Video: Wytches – Robe For Juda

The Wytches have shared their new video for Robe For Juda.

The trio had a £200 budget for the video, so they rented the local town hall in their Peterborough hometown and shot it on a VHS camera with their mates. The results - a kind of middle-school-talent-show-meets-Clockwork-Orange tone somehow works for their raucous and unruly sound, decorated with vivid wordplay and Egyptian-esque harmonic-minor scales.

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Those Mockingbirds – A Ballad From Hell

Those Mockingbirds - A Ballad From Hell

Here are a couple of tracks from Those Mockingbirds who are a rock band consisting of all kinds of sounds like drums, guitars, more guitars, keyboards and violin. At times dirty and heavy, or ambient and unresolved.

A Ballad From Hell is about Ouija boards being used to talk to dead prostitutes while Destroy My Love ploughs a rockier, more anthemic furrow…

Have a listen.

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Round Up Time

Round Up Time Again

Once again it is time to hurl in the lifesaving post of a Round Up, thrown boldly into the rising tide of cracking new tunes that are lapping against the very top of our inbox. Ten bands, thirteen tracks…dip in!

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First up is the raw, take-no-prisoners rock’n’roll of Scary People’s tracks Crush The Bug and Chicago - pure, unadulterated foot-stomping noise.

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Slow Club release their much anticipated new album Complete Surrender in July. The first single from it is the title track, utilizing sweeping strings, a galloping beat and the band’s rich and soaring vocals.

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The wonderful Timber Timbre will release their new album imminently and the insistent groove and disquieting Americana of Curtains?! is a real gem.

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Creepoid is one of our favourite names for a band and their planned Record Store Day release, an EP titled Wet is their debut on Graveface Records. A one sided 12”, it features 4 new songs and a B side etching. Check out the slow burn sonics of Wet Bread.

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The Los Angeles, via Detroit duo The Singles have given us a couple of singles of glammed-up, garage-pop from their upcoming full length Look How Fast A Heart Can Break, that crackle and hum with energy and

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The irrepresible jangling guitars of The Shilohs are showcased perfectly on their new track Palm Readers that comes from their forthcoming self-titled album.

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Fresh from supporting Cate Le Bon on her recent UK tour, Sweden’s Sea Lion is giving away a free download of the haunting Sanna’s Song, a mesmerising, slow-burning ballad built on finger-picked guitar and warm, analogue organ.

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The mighty Ming City Rockers are also back with a new single, the swaggering, primal rock’n’roll of Twist It.

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Powder Blue have just shared their track Run, and have been described as “a perfect storm of psychedelic rock, shoegaze and drone”. We’ll be catching them at the Great Escape in May!

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Lastly we have the spacey, mind melting electronica infused psychedelia of Hypnotized – listen to a couple of suitably sonically adventurous tracks from their new five track EP Telesto.

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The Shamefaced Sparrows – Music For The Thick

Shamefaced Sparrows - Music For The Thick

It is a pleasure to welcome back the twisted, noir-pop of the Shamefaced Sparrows. The marvellously titled Music For The Thick is a new song that channels the spirit of the Cramps through ominous death-march percussion, macabre lyrics and werewolf style howls.

Imagine cruising a 50′s beach boardwalk unstoppably headed towards the end of the world, and accompanied by the Addams Family…

Stream it here.

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New Single From Bridie Jackson And The Arbour

New Single From Bridie Jackson & The Arbour

We have been delighted to see the continuing rise of the excellent Bridie Jackson And The Arbour who first featured on MM in January last year and went on to become the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Winners giving them the opportunity to play the main stage.

The four piece take traditional folk, baroque pop, a dash of southern gothic and even some gospel amongst other things and weave it into a uniquely original mix that is cloaked with a sweetly melancholic air. Dramatic new single We Talked Again may well be the best thing they’ve done to date – certainly fans of the Smoke Fairies, Peggy Sue and First Aid Kit will find much to love here.

Out in April, you can listen below.

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New From Ukiah Drag

New From Ukiah Drag

Last September we ran an “Introducing” post on The Ukiah Drag.

