclusion.

Watch the video here.

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New Video: False-Heads – Wrap Up

Grungy psych-rockers False-Heads have released the video to their new single Wrap Up (which we previously posted about here).

It is packed with swirled out psychedelics, blossoming flowers and 60s go-go dancers.

It’s quite a sight and the tune’s a crackerjack too.

Watch it here.

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Introducing >>> Sean Gospel

Introducing >>> Sean Gospel

As a founding member of The Gospels as well as independent label Ghoulhouse Records, Sean Gospel is on a rock and roll warpath.

His debut full length, Good Times With Bad Acid is a thrilling garage rock slug-fest. One moment we are in the arms of pure 70s rock grime with songs like Witch and Black Car, and the next, stilled by his haunting falsetto on tracks like Tila Nook.

This is a record that will find obvious favour with fans of The Stooges, Oblivians and Ty Segall, Good Times With Bad Acid is available April 7th on Ghoulhouse Records.

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MM Shorts 681: Los Trasgos Muertos

Los Trasgos Muertos are a psych influenced garage rock band from Manchester, who have just put out their first eponymous EP.

Some of the band also play in Hawker Reunion who have featured previously on MM, albeit with a very different sound! This though is crunchy and raw, proper riff-driven rock ‘n’ roll that is guaranteed to put hairs on your chest – whatever your gender…

Listen to Fire In The Sky here.

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