Introducing >>> Ranchus

Introducing >>> Ranchus

Ranchus is a four piece indie rock band from the Faroe Islands, formed more or less by accident in the fall of 2013.

Rather bizarrely named after the king of goldfish, Ranchus still seems to be a fitting name for a band hailing from a fisher-nation. Their sound ranges from raw, slightly lo-fi angular rock to something softer and more melancholic – imagine something between The Violent Femmes and the Chameleons.

Their debut album is titled Feeling Like A Caged Lion Pacing Behind One Way Glass. Take a listen to a couple of tracks from it below; the propulsive, dynamic Cuz Of U, and the brooding, ominous post-punk of Promises.

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Roadkill Ghost Choir Covers EP

Roadkill Ghost Choir have put together a four track cover EP of some 80s classics. Chief among them is a brilliantly squally, garage-rockin’ version of Dire Straits’ Walk Of Life.

Stream it below together with EP closer, Don Henley’s Boys Of Summer, an altogether more sedate take on the bittersweet original.

Out on the road today, I saw a DEADHEAD sticker on a Cadillac
A little voice inside my head said, “Don’t look back. You can never look back

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Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Another day, another week, another collection of ten excellent tunes from the past seven days collected for your listening pleasure and gratification.

1. Torres – Cowboy Guilt
2. Creepoid – Dried Out
3. Loop – Precession
4. Sweet Spirit & Britt Daniel – Have Mercy
5. Left Lane Cruiser – Tres Borrachos
6. Little Wings – Where
7. Thee Oh Sees – Withered Hand
8. PINS – Young Girls
9. Courtney Barnett – Close Watch (John Cale cover)
10. Father John Misty – Never Been A Woman

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The Cerny Brothers – Sleeping Giant

Sleeping Giant (out May 12th) is the upcoming album from Americana/folk band The Cerny Brothers. 

The record signifies a new direction for the band, as the music has turned from an acoustic, folk element to a more electric, American rock sound while still keeping the folk spirit from their earlier work. The songs deal with becoming a man and finding identity in a constantly changing world, and realizing that we all have a sleeping giant inside of us waiting to be set free.

Listen to album opener Porch Lights.

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MM Shorts 701: Total Babes

It has been nearly four years since we posted about Total Babes, who were formed in Medina, Ohio, by Jayson Gerycz of Cloud Nothings and his friend Christopher Brown as an outlet for pop songs that could not be played in their noise-rock band Swindlella.

Now their sophomore album, Heydays, is set for release on May 18th through Wichita Recordings worldwide.

Blurred Time is the most appetising first track from it. Give it a spin.

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New Video: Elvis Depressedly – Thou Shalt Not Murder

Until recently, we were unaware of the lo-fi bedroom charms of Elvis Depressedly, that was until we heard the brilliant Bruises (Amethyst) (taken from forthcoming long player New Alhambra), which has become a firm fave here at MM Towers.

The duo have now released a beautiful new video for latest single, and album opener, Thou Shalt Not Murder. It showcases perfectly their brightly melancholic noise-pop inspired by heroes such as The Waterboys, Prefab Sprout and Emperor X, and in more conventional instances, Elliott Smith and Mac DeMarco.

Watch it here.

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Love L.U.V. Cover Buddy Holly

It has been more than a couple of years since we featured London based garage-popsters Love L.U.V.

They have shared a new track, a cover of Buddy Holly’s Maybe Baby, released exclusively for Record Store Day as part of the Don’t Try compilation (a title borrowed from Bukowski’s headstone) for American indie label Worker Bee Records.

Borrowing their name from the immortal spoken word intro to The Shangri-Las classic Give Him A Great Big Kiss, the band give this track all the fuzzed-up ’60s, doo-wop girl-band harmonies you could possibly want.

Dive in.

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Sleaford Mods & The Pop Group Announce Split 7″

The Pop Group and Sleaford Mods will release a split 7” on Monday June 18th through Freaks R Us.

The single features Face To Faces a raw alternate version of a vitriolic track featured on the forthcoming Sleaford Mods new album, and Nations, a track taken from Citizen Zombie, The Pop Group’s recently acclaimed album.

Listen to both here.

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