We described their cassette release Jazz Mama Is Cryin as four tracks of brilliantly bleak, desolate, and warped blues and acid-rock – taut, tense, hypnotic and all consuming – like the evil offspring of Giant Sand and the Birthday Party.

Now they have a new 7″ primed for release. The Dirt Trip is the band’s first studio output recorded by Ben Greenberg of The Men and offers two deliciously menacing tracks.  The eponymous A-side wields a heavy creep-beat that cleans your dusty clock and takes you for a bourbon afterwards – self-conceited punk hypnosis.  The B-side consists of their rendition of the Stones/Coasters classic Poison Ivy.

Listen to both below. Pre-order the 7″ here.

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Smoke Fairies – Eclipse Them All

Smoke Fairies - Eclipse Them All

The Smoke Fairies will release their new self-titled album on the 14th April via Full Time Hobby.

As evidenced by first single, Eclipse Them All, it heralds something of a new direction for the duo – less harmonies and more two distinct voices, less intricate and more direct, less organic and more experimental.

Thankfully, they have sacrificed none of the undercurrent of foreboding and disquiet that marked out their two previous albums and while Eclipse Them All may have synths where there were guitars, and float along languidly on an almost drone-like percussion, it is still very much a Smoke Fairies song and we are intrigued to hear the rest of the album.

Have a listen…you can pre-order the album here.

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Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: January 2014

Mad Mackerel's Best Of January 2014 Free Downloads

Our first collection of free downloads from the new year taken from the best of our posts for January. Twenty tracks to tickle your fancy including, as always, a few new ones.

Dig in.

The Woodgrains – Nobody Too
Lysergic folk-rock anchored by three part harmonies and an instinctive feel for classic songwriting.

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The Rebel Set – Monster
Vintage crash and snarl – a teenage rumble in the late night hours.

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Northern American – Record Forever
Effervescent, sun-dappled indie-pop with a hint of darkness.

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Black Manila – Keep Your Head On
Nigh on perfect mix of proto-garage punk, blues and psych rock.

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Girl Band – Lawman
Awesome six minute tribal stomp and slash that sits somewhere between Pissed Jeans, !!!, Butthole Surfers, Shellac and Liars.

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The Pinecones – That’s The Way I Wanna Do It
Classic psych tinged power pop.

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New Electric Ride – Lovers
Heady mix of catchy, lysergic fuelled psych-pop.


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NØMADS - In The Mend
Sonic intensity par excellence.

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Jitterbug Vipers – Stuff it
Vintage, ‘swingadelic’ heady bliss.

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Rainbow Jackson – Nightcrawler
Excellent prickly, edgy indie rock that has echoes of Deer Tick through to Speedy Ortiz.

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Stone Jack Jones – State I’m In
Unsettling, woozy Americana - reflective, languorous and spooky.


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Tacocat – Crimson Wave
Like riding a surf-pop wave of joyous power chords and fluorescent guitars.

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Jimmy Tait – All My Friends
Pleasingly unconventional, somewhat desolate, goth-tinged post-rock.

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Sun Blood Stories – The Mirage Descends
Primal, hypnotic garage rock and soul.

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Champ – Burnt Alive
Grungey punk that is as moody as it is punchy.

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Download TURCHI – Mind’s Eye mp3 (from My Time Ain’t Now EP)
Gem of a cover of Josh Ritter’s Mind’s Eye, all laid back guitars and gravelly vocals.

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And to finish off we have new tracks including free and loose country rock from D. Charles Speer & The Helix, dreamy indie-pop from The Honey Trees, the sludgy riffs of Abattoir Blues, and lastly, some power pop fused with Americana in a southern rock vein from Hillman Lighthouse.

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MM Shorts 510: Jimmy Tait

MM Shorts 510: Jimmy Tait

Contrary to expectations Jimmy Tait is an Australian band, and not a tortured singer-songwriter, who have just released their second album, Golden.

It is going to be well worth checking out if this taster from it is anything to go by. All My Friends is a excellent example of their pleasingly unconventional, somewhat desolate, goth-tinged post-rock that can be grabbed on a pay-what-you-want basis from Bandcamp.

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