Mad Mackerel Recommends… The Deer Run Drifters

Mad Mackerel Recommends... The Deer Run Drifters

With one half of the band influenced by the sounds and lyrics of Alt-Country, and the other half deeply rooted in a more modern folk, The Deer Run Drifters have quickly carved themselves out a perfect spot in Americana music.

Their latest album Restless Youth continues what the band is known for: themes of life, heartbreak, and of course drunken mishaps.  Utilising their trademark weathered and often heartbreaking lyrics fused with a “high and lonesome” twang to draw listeners in, there’s desperation in vocalist Chris Link’s voice that’s both alluring and bleeds honesty.

Give the title track a spin.

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Video: Fraser A. Gorman – Shiny Gun

With his beautifully offbeat, gloriously sun-baked debut LP Slow Gum hurtling our way just in time for summer, rapidly ascendant Australian troubadour Fraser A. Gorman has shared new single Shiny Gun.

Distilling the best elements of folk, blues and vintage Americana, with Shiny Gun Gorman delivers a warmly rousing anthem in waiting. His distinctly oddball wit and wry poetry courses through the song’s veins, culminating in a chorus that’s as heart-tugging as it’s uplifting.

Watch the brilliant video, which features label mate and close friend Courtney Barnett as a disaffected news anchorwoman, here:

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Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Nine new, and excellent, songs from the past seven days neatly packaged for your listening pleasure.

1. Jeffrey Lewis – Train Song
2. The Sandwitches – Our Toast
3. Ultimate Painting – Break The Chain
4. John Vanderslice – Midnight Blue
5. Destroyer – Dream Lover
6. Heather Woods Broderick – Wyoming
7. DRINKS – Hermits On Holiday
8. Spoon – TV Set (Cramps cover)
9. Nots – Virgin Mary

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MM Shorts 714: Eastbound Jesus

Eastbound Jesus have announced details for their third studio album, Hollerin’ that sees a release on the 30th May.

A unique hybrid of rock, country and bluegrass, the album is an authentic ode to life in rural Upstate New York through all its changing seasons. Check out the first single, Keep On Hollerin’ below.

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MM’s 5:1 Interview No 17: Torres

Mad Mackerel 5:1 Young Knives

Back in 2013, my last trip to SXSW, I wandered into a venue to see Night Beds and exited having been completely transfixed by singer Mackenzie Scott (aka Torres) and her band. From then on tracks like Honey and Waterfall became much loved secret treasures – intense and intimate, they were songs I didn’t want to share, but rather to immerse myself in as the ultimate solitary mood music.

torresEarlier this month Torres released Sprinter, her outstanding second album to almost universal acclaim. Just yesterday the Guardian review I read called it “astonishing, unsettling and beautiful“, and so it is all of those things, and much more besides.

Mostly I am delighted because I want as many people as possible to have the chance to become as entranced as I was by these wonderfully personal songs, sometimes melancholy, sometimes uncomfortable, but always moving and always wonderfully captivating. She has a rare talent as a songwriter, yet there is a tiny, selfish part of me that doesn’t want to share, doesn’t want to concede the genie is out of the box and that others can have these songs as their own just like I have.

Nevertheless, we were delighted when Mackenzie agreed to take part in our 5:1 interview series. Read on and enjoy, and order your copy of Sprinter here.

Five words to describe your music:
Music
Transcends
Limitations
Of
Language

One book you’d recommend to an alien:
Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. Ultra-meta! Aliens reading an earthling’s imagining of earthlings from the perspective of aliens.

Five bands (or albums) that have most influenced you?
Nirvana–In Utero
Tori Amos–Under the Pink
Brandi Carlile–The Story
David Bazan–Strange Negotiations
Johnny Cash–At Folsom Prison

One moment in time you’d like to have witnessed:
The parting of the Red Sea.

torres portraitFive people (living or dead) you’d love to share a stage-jam with:
Patti Smith
Johnny Cash
Nick Cave
Taylor Swift
Sharon Van Etten

One biggest regret in your career (to date):
No regrets, ever.

Five things on your perfect rider:
Cuddle kitten
Cuddle puppy
Bergamot candles
Dairy-free berry pie
A book to read and keep

One hour to live – who would you spend it with, and why?
My parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, and my cat, Little Bat. Family is everything.

Five perfect songs:
Best 80’s pop melodies:
1. Once in a Lifetime–Talking Heads
2. Seven Wonders–Fleetwood Mac
3. Take on Me–A-ha
4. Madonna–Like a Prayer
5. Love Song–The Cure

One song of yours that you’d most like to be played in 50 years time:
The Exchange.

Our very grateful thanks to Mackenzie for taking the time to answer the MM questions.

You can check out some of our other 5:1 Interviews in the side bar too.

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Eleven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our weekly round up for you of some of the best songs shared in the past seven days…

1. Barna Howard – Bitter Side Of Blue
2. Theo Verney – Brain Disease
3. Spray Paint – Country Singer
4. The Wooden Sky – Our Hearts Were Young
5. Jacco Gardner – Find Yourself
6. White Reaper – I Don’t Think She Cares
7. Telegram – Aeons
8. Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles – Holy Rollers
9. Heartless Bastards – Gates Of Dawn
10. Sea Of Bees – Test Yourself
11. Mac DeMarco – The Way You’d Love Her

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New Single From The Deadline Shakes

New Single From The Deadline Shakes

Phonecalls In The Bath is the new single from Deadline Shakes, out on the 28th June via Flowers In The Dustbin records.

It starts as sweetly yearning, meandering indie-folk before shaking off the shackles half way through and galloping into country-tinged power-pop territory with infectious harmonies that nod to Phil Spector and the Beach Boys.

Pretty sure you won’t hear anything more charming or smarter today…Pre-order via Bandcamp here.

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Sharon Van Etten – Just Like Blood
2. Kid Wave – Best Friend
3. Ducktails – Headbanging In The Mirror
4. Giant Sand – Transponder
5. Moses Sumney – Seeds
6. Jason Isbell – 24 Frames
7. Kenny Knight – America

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New Album From Samantha Crain

New Album From Samantha Crain

Samantha Crain justifiably received much acclaim for last year’s excellent Kid Face album and will release the follow-up Under Branch & Thorn & Tree via Full Time Hobby on the 17th July.

As with previous releases, her smoky, sultry voice is a distinctive joy, set further apart from the norm with her use of jazz style vocal phrasing. The album is a sombre one with darkness tugging at its edges, but lifted by the striking arrangements that bring unexpected flashes of illumination and expansiveness to even the blackest of scenarios.

The first track from it is the exquisite Outside The Pale – have a listen below. You can pre-order the album here.

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