MM Shorts 613: The Hanged Man

Stockholm’s Rebecka Rolfart’s solo project The Hanged Man promises some aural gems with her creepy, Sonic Youth inflected track First Time Dreaming, which provides a head-trip through space, down a careening oceanic trench and into the dark woods, illuminated only by the stars.

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Terry Malts – Don’t
2. Grass House – All I Have To Do Is Dream (Everly Brothers cover)
3. We Were Promised Jetpacks – I Keep It Composed
4. Vashti Bunyan – Holy Smoke
5. Ming City Rockers – Get Outta Your Head
6. Real Estate – Paper Dolls (Nerves cover)
7. Blood Sister – Paralysis

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The Ukiah Drag – Final Prayer

Ukiah Drag - Final Prayer

The Ukiah Drag probably make perfect bedfellows for our earlier post from The Girl Band.

Their debut long player In The Reaper’s Quarters will drop on the 9th September via Wharf Cat Records, an unholy alliance of drone, pummelling riffs, creepy gothica, and sinful piano that takes in everything from Link Wray to The Fall by way of the Stooges.

We’ve previously posted Her Royal Grip and now we have the eight unforgiving minutes of Final Prayer, a destructive one-way journey to musical ruination.

Marvellous.

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o’death To Release Out Of Hands We Go

o'death To Release Out Of Hands We Go

The marvellous o’death are back with a new album of fiery, gothic-tinged folk and bluegrass that is as authentic as the Appalachians from which they could be hewn.

Having been away for a couple of years, Out Of Hands We Go brings a wonderfully refreshing contrast to the plethora of faux traditionalists that have sprung up like weeds in their absence. This is intense, spine-tingling stuff, adventurous and bold, that retains at its heart stories of a more personal nature than we’ve ever been exposed to before.

The album is released on Northern Spy Records on the 7th October – you can pre-order it here. Until then, check out the wonderfully unsettling funereal stomp of Wrong Time.

New Bands, New Singles, New Stuff – A Round Up (Pt. 2)

New Songs New Bands New StuffFollowing on from yesterday’s round-up of all things new and shiny in the MM inbox, here is a second instalment for your listening edification.

First up are Philadelphia’s cult indie favourites Literature, who have shared New Jacket, another slice of master-crafted indiepop from their upcoming album, Chorus. Larkin Poe’s sister duo Rebecca and Megan Lovell, are descendants of tortured artist and creative genius Edgar Allen Poe. They celebrate that unique genealogy and their own eccentricities with their debut full-length album, Kin, from which we have the excellent Crown of Fire.

Triptides have a new 7″ single release on offer, A side Clementine is a giddy rush of classic psych-pop jangle, while the new 7″ from The Grand Rapids is heavier, though equally skilfully executed psychedelic rock. Lead track Copper Girl is a tale of obtaining the unobtainable; with hints of The Byrds and The Brian Jonestown Massacre as brawling vocals and 80s post punk dramatics shines amongst the droning wall of guitars, and bright solos burn over the lumbering beats.

Winter In Moscow are a London based four piece indie rock act taking influences from Guided by Voices, Wire, The Wedding Present, and other college/garage rock acts. Their debut EP can be downloaded for free from Bandcamp here, and opening track is the full on driving rocker, The Good Clean Fun Police. Meanwhile, blending shades of blues, soul and roots music, Americana rockers Buffalo Stack have recently released their new single Dangerous.

Spooky Wagons describe themselves as a five piece sunshine-folk-indie-pop band and the good natured, uptempo Seatbelts from debut EP All Again Tomorrow certainly bears out the description and Soft Power, taken from LVL UP’s forthcoming long player Hoodwink’d is a brilliant slice of gritty lo-fi rock drawing on influences from 90s indie rock, 80s new wave and 70s power pop.

LA punks Girl Tears have signed to Captured Tracks’ sister label Sinderlyn. Candy Darling will be their first single for the label. And lastly, we have the brilliant haunting, Southern Gothica of  Adia Victoria’s first-ever single Stuck In The South, an absolute gem.

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New Bands, New Singles, New Stuff – A Round-Up (Pt. 1)

New Songs New Bands New StuffHaving returned from a few sunny days on the coast the in-box has been bulging with new singles, new bands and all manners of new stuff that is well worth sharing.

So dive in and have a listen and we’ll put some more up tomorrow.

San Diego’s Sister Speak’s first single from new album Rise Up For Love is the gritty Americana of Chicago Dream, whilst Wolvves’ offering Home is a stoned surfing-skater-punk classic in waiting.

Philadelphia-based foursome Mumblr are readying their first full-length album, Full of Snakes, due out September 16th via Fleeting Youth Records. The first song from the album is appropriately enough, the pummelling indie rock of Philadelphia. By contrast Helsinki’s Koria Kitten Riot’s Cold Cold Arms bring together pedal steel, country infused guitars and vocal lines to create a charming and alluring sound, that recalls the mellower end of Wilco’s spectrum and even Neil Young.

Passport To Stockholm’s new single Imperfections is a lovely slice of gently pastoral folk-rock, and in a similar vein, but from the other side of the pond, comes Manna Frost Trio’s Show Up Alone, the new single from their upcoming album Overgrowth.

Dead Sexy Sheila who play what they call psychedelic junk rock, take their influences from garage, goth, surf and indie rock and call to mind bands like Thee Oh Sees, Pavement and Gun Club. They are releasing a new single from their upcoming EP, Death Bat Flies Again, simply called Death Bat Flies. The equally exhilerating Menace Beach’s new single is a double A-sided release Tennis Court/Lowtalkin’, you can download the latter, a sub-two minute blast of fuzzed-up noise, below.

Lastly we have the gorgeous pedal steel and 5am woozy, country melancholia of Emma Swift’s Bittersweet which comes from her recently released self-titled debut mini-album (which we are very much looking forward to getting very well acquainted with – buy from Bandcamp here).

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The Growlers Release New Single & Announce UK Dates

The Growlers New Single And UK Tour

Self-describing their music as “Beach Goth”, sunburned and salty, the term perfectly describes The Growlers distinctive melding of reverb heavy surf guitar and Bakersfield-style honky tonk with ‘80s post-punk.

The band have announced details of the release of their new single Good Advice, which is taken from their forthcoming album Chinese Fountain, released through Fat Cat Records on Monday 29th September.

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Additionally, the band have announced a headline UK tour in November as well as coming over band will also be over in August to play a number of shows, including a short run with The Fat White Family where the bands will toss a coin to determine who will headline each night. The list of shows is as follows:

AUGUST

16th London Oslo (with The Wytches)
17th Bristol The Fleece (with Fat White Family)
18th Liverpool Kazimer (with Fat White Family)
19th Brighton Concorde 2 (with Fat White Family)

NOVEMBER

12th Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
13th London Village Underground
14th Birmingham The Temple at Institute
15th Glasgow Broadcast
16th Manchester Roadhouse

New From The Ukiah Drag

New From Ukiah Drag

The scorched, warped Americana and post-punk of The Ukiah Drag with its pulsating organs, flattening riffs and creep beats have long found favour here in the Mackerel abode.

Their new LP is titled In the Reaper’s Quarters and can be pre-ordered from Wharf Cat Records. This is Her Royal Grip from it, and a more remorseless and unsettling four and half minutes of music you’ll be hard pressed to find…

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